This paper presents a learning strategy that demonstrates how integrated business simulations can be used to enhance accounting education. The Pathways Commission report takes a broad view of the accountant's role in society and argues that accountants serve in a variety of capacities, including advising businesses, assisting management in understanding and monitoring operations, and facilitating the efficient and effective deployment of resources, among others. With experience, accountants have a competitive advantage over many business professionals because they embrace numbers and develop solutions to difficult problems for the benefit of their clients and the businesses they serve. Business simulations help accounting students refine that competence by leveraging their affinity for financial and non-financial numbers as well as their willingness to analyze problems in a structured fashion. Simulations also challenge students to work in unstructured situations, developing their tolerance for and appreciation of ambiguity. The learning strategy further demonstrates how the activities described can be used for course-embedded assessment. Student performance is documented by the business simulation and instructor via objective measures as well as rubrics, examples of which are included herein. The compiled data provide within-course and programmatic feedback that can be used to improve teaching and learning outcomes.

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