Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Chad Broer & Ashley J. Raduege & Rodney Muth
In years past, business education departments taught courses such as typing, dictation, and filing. With increasing demands from businesses and corporations for more sophisticated employees and consumers, current curricula have shifted from basic skills to developing understanding of technology, communication, and finance. As the national and world economies evolve, business education departments continue to lay foundations for business acumen to prepare future consumers and businesspeople to keep the U.S. economy advancing and remain a leader in the world. A business educator's primary job is to help develop competent employees for the workforce as well as educated consumers. For example, James Mehring wrote in 2004 that the number of bankruptcies in the United States increased nearly 50% between 1991 and 1997, and in the same year, Joan Goldwasser and Barbara Hagenbaugh noted that the average adult was almost $5,000 in debt on credit cards. College students on average graduate from college ...