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AN APPRAISAL OF ACCOUNTING STUDENTS’ PERCEPTION OF FORENSIC ACCOUNTING EDUCATION IN OSUN STATE UNIVERSITY, NIGERIA
This study examined the students’ perception of forensic accounting education in Osun State University with particular reference to awareness and willingness of the students to offer forensic accounting as a course in the university. Data were collected through an open-ended questionnaire and 35 valid responses retuned out of 45 copies of questionnaire distributed which were analyzed through SPSS version 24. The results indicated that there is a high level of awareness regarding forensic accounting course in the university. Majority of the accounting students at M.Sc. class which formed the population were also willing to offer the course. The results of the study indicated that students perceived the forensic accounting education as an important means to help them become a professional in that area of specialization and be able to apply the forensic accounting knowledge to recover diverted assets, identify misappropriated assets, improves financial statement credibility and litigation support. The study also showed that forensic accounting education can make them present an expert witness report in court. This research work contributed to the forensic accounting literature through providing insights regarding the students’ awareness and acceptance to the perceived benefits of forensic accounting education. This has significant implications for the universities’ managements regarding the necessity of forensic accounting education in the university curriculum. Reference to the perceived benefits as revealed in the study, the University might need to seek for Nigerian University Commission (NUC) approval for introduction of the course, forensic accounting at the undergraduate level so that the interest can be built from the foundation.
Keywords: Awareness, Acceptance, Forensic Accounting education, students’ perception