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    1-Do you have academic tunnel vision?

    Part one
    You have just completed part one of the three intermediate courses and in the second week of number 2.. Prior to your intermediate courses the program was such that it could have easily lured you into something called "tunnel vision". By this I mean that you took the assignments and went to the text and found the information either through reading or examples that you needed to complete those assignments. So everything was centered around the assignments and the text. Some read the material for understanding while some took the assignments and used the text to search out those parts that gave examples and/or descriptions. Some worked on the assignments during the week while others waited till the weekend to work on the assignments. It could be easy to go through this process and not retain the information you would need for future classes. This process worked fine until you reached intermediate accounting and then you noticed some things beginning to change. Often there were not exact examples in the text or the survival guide on what the problems in the assignments covered. This was true of the finals as well. This brought fourth concern on the part of the student and the general comment that the text was not very good. However, the study and work process of most students did not change with many seeing a drop in their course grades from what they had received in earlier courses. Intermediate starts with the assumption that the student has retained what was covered in previous courses and thus that is not repeated while at the same time it is needed. Those students that picked up on this change and adjusted their study and problem solving process to incorporate outside references and materials (including prior text) as well as a different way to use the text maintained or improved their grade level. The most important part was they left the "tunnel vision" process behind and will retain the information much better.

    2-I recently read an article that talked about the effects of the glass ceiling both past and present. There was a discussion about how some pensions were less than they should have been because of the glass ceiling being in place. There was also a discussion about how it affected the company in general and more specifically the accounting department. There were other areas covered like the type A personality, possible causes of fraud, etc. due to these work constraints. I had someone tell me that the glass ceiling had only an indirect effect on the operations of the accounting department.

    Does the glass ceiling exist today? Can you give me some instances where you have experienced the glass ceiling?
    How can the presence of the glass ceiling affect the work ethic of the accounting department?
    What are your thoughts on the type A personality and the positive or negative effect on the workplace.
    Are there any other workplace bias in use today and if so what are they?

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    Part 1 - I don't have academic tunnel vision, I don't think I ever have. I never think that there are not other options and other opportunities that might assist me more then my current path. I believe that opportunities change and I just have to pay attention to when that happens.

    Part 2 -

    Does the glass ceiling exist today? I think the glass ceiling does exist today, but ...

    Solution Summary

    The solution discusses academic tunnel vision.