Sarah Thorrick, Visiting Assistant Professor of Accounting, wants her students to operate from a place of curiosity. Because that’s what accountants and auditors are - they’re curious. They ask questions, remain skeptical, and look for the big and small things to help piece financial stories together.
In the Fall 2018 semester, the curiosity she teaches her students came to life in a way no one, even her students expected. She teaches the Audit and Assurance course in the College of Business, a course where students learn about the basics of financial auditing and other accounting tasks, while working with real world clients. In the past, her classes have worked with local entrepreneurs and small businesses, helping them audit their finances and discover opportunities for growth.
This time around, Thorrick chose something close to home - New Orleans charter schools. Her oldest child recently started at a local charter school and she was curious about their finances and any financial irregularities.