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Wake Forest students win KPMG’s international competition

Competing against teams from around the world, a group of Wake Forest University students representing the United States won the KPMG Global Case Competition in Athens, Greece, last week.
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Accounting Scholarship Programs

AccountingWEB has compiled a list of scholarship opportunities for accounting students.

Take advantage of changes in education credits and deductions in 2009

Many more taxpayers may be able to take advantage of education credits and deductions for 2009 because of new legislation.

ACPEN annual tax update set for December 10

This year's Accounting Continuing Professional Education Network (ACPEN) Annual Tax Update will provide experienced tax practitioners and advisors in public accounting and private industry with an update on current federal tax developments occurring within the past 12 to 18 months. The primary emphasis of the course will be on any new tax legislation enacted prior to the presentation date.

Real world education: Tips for workplace training

Formal education is a finite exercise, it ends with graduation or certification, although there is no limit on the number of degrees and diplomas a person can earn. Learning, however, never ends. In fact, long-term success in business demands that individuals continue learning, but not always through continued formal education.
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CPA profession creates doctoral scholars program

The CPA profession has created an Accounting Doctoral Scholars program to help reverse a shortage of Ph.D. accounting faculty in U.S. colleges and universities. The new program is being spearheaded by the largest accounting firms and will be administered by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Foundation. To date, more than 70 of the country’s biggest firms, along with several state CPA societies, have committed a total of $15 million to the program.

Conference hot topics: Not for profit, XBRL, estate planning, IFRS, and fraud

Accounting professionals who attend conferences this summer will be signing up as usual for courses that bring them up to date with the latest technical developments in tax and audit and for courses that meet state ethics requirements, but they will also be able to choose courses at conferences that are devoted to major changes on the immediate horizon of the profession or identify opportunities for practice development.
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Becker Professional Review announces national scholarship winners

Becker Professional Review, a subsidiary of DeVry Inc., announced that it has selected 50 deserving students for its Scholarships for Success program. Each of the selected winners will receive a Becker CPA Review scholarship to prepare for the CPA Exam.
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Certifications add value to the job search

By Paul A. Sharman, ACMA president & CEO, Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)With today's uncertain economy and recent massive employee layoffs at large corporations such as Yahoo! and Ford, it's important now more than ever that job seekers do as much as possible to stand out from other applicants in this increasingly competitive marketplace. It is especially important for accounting and finance professionals to be equipped to comply with the new regulations imposed by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, following the corporate fallouts at places such as Enron and WorldCom.

Microsoft gives students access to technical software at no charge

Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates today will unveil a software giveaway that will ultimately provide millions of college and high school students around the world with access to the latest Microsoft developer and designer tools at no charge to unlock their creative potential and set them on the path to academic and career success.The Microsoft DreamSpark student program makes available, at no charge, a broad range of development and design software for download.
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Students report CPA exam still has technical problems

Three and half years after the introduction of the uniform CPA exam administered by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), accounting students are still reporting technical problems with the exam.
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Who's teaching today's kids to balance their bank account?

Summer is almost over and parents should be worried, not about back-to-school shopping, but whether or not their children are learning how to budget, save and invest in their futures. A survey released by Visa showed that only 5 percent of adults learned about the vital life skill of money management in elementary or high school - a surprisingly low number.The Visa survey of 1,000 cardholders also found that less than half of people (48 percent) learned about money management from their parents while 41 percent were self-taught or learned the hard way.
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New online governmental accounting certificate program addresses demand for financial workers

A new online governmental accounting certificate program was developed collaboratively by the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government. The program was created to address the growing demand and shortage of financial workers.The "demand for accountants has exploded," according to Charles Ingersoll, principal at Korn/Ferry International, a recruiting and staffing firm, in a recent Washington Post article.
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Deloitte and AAA to award Wildman Medal to three outstanding academics

The Deloitte Foundation, a not-for-profit arm of Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, and the American Accounting Association (AAA) have confirmed the winners of the 2007 Deloitte/AAA Wildman Medal. The team of three outstanding members of the academic community who will receive the honor includes Professor Vivien Beattie, University of Glasgow; and Professors Stella Fearnley and Richard Brandt, University of Portsmouth, all from the United Kingdom.

CFPs face new ethics standards

On May 31, 2007, the Board of Directors of Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board) announced the adoption of an updated Standards of Professional Conduct, which sets forth the ethical standards for CFP professionals. CFP professionals found in violation of CFP Board's ethical standards may be subject to public discipline, up to a permanent revocation of the right to use the CFP® marks.The updated Standards will become effective July 1, 2008.

Quiz: Check your financial IQ

The Florida State University Center for Professional Development offers some quick quizzes as part of its Financial Planning Fundamentals course.
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Tax Analysts to provide free resources to accounting professors and students

Tax Analysts, a non-profit pubic service organization that provides in-depth tax information resources for tax professionals, has announced it is making its news and research products available at no charge to accounting, law, and economics professors and their students.The purpose of Tax Analysts Campus (Tax Analysts’ complimentary educational Web access program) is to provide professors an opportunity to teach with, and students to learn with, Tax Analysts’ news and research products.

The American College lures FPA members to retirement coaching program

The American College has entered into an agreement with the Financial Planning Association (FPA) to provide FPA members with money saving discounts if they enroll in The College's CASL Retirement Coaching Program. FPA members who have earned their CFP certification will be eligible to receive up to $210 in savings toward a CASL designation from The American College. Other FPA members interested in enrolling in the CASL program can save up to $90.

Tuesday morning session: California accounting & business conference

By Rob Nance, PublisherNotes from this morning's session of the California Accounting & Business Conference:Virtual workforces, clients' kidsThe Future of Small Business & What it Means for Your Practice was presented by Brad Smith, SVP and GM, Small Business Division, Intuit and Steve Blundell, CPA Accountant Strategy Consultant, Intuit.Blundell raised eyebrows in the packed session when he declared that firms should seriously consider hiring a virtual workforce.Blundell also suggested that firms "do a free class on financial responsibility for the children of cl
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Deloitte & Touche Mentors Chicago-area Students

Deloitte & Touche teamed up with the Chicago Public Schools to sponsor a mentoring program aimed at developing the skills of Chicago-area students pursuing careers in accounting, business, ethics and finance. More than 100 Deloitte employees were to venture outside their offices to serve as guest teachers to 1,200 students.


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