Education

Academic Accounting Programs Ranked

An accounting industry newsletter has named the accounting programs at the University of Alabama (UA) among the nation’s best, according to the Birmingham Business Journal. The website for the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration said that the rankings were published in the October 2006 issue of Public Accounting Report.
Practice Management

Stress at work: What keeps employees up at night

A recent survey reveals disturbing results showing 95 percent of managers feel life is stressful at the office. As a result, stress caused 28 percent to take time off from work. And stress at work is not restricted to managers."Stress in the workplace is a major issue for businesses,” Managing Director of SoftSkill EMEA, Kevin Young says of the study. “Helping people to manage stress can have a positive effect on their effectiveness at work and reduce the number of stress-related absences."
Education & Careers

College Grads Earn More; Accountants’ Pay Continues to Climb

The cost of a college education pays off for most people, according to data from the Census Bureau’s 2005 Current Population Survey released last week. The average gap in earnings for all working adults with a bachelor’s degree and those with high school diplomas is about $23,000 a year, the Associated Press reports. College grads earned an average of $51,554 a year in 2004, the most recent figures available, compared with $28,645 for high school graduates and $19,169 for high school dropouts.
Tax

Enrolled Agents Entering the 21st Century

More than 10,500 individuals have registered to take all or part of the new Special Enrollment Examination (SEE) during the session which began on October 5, 2006.
Technology

How Do You Spell That?

Is correct spelling important? You would think the spelling of words appearing on money would be more important than other uses, but this is not always the case. Reuters has reported that the central bank of Kazakhstan misspelled the word “bank” on their new 2,000 and 5,000-tenge bank notes and the bank wants to put these notes into circulation next month. The tenge is also known by the acronym KZT on world currency markets.
Education & Careers

Half of All College Grads End Up Hating Their Job

Survey results suggest that half of the almost 1.5 million 2006 college graduates will end up being miserable and hating their jobs, according to a recent survey from The Conference Board.
Community News

Accounting Students Get $1.2 Million from Anonymous Benefactor

A $1.2 million endowment bequest has been established for undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships for students studying accounting at the University at Buffalo School of Management. The donor, who grew up in Buffalo and holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the School of Management, wishes to remain anonymous. “This gift from a School of Management graduate,” John M.
Education & Careers

ProQuest Delivers Periodical Content & Professional Standard to Accounting Scholars

ProQuest Information and Learning, the research solutions company, on Monday launched a revolutionary new solution for accounting scholars: ProQuest Accounting & Tax with Standards™. This new model advances traditional aggregation to create a one-step research experience."The new ProQuest Accounting & Tax with Standards product fills a definite void in the need for accounting and tax information for our students and faculty," said Alicia Estes, Head of the Business & Documents Center at New York University's Bobst Library.
Tax

New 2006 Special Enrollment Exam Unveiled

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced last week that the new version of the 2006 IRS Special Enrollment Examination (SEE) is ready. The exam, required for those desiring to become Enrolled Agents (EA), has been substantially revised, as has the testing process.The IRS worked with Thompson Prometric, a company specializing is assessment services, to develop the test and enhance the examination process.
Technology

E-tutoring Now Available to Accounting Students

Accounting students, struggling with a problem in the middle of the night, can now get live help from one of the new online tutoring companies.Based in India and the U.S., these firms employ tutors from around the globe, using a combination of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), instant messaging (IM) and a virtual white board to which the student and the tutor both have access, Reuters reports. Smarthinking.com provides tutoring through individual accounts, college and institutional accounts and its partnership with the publishing company, Houghton Mifflin, Co.
Community News

Honoring Elijah Watt Sells Award Winners & Top CPA Exam Scorers

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) has announced the winners of the 2005 Elijah Watt Sells Awards. The awards are presented annually to the 10 candidates earning the highest cumulative scores on the four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination.
Tax

Congress Clears Up Uncertainty Over 529 Plans

Parents worried about huge college costs have one reason to breathe easier: Withdrawals from Section 529 tuition plans are now permanently free of federal taxes.One line in the massive Pension Protection Act clarified the uncertainty about these college savings plans. A federal law that allowed tax-free withdrawals for qualified education expenses was put in place in 2001, but a sunset date of 2010 was also set.

More Than Ivy in U.S. News’ College Rankings

Breaking a three year tie with Harvard, Princeton ranked first among National Universities in U.S. News and World Report’s annual guide “America’s Best Colleges”. It is the seventh straight year Princeton had been at least tied for the top ranking.
Community News

Accounting Firms Take Long-Term Recruitment Approach

Big Four accounting firms are no longer focusing their recruitment efforts on college business schools, now they’re targeting high schools as well.Taking a long-range view of workforce planning, firms are wooing high schoolers with internships, scholarships and college grants, according to the Wall Street Journal. The idea is to build relationships and loyalty that will sway the students to choose their firm upon college graduation.Take Geovannie Concepcion as an example.

IFAC Publishes New Paper on Ethics Education

“The paper is the result of a wide-ranging research project into ethics education in the worldwide accountancy profession. It is designed to stimulate discussion and debate on the subject of ethics education,” states International Accounting Education Standards Board (IAESB) Chairman Henry Saville.

Student Housing is an Excellent Investment Opportunity

Far beyond the stereotypical “college” images that may come to mind, off-campus student housing is a good investment.
A&A

AICPA Launches Revamped Online CPE Site

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) in May rolled out a much faster and user friendly training and library Web site, called CPExpress, formerly known as Infobytes. Feedback is extremely positive, say Dr. Paden Neeley, AICPA Vice President of Group Study and David Tolson, Director of CPE Product Development, who spoke with AccountingWeb recently about how the AICPA’s online CPE offerings and other training options meet the needs of small and mid-sized accounting firms. CPExpress is much faster than the previous site, says Tolson.

Students Getting Sticker Shock from Textbook Prices

Students entering college in 2006 can expect to pay more than $500 for textbooks for their first semester courses, a huge outlay of cash for many who have already taken out student loans to pay for tuition and fees. University of Connecticut freshman Ben March returned to UConn’s Co-op bookstore for an accounting textbook last February, after having already spent $400 on other textbooks. The book cost $101. “I was trying not to buy it, but I ended up needing it," March said, according to boston.com.
Education & Careers

A Conversation with the Next Generation of Accounting Professionals

Laura Holmes was so sure she wanted to emulate her father and be an accountant when she grew up that she donned one of his suits and identification badge to go trick-or-treating.She was just 10 years old then. These days, the accounting major at California State University in Sacramento, remains true to her aspirations. But what is less certain is the career path Holmes will take following graduation in December.

AICPA Names Former Andersen Partner Director of Academic & Career Development

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) on Monday named Denis R. Reigle Director of Academic and Career Development.

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