Education

Parents & Students Need More Help Planning for College Expenses

Anyone considering attending college or sending someone to college, be prepared. There’s a lot more to the cost of a college education than just tuition, fees, room and board. A recent survey conducted by Key Education Resources, the education financing arm of KeyCorp, found that 69 percent of students living away from home and 66 percent of parents are surprised by the costs of ancillary expenses. The most shocking expense? Textbook prices. Thirty percent of students and 25 percent of parents reported having no idea how expensive textbooks would be.
Education & Careers

An Enron Factor at Top Business Schools

The Enron scandal factors in a current report on America’s leading undergraduate business schools as identified in a BusinessWeek survey, and that bane of the accounting profession is also part of the thinking at some of those top schools.Advertisement
Practice Management

CMA Exam Content Is Relevant to Profession

The findings of a recent Job Analysis Survey conducted by the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (ICMA), confirms that the content of the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam continues to be relevant to the on-the-job knowledge and skills performed by management accountants.
Education & Careers

Accounting Scholarships

Scholarships assist in the pursuit of an accounting education. These opportunities are offered by educational and corporate sources. Several of these programs are described below.The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) offers their Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students. Students must be declared accounting majors having a minimum 3.3 GPA. The applicant must have completed 30 credit hours, with at least six in accounting.
Community News

AACSB International Accreditation Recipients

Thirteen academic institutions around the world have recently earned accreditation from Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. These schools join an elite group of 514 accredited institutions, representing less than 10 percent of the world’s business schools, achieving this designation. Of the total 527 accredited institutions, only 168 have also achieved accounting accreditation.
Tax

Internal Auditing Gaining in Popularity

With internal auditors taking a more prominent role in U.S. companies, the popularity of the field is surging."Our membership has more than doubled in the last 10 years," said Trish Harris, director of communications for The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).

Half of Employers Balk at Paying for Continuing Education

Half of Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) participating in a recent survey developed by Robert Half Finance and Accounting, report that their organizations do not reimburse staff for the continuing education credits required to maintain the professional certifications of their staff members.Advertisement
Education & Careers

The Different Dimensions of CMA

During the final stretch of tax season, AccountingWEB had the chance to speak with former Chairperson of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), Kim Wallin, regarding the different dimensions of the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation. Ms. Kim Wallin, CMA, CFM, CPA, is the principal of public accounting firm D.K.
Technology

DeVry University to Offer Accounting Technology Degree

Growing demand for trained accounting professionals has inspired DeVry University, known for career-oriented technology programs, to offer a new associate degree in accounting technology, beginning in May 2006.Advertisement
Education & Careers

Pennsylvania Poised to Join 47 CPA Jurisdictions with 150-Hour Rules

The 150-hour rule, hotly debated a few years ago, is gaining new attention in Pennsylvania where a bill winding its way through the Legislature would place that state with the other 47 CPA jurisdictions that require candidates to complete 150 hours of undergraduate study to qualify for the CPA license.Advertisement
A&A

Introducing the First Real-World CFO/Controller Training Course

At 5 p.m. Eastern Time, on Thursday, May 4, 2006, accounting professionals in the New York metropolitan area who aspire to become chief financial officers (CFOs) or Controllers will have the opportunity to learn about advanced training courses at the Regev Institute CFO/Controller seminar. The two hour seminar, which is also open to CFOs and controllers seeking to sharpen their professional skills, will focus on critical but frequently overlooked financial executive tasks and responsibilities.

Play-Doh™ Economics

Do you remember playing with Play Dough(TM) as a child? Are your children or grandchildren playing with it now? Or maybe you have some hidden in a drawer to help relieve stress. On first inspection, little seems to have changed since we were kids. But where we may have learned things about shapes and colors, today’s kids are learning about economics.
Education & Careers

Minority High School Students to Explore Accounting Careers in June

Latino/a and African American high school juniors will have an opportunity to explore the accounting profession and the key role accountants play in society, during PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Accounting Careers Leadership Institute program, being held June 18 to 23, at Bryant University in Rhode Island.Advertisement
Education & Careers

Oil Industry & Accountants

With a shortage of accountants specializing in the oil and gas industry, EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. paid $20,000 to partner with the business school at the University of Colorado, at Denver, (UCD) for an oil and gas accounting course. EnCana USA is a subsidiary of Canadian giant EnCana Corporation located in Denver, according to the Denver Business Journal. The company is paying for the books for the course.
Tax

Policing Resume Padding

The state of Washington is considering a bill that would impose a $1,000 fine on those claiming, in writing, to have an academic degree they didn’t possess. Also, failing to disclose that a listed degree came from an unaccredited institution will cause a fine. The bill passed the Washington House last week and now goes to the Senate, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. These degrees are offered to people based on their general life experiences. The bills aim to close legal loopholes concerning “diploma mills” operating within the state and in foreign countries.
Education & Careers

Tweens Savvy About Savings

The next generation is learning financial prudence, according to a survey of American “tweenagers” conducted by Weekly Reader Research and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). When asked what they would do with a gift of $100, 59 percent of children between the ages of 9 and 12 indicated they would save at least $50.The announcement of the survey results, coincide with the launch of a special “Budget Buzz” program.
Technology

Vertex Property Tax Reference Joins CCH State Tax Offerings

CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business, announced on Monday that the company had acquired the Property Tax Reference from Vertex Incorporated. The product will immediately be rebranded CCH Property Tax Reference as it joins CCH’s authoritative and popular line of state tax online, print and CD-ROM products for tax, accounting and compliance professionals.“CCH is committed to providing professionals with the most authoritative, comprehensive research resources available,” Angela Darrow, CCH product manager, said in a prepared statement.
Tax

Mark Your Calendar: Location-Based Tax Incentives

Location, location, location. This familiar mantra of the retail and real estate industries now applies to tax incentives. The numerous valuable tax incentive programs available to businesses based upon their location, will be the topic of a live, 150-minute audio conference presented by CCH, a Wolters Kluwer company, on at 2 p.m.
Technology

New Agreement Opens Doors to CPA.CITP Certification for CPA/CISA Practitioners

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) announced a new agreement between the organizations on Thursday.
Community News

David Maister Launches Marketing Masterclass Series of Podcasts

This month, business guru David Maister launches the first in a series of unique, marketing podcasts for professional services firms. The first four of 14 podcasts will be available, free, on his web site, at www.davidmaister.com, beginning January 23.

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