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Recruiting Accounting Grads for Enforcement

Accounting is a hot profession this year and not just in the private for-profit sector.
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Baylor Graduates Score Highest on CPA Exam

Accounting graduates from Baylor University have out-scored their Texas counterparts on Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exams taken between January and March 2005 according to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.
Education & Careers

College Students Reaching for Credit Cards Less Often

Undergraduates are keeping smaller balances on their credit cards – at $2,169 – than at any time since 1998, according to a new study by student loan originator Nellie Mae.Nellie Mae's study analyzed credit card behavior of Nellie Mae student loan applicants over the last year, following up on three previous studies done in 1998, 2000 and 2001.
Community News

New Accounting Scholarship Unveiled at Chicago State University

Up to five outstanding accounting students at Chicago State University (CSU) will receive up to $2,5000 to help them overcome financial hurdles in earning their Certified Public Accountant (CPA) credentials. The Marian Powers Accounting Scholarship Fund has been established by Dr. Marian Powers and her husband, Dr. Belverd Needles, Jr. CPA, and is funded by the Illinois CPA Society’s CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois and Chicago State University.
Community News

Professional Athletes Learn Business

Some kids dream about growing up to play football in the National Football League (NFL). Those lucky few who make it, often don’t dream any farther than that. The NFL and many individual teams, including teams sometimes considered “blue collar” like the Green Bay Packers, are working to help players prepare for life after football.“An NFL player’s career can end at any moment due to injury or being cut, and you have to be prepared,” 28-year-old Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, a defensive end for the Packers told the Business Journal of Milwaukee.
Education & Careers

Gifts for Your Grad

It’s that time of year. Graduation. With so many choices, it might be a difficult to decide what to give your special graduate.
Community News

AICPA Names Outstanding Educator for 2005

Charles H. Smith, currently KPMG professor of Accounting at Penn State University, is the recipient of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (AICPA) Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education for 2005.
Education & Careers

The Grad Gift That Saves Them Thousands of Dollars

The U.S. Department of Education recently announced that student borrowers, even those who are still in school or the grace period immediately after graduation, may consolidate existing government-backed students loans and lock in the low interest rates currently available.
Education & Careers

Federal Reserve Board: The Next Generation

If President Bush is having trouble finding someone to fill Alan Greenspan’s shoes as Chairman of the Federal Reserve, he might want to extend his search to students at Pittsford Mendon High School in Rochester, New York. They even have experience in the job, having won the 10th Annual Fed Challenge.The Fed Challenge is an academic competition providing high school students an insider’s view of how the Fed makes monetary policy.
Technology

Kaplan Introduces New CPA Exam Study Tools

No one said passing the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam was easy. Even if it were, not everyone who studies accounting in college wants to take the CPA exam immediately upon graduation. As a bill passed last week in Maine requiring future state auditors to have CPA designation, demonstrates, more and more jobs in accounting and finance are requiring CPA certification.The rising demand, and corresponding salary increases, for CPAs is making some professionals rethink their decision not to sit for the test.
Education & Careers

AICPA Launches New Education Resource

The Accounting Education Center at www.aicpa.org, provides users with education and curriculum development programs, student recruiting resources, scholarship and award information and a variety of publications, reports and other studies.Information on the site is divided into five categories:Education and Curriculum DevelopmentCareer AwarenessScholarships and AwardsPublications, Reports and StudiesMinority InitiativesWithin the Education and Curriculum Development section, users will fi
Education & Careers

Accounting for Success

In a state known for its athletic prowess, members of the Grady High School University Interscholastic League (UIL) accounting team swept the top three honors in their first year of 5A competition earlier this month. They are hoping to continue their winning ways at the regional academic event held Saturday at Texas Tech University. If the team claims top honors at the regional event, they could be on their way to Austin for the state competition.“We wanted to set the standard for 5A,” accounting coach Connie Stone told the Hood County News.
Practice

New Accounting Graduates Paid More

The average starting salary of graduates with degrees in accounting have risen 3.9 percent since the same period last year, according to the spring salary survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers.Accounting graduates can expect offers averaging of $43,809. Economics and finance graduates can expect to see offers of $42,802, which is an increase of 5.1 percent over the previous year. This increase is in part due to financial and treasury analysis offers averaging.
Education & Careers

Accounting Gets Sexy

The day of the accountant has arrived! After years of working in small offices under the shadow of the glamour jobs in the investment and banking industries, accounting has become HOT! Despite popular perception, it didn’t happen overnight.High-profile fraud cases from Enron to WorldCom to AIG, at first appeared to be giving the accounting industry a black eye. Instead, as the amount of regulation on companies, both public and private, increases, so has demand for accounting and auditing services.
Education & Careers

New Name, Better Benefits for Education

Americans, in general, are not savers. Not even when the reason for saving is a good one: education. Uncle Sam has decided to try to encourage saving for education by renaming and revamping the education IRA.The new program is called a Coverdell Education Savings Account or ESA. It was created as an incentive to help students and their parents save for education expenses. Like the education IRA, an ESA is set up for a beneficiary under the age of 18.
Education & Careers

Deloitte & Touche USA LLP Hosts “School to Work Day”

Deloitte & Touche USA LLP will play host to more than 600 "at risk" high school students across the country, as part of "School to Work Day" on Friday, March 4. The program is designed to motivate students to stay in school and prepare for a career. Hundreds of people from more than 20 Deloitte offices will volunteer their time throughout the day, as instructors and mentors. In addition to participating in panel discussions and mock interviews with their hosts, students will embark on internet scavenger hunts to enhance computer literacy.
Education & Careers

Accounting Professors Endorse Computerized Uniform CPA Exam

One hundred (100) percent of university accounting professors say the newly computerized Uniform Certified Public Accounting Examination (CPA Exam) will give more students the opportunity to pass and increase their scores, according to a new survey.
Education & Careers

IU Accounting Students Test the Real World

Students in the Systems & Accounting Graduate Programs at Indiana University have the opportunity to solve real business problems before they leave the picturesque Bloomington, Indiana, campus. By completing the renowned Kelley School of Business’ field consulting project course, teams of graduate accounting students utilize their skills and education as consultants for a variety of companies and organizations throughout central Indiana.The program is thought to be one-of-a-kind among graduate level accounting programs at the nation’s colleges.
Education & Careers

IRS Issues Final Regulations on Student Exception from Employment Taxes

Last week, the Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations on the exception from employment taxes for services provided by students when those services are performed for a school, college or university. The regulations were issued earlier this year in proposed form and a hearing was held on June 16. Although wages paid to students for working for a school, college or university are subject to income tax, a special exception excludes the wages for such services from FICA and FUTA taxes if certain requirements are met.
Education & Careers

Business Growth Continues to Fuel Demand for Accountants

Chief financial officers (CFOs) surveyed for the Robert Half International Financial Hiring Index expect a net 5 percent increase in the hiring of accounting professionals in the first quarter of 2005, down one point from the previous quarter's forecast but three points above projections made this time last year. Nine percent of executives polled plan to add staff, and 4 percent anticipate reductions in personnel. Eighty-six percent of respondents foresee no change in staff levels. The national poll includes responses from 1,400 CFOs from a stratified random sample of U.S.

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