State Board Report

March 2012

Up to three one-year research project grants will again be awarded this year by NASBA to faculty and postdoctoral researchers in U.S. academic institutions. The program, totaling a maximum of $25,000, seeks to advance research on educational issues impacting the public accounting profession and State Boards’ charge to protect the public. Education Committee Chair Karen Turner (CO) reported research areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Characteristics of successful CPA candidates
  • Model curricula for successful CPA candidates
  • Effective rules of professional conduct for the public’s protection
  • Best work experience requirements
  • Barriers to groups seeking a CPA license
  • Success or failure of on-line education.

Grant recipients for the 2011 research awards came from Alabama A&M University, Howard University, Mount Olive College, St. Cloud State University and the University of Mississippi. Proposals will be accepted in electronic format through 11:59 p.m. Central Time on April 9, 2012. Grant recipients will be announced on May 16, 2012. Details about the program can be found on NASBA Chief Relationship Officer Alfonzo Alexander said: “NASBA is excited to work with the academic community again. We desire to be a resource for CPAs, educators, regulators and CPA candidates through this program.”

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