ATWorking group considers changes to CPA licensing requirements

Publication: Journal of Accountancy
Published:November 29, 2018

A working group formed by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and the AICPA is exploring possible changes to the CPA licensure requirements that would incorporate the skills and competencies in areas such as technology and data analytics that increasingly are needed in practice and business.

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Working group considers changes to CPA licensing requirements


NASBA Presents 2018 Leadership Awards

Publication: Accounting Today
Published: November 20, 2018

The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy has recognized three CPAs for their leadership and efforts in pushing the accounting profession forward.

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NASBA Presents 2018 Leadership Awards


People & Firms on the Move

Publication: Accounting Today
Published:November 20, 2018

NASBA Appoints New Board of Directors.

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People & Firms on the Move

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People & Firms on the Move


Illinois State boasts high pass rates for CPA exam

Publication: Illinois State University News
Published: Nov. 1, 2018

According to Illinois State University Accounting Department Chair Deborah Seifert, passing the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam is not an easy task. “Nationally, the pass rates are 50 percent or less,” she said. By contrast, Illinois State University’s graduate students achieved a pass rate of 70.4 percent, according to the 2017 report from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).

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Illinois State boasts high pass rates for CPA exam

MAcc Students Rank High on CPA Exam First-Time Attempts

Publication: Arkansas State University News
Published: Oct. 10, 2018

Arkansas State University’s Master of Accountancy (MAcc) students performed significantly above the national average and highest in the state on the 2017 Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam, according to the recently released National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) Report on the 2017 CPA Exam.

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MAcc Students Rank High on CPA Exam First-Time Attempts

NWC Accounting Grads Record Nation’s Second-Best Pass Rate on CPA Exam

Publication: Northwestern College News
Published: August 29, 2018

With a pass rate of 89.3 percent, Northwestern was behind only Washington and Lee University (89.5 percent), according to results reported by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

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NWC Accounting Grads Record Nation’s Second-Best Pass Rate on CPA Exam

OU Tops Big 12 CPA Pass Rate

Publication: The Journal Record
Published: August 28, 2018

The University of Oklahoma’s Michael F. Price College of Business was named first in the Big 12 for the highest rate of first-time certified public accountant exam pass rates for universities, according to a report released by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

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Test Results: The CPA Exam in 2017

Publication: Accounting Today
Published: August 21, 2018

Upon the release of NASBA’s 2017 “Candidate Performance on the Uniform CPA Examination” publications, which come in “Jurisdiction” and “University” editions, the association shared a selection of data from the reports, including average scores by age, the highest-scoring states, and more in a follow-up piece with Accounting Today.

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Deal Signed Between ICAS and US Accounting Bodies

Publication: AccountancyAge
Published: March 06, 2018

In the first agreement of its kind, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) has agreed a deal with US accountancy bodies NASBA and AICPA to enable members from each country to practice the jurisdiction of the other nation.

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Deal Signed Between ICAS and US Accounting Bodies



How to Do a Background Check on Your Financial Pro

Publication: nerdwallet
Published: February 09, 2018

How much do you know about the people offering advice about your money — or even hands-on managing it? Consumers have access to a lot more information about a financial pro than what’s presented in a brochure or mentioned during a meet-and-greet.

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NASBA and AICPA update Uniform Accountancy Act

Publication: Accounting Today
Published: February 05, 2018

The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and the American Institute of CPAs have released the eighth edition of the Uniform Accountancy Act, with some important changes, particularly related to “retired accountants.”

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NASBA and AICPA update Uniform Accountancy Act


Appreciating the Fruits of Labor

Publication: CPAFOCUS
Published: January/February Edition

NASBA’s vice chair talks about her road to success and the importance of paying it forward.

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Appreciating the Fruits of Labor


    Deloitte’s Engelbert on the Three Trends Changing the Profession

    Publication: Accounting Today
    Published: November 06, 2017

    Three significant factors are shaping the profession of the future, Cathy Engelbert, CEO of Deloitte, told a gathering of accountants recently: the impact of new technologies, new demographics, and new client demands.

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    Four Named to Public Ed Foundation Board

    Publication: The Nashville Ledger
    Published: November 03, 2017

    Community leaders Alfonzo Alexander, Judge Sheila Calloway, Tony Heard and Juli Mosley have joined the Nashville Public Education Foundation board of directors to guide and shape the Foundation’s vision for Nashville’s public education system.

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    PCAOB’s Franzel Leans Toward Issuing Blockchain and Data Analytics Guidance

    Publication: Accounting Today
    Published: November 01, 2017

    The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board is likely to issue guidance on the use of blockchain and data analytics technology as more auditing firms weigh the benefits and drawbacks of them.

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    PCAOB’s Franzel Leans Toward Issuing Blockchain and Data Analytics Guidance


    Bishop: Time for a New Pathway to Being a CPA?

    Publication: Accounting Today
    Published: October 31, 2017

    While CPAs will be needed far into the future, the profession – including members, educators, and regulators – needs to be more proactive in the face of massive changes, according to National Association of State Boards of Accountancy president and CEO Ken Bishop.

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    Bishop: Time for a New Pathway to Being a CPA?


    New CPA Exam ‘Very Well-Received’ – with More Changes to Come

    Publication: Accounting Today
    Published: October 30, 2017

    The new version of the CPA Exam that launched in April has performed well, according to two of its architects – but that doesn’t mean they’re finished changing it.

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    New CPA Exam ‘Very Well-Received’ – with More Changes to Come


    The Top People in Public Accounting – 2017

    Publication: Accounting Today
    Published: September 04, 2017

    Accounting Today announced the individuals named to its 2017 “Top 100 Most Influential in Accounting” list. Among the recipients is NASBA President and CEO, Ken Bishop.

    Read Ken Bishop’s biography (page 3)

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    The Top People in Public Accounting – 2017


    Northwestern Accounting Graduates Record Fifth Best Pass Rate on 2016 CPA Exam

    Publication: Northwestern College News
    Published: August 31, 2017

    Northwestern College accounting graduates taking the CPA exam for the first time in 2016 recorded the fifth best pass rate among all institutions that had at least 10 candidates.

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    CFOs Unsure About Letting Employees Earn CPE During Work Hours

    Publication: Accounting Today
    Published: July 12, 2017

    Only 26 percent of chief financial officers said their companies allow all their employees to fulfill continuing professional education requirements while at work, according to a new survey.

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    CFOs Unsure About Letting Employees Earn CPE During Work Hours


    College of Business Programs Prepare Students for Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting Careers

    Publication: Georgia Southern University Press
    Published: June 23, 2017

    Students interested in pursuing careers in fraud examination or forensic accounting have the opportunity to hone their skills and be competitive in the workforce thanks to specialty tracks offered through the School of Accountancy in Georgia Southern University’s College of Business.

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    College of Business Programs Prepare Students for Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting Careers


    NASBA Awards N.C. A&T Professor Research Grant

    Publication: North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Press
    Published: June 22, 2017

    Dr. Brandis Philips, assistant professor of accounting at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has been awarded a research grant by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).

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    NASBA Awards N.C. A&T Professor Research Grant


    NASBA Announces Accounting Education Research Grants for 2017

    Publication: Accounting Today
    Published: June 22, 2017

    The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy announced on Wednesday the 2017 winners of its annual Accounting Education Research Grants. The honored university faculty and researchers will be awarded grants totaling $25,000.

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    NASBA Announces Accounting Education Research Grants for 2017


    Boise State Now Offers Accountancy Master’s Degree Online

    Publication: Rexburg Standard Journal
    Published: April 28, 2017

    Boise State University is now offering its Master of Science in accountancy (MSA) degree online. Available on campus since 1998, the program added an online option in March 2017 to allow more students to enroll. The first cohort of online students will begin their studies in fall 2017.

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    Boise State Now Offers Accountancy Master’s Degree Online


    Updated Version of CPA Exam Released

    Publication: Accounting Today
    Published: April 11, 2017

    The AICPA, National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), and testing company Prometric announced this month the launch of the new version of the Uniform CPA Examination.

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    Updated Version of CPA Exam Released


    Alexander to Speak at WKU’s Gordon Ford College of Business

    Publication: Glasglow Daily Times
    Published: February 9, 2017

    Alfonzo Alexander, Chief Relationship Officer of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and the President of NASBA’s Center for the Public Trust (CPT), will present “Ethical Leadership: The True Sustainable Leadership” at 2 p.m. on Feb. 17 in Grise Hall Auditorium on WKU’s campus.

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    Alexander to Speak at WKU’s Gordon Ford College of Business


    The Importance of a US CPA for a Career in Finance and Accounting

    Publication: Morgan McKinley
    Published: February 11, 2016

    Historically in Japan a lot of professionals working in finance may have had either a very basic book-keeping qualification, or perhaps no qualification at all. There was a very strong concept of qualified by experience here. This is now changing dramatically as more and more international companies are keen to see some evidence of a professional certification. The US CPA remains the most sought after qualification in the Japanese market for international companies.

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    Accounting_todayNASBA Chair Sets Goals

    Publication: AccountingToday

    Published: November 29, 2016
    Reporter: Michael Cohn

    The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy’s new chairman, Telford A. Lodden, described his goals for the organization during his 2016-2017 term, urging members to maintain high standards for accountants during a recent NASBA conference.

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    NASBA Chair Sets Goals


    LATIMESAndrew Marincovich Went From the 1944 Rose Bowl with USC to the Shores of Iwo Jima, and He Still Hates UCLA

    Publication: Los Angeles Times
    Published: November 18, 2016

    Andrew Marincovich experienced the full tapestry of the USC-UCLA football rivalry, attending both schools and playing right guard for the Trojans’ 1944 Rose Bowl champions.

    Spending New Year’s Day in Pasadena was a prelude to a far more exhilarating red, white and blue endeavor.

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    UK logo wordmark 286_0Gatton College to Host Citigroup Whistleblower on Friday, Oct. 28

    Publication: UKNow

    Published: October 28, 2016

    Citigroup whistleblower Richard Bowen will be on the University of Kentucky campus on Friday (Oct. 28) to share his story with students, faculty and staff at the Gatton College of Business and Economics.

    Following Bowen’s talk, students will take part in their choice of five different breakout sessions to be led by the following individuals:

    · Alfonzo D. Alexander, president of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy’s Center for the Public Trust, on ethics;

    · Darrell Ratliff, special agent (ret.) for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, on Treasury special investigations;

    · Gary Smith, president and CEO of Kentucky Trailer, on servant leadership;

    · Kourtney Nett, certified public accountant (CPA) and director of Risk Advisory Services, and Brad Smith, CPA and director of Assurance Services, at Mountjoy Chilton Medley, on fraud; and

    · Paul Fiorelli, co-director of Cintas Institute for Business Ethics at Xavier University, on “Why Good Accountants Do Bad Things.”

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    Gatton College to Host Citigroup Whistleblower on Friday, Oct. 28


    csuc-signatureCalifornia State University, Chico’s CPA Exam Pass Rate Ranks Among the Best in the State

    Publication: Chico News

    Published: October 18, 2016

    A month after U.S. News named California State University, Chico one of the top public schools in the West Region, the Northern California institution’s academic reputation has received another boost.

    According to a recent report by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, 51.4 percent of CSU, Chico candidates passed the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Exam in 2015, one of the highest pass rates achieved by any “access university” in California.

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    California State University, Chico’s CPA Exam Pass Rate Ranks Among the Best in the State


    ATUS CPAs Comment On Professional Employer Organization Regs

    Publication: Tax-News

    Published: August 19, 2016

    The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) has provided recommendations regarding the proposed regulations to establish the certification of Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs), in a letter to the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) dated August 16.

    For example, the AICPA recommended a change in the language related to the definition of a CPA from "Is duly qualified to practice in any state" to "Is duly authorized to practice by a state board of accountancy," to reflect CPA state licensure regulations under the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).

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    US CPAs Comment On Professional Employer Organization Regs


    ATCPE Standards Update Accommodates New Forms of Learning

    Publication: Journal of Accountancy

    Published: August 16, 2016

    CPAs will be able to receive continuing professional education (CPE) credit for instruction received in nano-learning and blended learning platforms under new standards issued Tuesday.

    The AICPA and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) changed the standards for CPE providers as well as NASBA’s Fields of Study document. The changes enable new learning methods that are popular with students.

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    CPE Standards Update Accommodates New Forms of Learning


    ATNASBA President & CEO Ken Bishop Discusses CPA Exam, Credential in Japanese Periodical

    Publication: TAC News

    Published: June 13, 2016

    The Uniform CPA Examination is developed by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and implemented by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). It has been open to Japanese candidates since August 2011.

    As the number of U.S. CPA Exam takers is expected to increase amid accelerating globalization, we spoke to Ken Bishop, President of NASBA, regarding the value of acquiring the qualification, its international value and future plans for the Examination.

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    ATNASBA Announces 2016 Accounting Education Research Grant Recipients

    Publication: Accounting Today
    Published: August 9, 2016

    The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) recently announced the recipients of its Accounting Education Research Grants Program for 2016. Faculty and postdoctoral researchers from three U.S. institutions were awarded research grants totaling $24.500.

    "NASBA is again pleased to provide researchers with needed funding to conduct research on critical topics impacting the accounting profession. We look forward to learning more about the findings from these three projects once completed," stated Alfonzo Alexander, Chief Relationship Officer at NASBA.

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    NASBA Announces 2016 Accounting Education Research Grant Recipients


    ATNASBA Launches Experience Verification Service for CPA Applicants

    Publication: Chartered Club

    Many CPA applicants were facing difficulties in finding a CPA who could verify their experience. To make it easier for the CPA applicants, NASBA has launched the Experience Verification service which will help CPA applicants get their experience verified.

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    NASBA Launches Experience Verification Service for CPA Applicants


    AT664,532 — and Counting

    Publication: Accounting Today

    Published: June 22, 2016

    Here’s some exciting news: As of April 22, 2016, there were 664,532 actively licensed U.S. CPAs.

    You might think that simply giving a headcount of the members of a profession — particularly a profession as closely associated with numbers as accounting — would be more "interesting" than "exciting," but I stand by my contention that the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy’s enumeration is, in fact, exciting, and I’ll double down on it by adding "ground-breaking."

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    664,532 — and Counting


    TennesseanNew Leadership Nashville Class Announced

    Publication: The Tennessean
    Published: June 16, 2016

    Leadership Nashville has announced the members of its 41st leadership class.

    The nine-month program is designed to strengthen not only the community, but provide leadership education to Nashville’s most influential community members.

    The class includes Alfonzo Alexander, president, Center for Public Trust, National Association of State Board of Accountancy.

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    New Leadership Nashville Class Announced


    ATProposal Would Clear Path to CPA for Foreign Credential Holders

    Publication: Journal of Accountancy

    Published: June 9, 2016

    Changes proposed this month to the Uniform Accountancy Act (UAA) and the Uniform CPA Examination Model Rules are designed to help holders of qualified foreign designations apply for state licensure as a CPA and support the updated Uniform CPA Examination.

    The AICPA and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) published an exposure draft containing the proposal and seek comments by Sept. 1.

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    Proposal Would Clear Path to CPA for Foreign Credential Holders


    AT664,532: The Number of Active CPAs in the US

    Publication: AccountingWeb
    Published: June 1, 2016

    There are more than half a million actively licensed individual CPAs in the United States, according to the first such tally ever compiled by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).

    The official count was 664,532 licensees as of April 22, gleaned from NASBA’s national database of CPAs that aggregates data from 51 of the 55 CPA licensing jurisdictions nationwide.

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    664,532: The Number of Active CPAs in the US


    ATNew Accounting Products – June

    Publication: Accounting Today

    Published: May 27, 2016

    We noted above the difficulty of proving one’s expertise; how much harder, then, to prove your integrity, or your ethics? This used to require waiting for a tough post-mortem exam outside the Pearly Gates; now, the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy’s Center for the Public Trust can help you demonstrate your understanding of ethics in business with its Ethical Leadership Training and Certification. The three training modules use videos, real-world ethical dilemmas and more to teach you about ethical culture, leadership and strategy. While they can’t guarantee that you’ll act ethically in your work, at least they’ll show that you know how to.

    Separately, NASBA has launched its CPA Experience Verification service, which pairs CPA license applicants with a client manager to guide them through the application process, and then verifies their work experience through a partner.

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    New Accounting Products – June


    IPAThe DataFlow Group Announces Global Affiliation with NASBA

    Publication: Inside Public Accounting

    Published: May 9, 2016

    The DataFlow Group, a leading global provider of specialized Primary Source Verification (PSV) solutions, background screening and immigration compliance services, announced a new strategic relationship with NASBA. Under the agreement, the DataFlow Group will assist NASBA and its member Boards of Accountancy by verifying the professional experience of international applicants for the U.S. CPA license.

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    The DataFlow Group Announces Global Affiliation with NASBA


    ATPurdue Calumet Accounting Graduates Excel on CPA Examination

    Publication: Chicago Tribune
    Published: April 28, 2016

    Graduates of the Purdue University Calumet accounting program excelled in a national 2015 report of candidate performance on the Uniform CPA Examination.

    The report, released by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, indicated the 58.3 percent passing rate of Purdue Calumet graduates exceeded the national average of 49.8 percent.

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    Purdue Calumet Accounting Graduates Excel on CPA Examination


    ATNASBA Offers Ethics Training and Certification

    Publication: Accounting Today

    Published: April 27, 2016

    The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy’s Center for the Public Trust has introduced an Ethical Leadership Training and Certification for business professionals.

    The online, self-paced and interactive program includes three training modules that discuss ethical culture, leadership and strategy. Each module provides videos, real-world ethical dilemmas discussed by subject matter experts, along with quizzes to test the participant’s understanding. Participants can take the modules individually, or as a whole, to earn the ethical leadership certification.

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    NASBA Offers Ethics Training and Certification


    ATMPI Stands up to Planner Criticism

    Publication: meetingstoday.com
    Published: April 2016

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) recently received criticism from meeting and event planners after announcing a new Meeting Fundamentals certificate program for the "non-traditional planner."

    "While I am a senior planner who yearns for advanced education, there is no denying that there is a need for basic education in our industry," said Angela Layton, CMP, CMM, senior meeting planner with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

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    MPI Stands up to Planner Criticism

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