AICPA/AACSB Practitioner Engagement Program

August 20, 2017

Program Overview

The AICPA is working with the AACSB to increase CPA practitioner engagement in the accreditation process. Increasing accounting practitioner engagement in the accreditation process will add value for the university accounting program seeking accreditation/reaffirmation and ultimately for the profession. The AICPA has agreed to recruit 75 CPA volunteers for the program. Selected practitioners will be a vital part of the accreditation process and governance structure by volunteering to serve on an AACSB accounting peer review team or AACSB committee. 

If you are interested in participating in this program, please fill out an application. If you would like to recommend a CPA practitioner who you think would be a good fit please fill out a recommendation form

If you have any questions, please contact Cortney Sanders, AICPA - Lead Manager, Professional Media and Academic and Student Engagement.

CPA Practitioner Volunteer Attributes 

The following are four skill sets/backgrounds required for the selected practitioners to be recruited to take part in the accreditation process:

  1. Practicing or recently retired CPA and member in good standing of the AICPA and their state society AND
  2. For the initial recruiting period, individuals can commit to serving for 3, 4 or 5 years (average one PRT per year) on teams or on committees AND
  3. Sufficient experience in accounting practice to be of optimal benefit to the accreditation process.

Plus, the selected practitioner should meet at least one of the following three requirements: 

  1. Service on firm peer review teams 
  2. Service on an Accounting Advisory Council/Board 
  3. University teaching experience and an understanding of university processes and governance

Onboarding

Selected practitioners must attend a two-day onboarding workshop during late summer of 2018. The onboarding workshop will be offered in-person and via webinar. Trainings may be recorded as a refresher for practitioner volunteers. For in-person training, AICPA will cover the following costs:  AACSB trainer and other trainer fees, including transportation and lodging costs, training facility fee, meals costs during training, training materials, webinar production costs, internet access fees and approved incidentals. Practitioner attendee fees associated with the in-person training such as airfare, lodging and transportation will not be covered by the AICPA or AACSB. The attendee or their firm or company must cover the cost of lodging and transportation associated with the in-person training. 

Volunteer Reimbursement

For each accreditation visit, the AACSB will coordinate payment of volunteer expenses of each volunteer practitioner from the college or university associated with the accreditation visit, including lodging and transportation.

Program Timeline

Late 2017 - Recruitment of CPA practitioner volunteers
Early 2018 - Practitioners are selected and notified
Early 2018 - List of practitioner volunteers sent to the AACSB
Late Summer 2018 - Onboarding for volunteer practitioners
Early 2019 - Initial inclusion of volunteer practitioners on AACSB PRTs

Next Steps

We are currently in the volunteer practitioner recruitment phase of the program. If you are interested in participating in this program, please fill out an application. If you would like to recommend a CPA practitioner who you think would be a good fit please fill out a recommendation form

If you have any questions, please contact Cortney Sanders, AICPA - Lead Manager, Professional Media and Academic and Student Engagement.