|[June 30, 2014]
AICPA Launches Site on Future of Learning for CPA Profession
NEW YORK --(Business Wire)--
The American Institute of CPAs today launched a new website designed to
spark a profession-wide reevaluation of how CPAs engage in lifelong
learning and measure competency in a fast-changing world.
The site, futureoflearning.aicpa.org,
contains the findings of the AICPA Task Force on the Future of Learning
- a working group of public accounting firm leaders, industry CPAs,
regulators, association leaders and educators - and examines the latest
innovations in professional development and education. The task force
to the AICPA governing Council in May and now released publicly for
the first time, is presented through a mix of text, video and graphics
in an interactive, online format.
"The AICPA has always provided best-in-class training to assist CPAs in
maintaining their skills throughout their careers," said Anthon
J. Pugliese, CPA, CGMA, CITP, senior vice president and chief
operating officer of the AICPA and co-chair of the Future of Learning
task force. "But the way CPAs learn has to evolve to reflect the
transformation we're seeing in technology, the workplace and the
changing expectations of our clients, employers and peers."
Visitors to the site are encouraged to comment on the task force's
recommendations, share them through social media and other means, and
join idea exchange groups on the future of learning. The ultimate goal
is to identify and nurture the most promising learning advancements that
will strengthen career development and skill mastery for current and
"Meaningful change won't be accomplished by any single organization
working alone, which is why we're reaching out to tap the collective
wisdom of the profession," said Lawson
Carmichael, the AICPA's senior vice president of strategy, people,
and innovation, and the task force's other co-chair.
The main recommendations of the task force are:
Innovate and Experiment. Leverage technology to enhance
learning experiences. Implement small changes for a huge impact.
Ignite a Passion for Learning. Start with the learner's needs.
Make learning engaging and relevant.
Make Learning Personal. Filter content and focus resources that
address individuals' knowledge and competency needs. Deliver any
topic, anywhere, any way.
Measure What Matters. Rethink compliance to measure learner
competency, development or performance. Create and leverage a unified,
global competency framework. Develop one uniform, global compliance
Carmichael and Pugliese are available for interviews on the report.
About the AICPA
The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is the world's largest member
association representing the accounting profession, with over 394,000
members in 128 countries and a 125-year heritage of serving the public
interest. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including
business and industry, public practice, government, education and
The AICPA sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing
standards for audits of private companies, nonprofit organizations,
federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform
CPA Examination and offers specialty credentials for CPAs who
concentrate on personal financial planning; fraud and forensics;
business valuation; and information technology. Through a joint venture
with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA (News - Alert)), it has
established the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)
designation to elevate management accounting globally.
The AICPA maintains offices in New York, Washington, DC, Durham, NC, and
Media representatives are invited to visit the AICPA Press Center at aicpa.org/press.
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