A lot is being written about the radical changes that are underway for higher education. Whether you're pondering the implications of MOOCs (massively open online coureses) or considering society's reaction to the growing tuition fees and student debt, it's becoming clear that tomorrow's higher educational environment is going to be radically different from today's.
Given the magnitude of change that is possible, the Board and Council kicked off our "Sharpening Our Vision" project and spent the 2012-13 year exploring these trends and making initial recommendations for how the AAA should respond.
There are many ways to learn about these efforts:
Last weekend the Membership Advisory Committee (MAC) met in Sarasota to identify projects that would support members during the upcoming year. They kicked off their meeting with a brainstorming session: Using a single word, describe what is meaningful about your membership.
The group developed a long list, and then everyone voted for their top 5 words. The figure shown here is a "Wordle" or Word Cloud of all of the words the committee members identfied, with the size representing how popular each was. If you click on the picture, you can see it full size. (You can learn more about wordles here: http://www.wordle.net . Our AAA word cloud was created with this site: tagxedo.com)
What words would you use to describe the AAA's value to you? (Click on this post, and share your responses as comments.)
I always enjoy reflecting on the year, and finding out what others think has made a difference...so from many of the "best of" lists that come out at this time of year, the one that first caught my eye:
7 Most Important Tech Trends Of 2012 posted on CIO's web site...
What struck me as interesting was how many of these technologies (5 out of 7) have implications for accountants:
1. Big data - if we're not analyzing it, are we doing our job?
3. Near-field communications - what are the audit implications? Privacy issues?
4. Biometrics - sure it helps with security, but, again, what about privacy?
6. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD—oh, don't I wish it was a "---B"?) - the technology challenges with consumer devices are huge, as are implications for processes (and SOX compliance), security, and potentially privacy
7. 3-D Printing - We have entered the Enterprise and can have replicators in our homes! Think how this could turn manufacturing on its head: no more "work in progress" and a lot less inventory! Would ABC costing still be needed?
My questions to all of you - are you including these in your classes and your research? Do you think the accounting profession sees these initiatives as ones they should be involved in? Do you think the article missed anything important?
And if these aren't too interesting, here are a few more "best of's" for 2012:
Happy New Year to you, and yours!
The Intellectual Property Task Force spent the last academic year developing a medium-term strategy for our publications (we are going to remain in control of our editorial decisions and will focus on managing partnership with world-class providers), and now they're beginning to explore what the long term future might look like for scholarly publishing. We're going to be looking into the article of the future in the next few months, and we've been benchmarking with other publishers to see what business models might emerge.
Do you think that open access will become commonly used? Is there a need for a business mega journal like PLoS? If you'd like to learn more, watch the attached video (click this link or "more" below), and please provide comments about what you think the future of scholarly publishing might look like... and what we should be studying now to be ready for that future!
The Auditing Section’s new initiative—Auditing Section Research Summary Database—is available to the public through the AAACommons and is targeted to support practitioners. The Section has compiled a database of 15 research topics and each topic area has numerous sub-topics. The Section launched the project recently with over 130 topic-specific summaries and plans to continue to add more summaries over time.
Thanks to the Auditing Section Leadership and Committee Members who contributed to make this initiative possible and especially all the Ph.D. Student Members who helped write the initial set of research summaries.
The AAA headquarters office recently underwent a complete renovation and now it’s time to decorate the walls. We invite you, our members, to participate in this project by submitting your favorite photos by June 30 to be displayed as art on our office walls. Click here to get started.
The new Digital Library platform has a lot of features that can help us stay on top of what's happneing in research, and it just takes a moment to sign up for alerts to make it automatic. Just follow these simple steps:
This year the American Accounting Association has been working with Jim Hasselback to make his faculty directory available on line. Rolled out in the fall, schools that are activated are now searchable just by going to hasselback.org whenever you are online.
The other big change is that now faculty can update their own data, rather than having their department chairs fill out forms on their behalf.
So, spring's a great time to reflect on your interests and your activities during the year, and make sure that they're being included in the Directory accurately. Take five minutes to go to hasselback.org. log in, using your AAA log in id and password, and udpate your information.
And if your school hasn't been activitated, just let your department chair know that we can help to get you visibility in the next generation of the Hasselback Directory.
Last month, the Accounting Program Leadership Group had their mid-year meeting, and those in attendance had the pleasure of learning from Dan Roam, the author of The Back of the Napkin and Blah, Blah, Blah. I was struck with several things that he said:
To test his theory, several of us went to see his representation of the health care reform act. And if you click on the picture here, you'll be able to see it, too... and I was amazed that he and Tony Jones, MD, were able to make something really complex (14,00 pages long!) pretty understandable. Click Here to let us know what you think - and what you might be able to do for your students.
If you didn't go to APLG, you'll have another chance to meet Dan: he's going to be the speaker at this year's TLC WOW! Event at the Annual Meeting... Keep your eye out for more information!
This week, we released our new mobile version of the AAA Digital Library. If you want to access it from your smart device, just open the browser and go to aaajournals.org If you do that from your computer, you'll go to the traditional site... but if you go from a mobile device, you'll see the new mobile version! (With a tablet, you may be taken to the full site, but you can click on "View Mobile site" at the top. With mobile, you can log in to get access to full text articles, based on your membership subscriptions - or pair your device with your library to get access to all of the AAA content (as long as they've subscribed to the Digital Library package). To learn how, just click on the link to the Digital Library Support Page.
Check it out - and let us know what you think!
Members tell us that networking and sharing ideas are key reasons to be part of the AAA community. So many things are happening in accounting education - we need to explore new ways to stay connected.
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