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  • Julie Smith David
    Changes on the horizon and the AAA is Sharpening Our Vision
    blog entry posted July 16, 2013 by Julie Smith David 

    SoV coverA 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:

    • Click on the figure (or here), and see a 10 minute video in which Karen Pincus introduces the major trends that we're facing.
    • Come to the annual meeting and learn more.  The Plenary sessions will focus on the future of higher education, research, and teaching.  There will also be a panel on Monday afternoon to share the recommendations from the Sharpening our Vision project.
    • Go to the web site to read more about these issues - and to provide your input into the project efforts.
  • Julie Smith David
    What does the AAA mean to you?
    blog entry posted May 10, 2013 by Julie Smith David 

    apple picture of wordsLast 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: .  Our AAA word cloud was created with this site:

    What words would you use to describe the AAA's value to you?  (Click on this post, and share your responses as comments.)

  • Julie Smith David
    It's that time of year: the X best... at everything!1
    blog entry posted November 28, 2012 by Julie Smith David 

    I always enjoy reflecting on the year, and finding out what others think has made a 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!

  • Julie Smith David
    What's the future of scholarly publishing?1
    blog entry posted August 18, 2012 by Julie Smith David 

    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!

  • Judy Cothern
    The Auditing Section’s New Initiative!
    blog entry posted June 18, 2012 by Judy Cothern 

    Auditing Section Research Summary DatabaseAuditing Section Research Summary Database

    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.

    Check out this great new resource directly at or from the link on the Auditing Section's Commons Home Page.

    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.

  • Judy Cothern
    Last Month to Help Us Decorate Our Office!
    blog entry posted May 31, 2012 by Judy Cothern 
    Last Month to Help Us Decorate Our Office!

    AAA Headquarters-Bessie BuildingDeadline to Send Photos—June 30!

    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.

  • Julie Smith David
    Do you know what's new in your favorite journals?
    blog entry posted April 18, 2012 by Julie Smith David 

    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:

    1. Go to the digital library
    2. Log in with your email address and Digital Library password
    3. Click on your name in the upper right hand corner;  this will bring you to your personal area within the Digital Library.
    4. Click on the Alerts tab (as shown at left)
    5. Want to receive table of contents alerts?  Just click by the journals, and they'll come automatically!
    6. Want to receive notices of articles before the journal is out?  Just specify how often you'd like to get the "Ahead of Print" alert.
    Let us know what you enjoy about the Digital Library - or what else you'd like to learn.  Just click on the "more..." link below, and add a comment - we'll get back to you!
  • Julie Smith David
    Time for spring cleaning? How about updating your...
    blog entry posted March 12, 2012 by Julie Smith David 

    hasselbackThis 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 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 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.

  • Julie Smith David
    A Picture is worth... 14,000 pages?
    blog entry posted March 7, 2012 by Julie Smith David 


    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:

    • He who draws the best picture, wins!
    • You don't have to be an artist to make visual (vivid) represenations
    • We could use visuals to represent financial concepts - and help those for whom numbers are hard

    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!

  • Julie Smith David
    We've gone mobile!2
    blog entry posted February 15, 2012 by Julie Smith David 

    mobileThis 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  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!  

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