The Power of STEM and its Impact on Accounting Enrollments

AAA Webinar, sponsored by Miles Education

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Friday, May 5 12:00—1:00 pm Eastern.

The Washington Post reported - "The Accountant shortage threatens capitalism's future". According to a recent Deloitte poll, most public company hiring managers for finance and accounting roles say their organizations have faced talent retention challenges in the last 12 months (82.4%) and expect to experience recruiting difficulties in the year ahead (82.3%), And to top this, 96%+ universities have reported declining enrollments for accounting undergrads as well as Masters'.

So it's now time to look at an out-of-the-box solution - the international CPA talent pool pursuing MS Accounting (STEM) followed by a 3-year OPT - and how this pool can solve the problem.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. How to convert MS Accounting programs into STEM (including identification of the relevant CIP code).
  2. Why do MS Accounting STEM programs lead to better program outcomes?
  3. How to access the international CPA talent pool.
  4. What are the CPT and OPT opportunities with public accounting firms as well as industry?


Lindsey Cyples, Campus Recruiting Manager

Lindsey is a Campus Recruiting Manager at RSM, focused on leading a team of highly engaged, effective recruiters and implementing recruiting strategies in the Southeast region of the U.S. With the challenges the industry faces with declining accounting enrollment, Lindsey has been working closely with line of business and recruiting leaders to identify ways RSM can increase the talent pipeline and attract quality, diverse talent that meets the growing needs we are facing today by exploring new programs, strategies, and opportunities that will impact firm growth in a positive way.

Lindsey, a graduate of Bowling Green State University, has over 10 years of experience in the public accounting industry.

Uday Murthy, Professor and Eminent Scholar, University of South Florida

Dr. Uday Murthy is Professor and Quinn Eminent Scholar of Accounting Information Systems in the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy at the University of South Florida. He served as director of the school from 2011 to 2019. Professor Murthy earned his PhD from Indiana University, Bloomington. He has published over 50 scholarly journal articles in journals such as The Accounting Review, Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, Journal of Information Systems, Behavioral Research in Accounting, International Journal of Accounting Information Systems, Journal of Management Information Systems, Decision Support Systems, and Information & Management. He has served as coeditor of the Journal of Information Systems, the leading academic journal for accounting information systems research, and currently serves as an associate editor of International Journal of Accounting Information Systems, and on the editorial boards of Journal of Information Systems and Journal of Emerging Technologies in Accounting. In the Brigham Young University Accounting Research rankings, Professor Murthy is ranked #4 in the accounting information systems research field overall and #1 for AIS research using the experimental methodology.

CLICK HERE to view Dr. Uday Murthy on USF's website.

Varun Jain, CPA

Varun Jain, CPA, is the co-founder & CEO of Miles Education (India's largest CPA review working with 15+ US universities for MS Accounting). Earlier in his career, he worked with Deloitte and Morgan Stanley. He is a Harvard B-School alumnus. With 100 MM+ Youtube views, he is undoubtedly the world's favourite CPA instructor.

Dr. Brock Schroeder, Senior Director of Recruitment
Case Western Reserve University (WSOM)

Dr. Brock Schroeder serves as the Senior Director of Recruitment at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He recruits qualified candidates for graduate business programs. Dr. Schroeder is a career faculty member and administrator in various colleges and universities. His current assignment is recruiting students and forming partnerships for enrollment pathways into graduate programs in Business Administration, Accountancy, Business Analytics, Finance, and Supply Chain Management. He loves to travel, meet new people, try new foods, and make new friends.

CPE Information:

Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
CPE NASBA Field of Study: Personal/Human Resources
Attendees can earn up to 1.2 CH
Program Level: Basic
Prerequisites: None
Advance Preparation: None

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