Magazine article The CPA Journal

History Conference Looks Back and Looks Forward

Magazine article The CPA Journal

History Conference Looks Back and Looks Forward

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The Annual Research Conference of the Academy of Accounting Historians was conducted at the Marriott Hotel on Public Square in Cleveland, December 6 and 7, 1996.

The conference, on the eve of the centennial year of the NYSSCPA, included presentations by Julia Grant of Case Western Reserve University and James Craig, managing editor of The CPA Journal. Dr. Grant is the editor of The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants: Foundation for a Profession published by Garland Publishing Inc. as part of a series in accounting history. She reviewed some of the historic events of the founding of the society and the persons most influential in the formative years of the society. Craig highlighted selected other events in the life of the New York Society putting them in the context of its statement of purpose drafted originally in 1897 and last revised in the 1920s.

The remainder of the conference focused on the importance of the CPA examination in the development of CPA education. Several important episodes involving individuals, who led the efforts for passage of the first CPA law and the administration of the first CPA examination in December 1896, were included in presentations throughout the conference. One session, for example, featured a presentation on Charles Waldo Haskins, who served as founding president of the NYSSCPA in 1897 and held that office for several years until his death in 1903. Another paper presented a theoretical analysis of the first CPA examination administered in December 1896.

The program concluded with a premier panel of profession al leaders, including AICPA Chairman Robert Mednick, American Accounting Association President Joseph J. Schultz, and Doyle Z. Williams, dean of the College of Business, University of Arkansas, and former head of the Accounting Education Change Commission. The panel, which focused on the future of the CPA examination, presented an extensive review of the emerging responsibilities and skills expected of future CPAs and the anticipated impact of the 150-hour education requirement. …

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