AICPA, AAA and NASBA to unveil new accounting curriculum

The AICPA, NASBA, and the American Accounting Association (AAA) are preparing to unveil the new CPA Evolution Model Accounting Curriculum during a launch event in June.

The free online event, to be held June 15-16, will provide attendees with a thorough overview of the Model Curriculum. 

Task force members who developed the curriculum will give in-depth presentations, walking through emerging topics and learning objectives while also addressing how accounting programs might prepare students for the Information Systems and Controls, Business Analysis and Reporting and Tax Compliance and Planning disciplines.

The curriculum is tied to the CPA Evolution initiative, which the AICPA Governing Council and NASBA Board of Directors voted in 2020 to advance and culminates with a new Uniform CPA Exam in 2024.

The Model Curriculum release comes on the heels of a new AICPA and NASBA report that highlighted gaps between existing accounting curriculum and topics tested under the new CPA Exam.

The Accounting Program Curriculum Gap Analysis Report found mixed results for educational coverage of emerging and technology topics across accounting programs nationwide. While more than 60% of collegiate accounting programs are teaching topics like data analytics and IT audit, fewer programs cover cybersecurity, predictive analytics or System and Organization Controls (SOC).