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Educator E-News: February 2020

by MICPA | Feb 10, 2020   ()

Join Us for the Spring Accounting Educators Conference
Set to take place at Saginaw Valley State University on May 29, now is the time to save the date and plan ahead.  First time attendees, and educators that do not receive support from their institution, are eligible for the Spring Educators Conference Grant. Those awarded will receive a reimbursement of their registration fees.
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MED Wants Your Input
The Michigan Department of Education is offering a survey to the public to review Michigan’s Top 10 in 10 strategic education plans. According to the Department’s spokesman Bill Disessa, the state superintendent wants to review the plan and make necessary adjustments. The goal of the plan, originally created in 2016, is to elevate Michigan’s state education rank into the top 10 within 10 years.
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2020 CPA Exam Score Release Dates Have Arrived
Mostly, that is. The first two testing windows, complete with target score release dates are now available from the AICPA. This article from Going Concern speculates the missing half of the year’s score release dates indicates the plan to launch continuous testing on July 1 is on track.
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Content Changes to CPA Exam on the Horizon  
The Journal of Accountancy reports the AICPA is proposing new content changes to the CPA Exam which will appear in the CPA Exam Blueprints this year. The changes are the result of months-long conversations and feedback from over 80 AICPA content experts and 130 CPAs responsible for supervising newly licensed CPAs.
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Simple Strategies to Raise Evaluation Scores Without Lowering Expectations
While studies have shown that professor evaluations are often a result of student bias, they are likely to remain a part of the faculty evaluation process according to the Journal of Accountancy. While that may not be comforting news for some, there are a few, simple tactics instructors can use to improve evaluations from students without compromising their curriculum standards.
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Exam Tracker: Find Out How Candidates Performed on the 2019 CPA Exam
According to Going Concern, the AICPA has yet to update the 2019 pass rate chart to reflect Q4 results but Gleim CPA Review claims the results are in with numbers to show for it. So, how did candidates fair in the final quarter of 2019? See for yourself!
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Social Media Trending in Education
The Journal of Accountancy reports that adding social media to your classroom toolkit may improve student engagement with coursework and prepare them for professional interaction online. From online discussion boards to juggernauts like Instagram and LinkedIn, accounting professors are embracing social media and helping their students understand the difference between managing an effective online presence and oversharing. 
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Accounting Students Motivated to Make an Impact
The winners of AICPA’s ThisWaytoCPA Video Competition want to better their communities and make an impact on the world, in addition to discovering new career opportunities, according to this article by CPA Practice Adviser. The contest required students to submit videos explaining their reasons for wanting to become a CPA, and the winners’ submissions are available to view online.
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CPAs Give the 4-1-1 on the 1010
The Journal of Accountancy recently spoke with several tech-savvy accounting professionals regarding technology and its impact on their approach to the profession. From LexisNexis to artificial intelligence, CPAs from around the country discuss technology-driven changes to their practices while weighing the pros and cons.
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Source: MICPA
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