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'MAAP'ing the future

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January 9, 2012

Professor Carleton Donchess of the department of accounting and finance co-organized the 2011 Massachusetts Association of Accounting Professors conference, which focused on the nation's proposed International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and technology in the classroom.

A primary aim of the conference, held this year at the Hotel Tara in Framingham, was to provide best practices for accounting instruction and establish ongoing communication and cooperation between the commonwealth's community colleges and public universities. This was the first time the conference has been held in eight years.

Professor Donchess said the MAAP conference provided accounting professors with important updates on emerging developments within the discipline and other relevant topics, such as the IFRS. "This will allow professors to bridge research and practice when discussing these issues in the classroom," he said.

If implemented, the IFRS will change how American companies report financial information moving into the global age, allowing for better comparability of financial performances between foreign countries, said Professor Donchess.

"As the world's economies continue to become more globalized, this 'apples to apples' comparison of financial reporting information is becoming increasingly important so users of the information can make informed decisions," he said.

The keynote address was delivered by Dr. G. Peter Wilson, who is the Joseph L. Sweeney Chair of Accounting at Boston College. He is widely recognized for his research and teaching, having published articles in numerous academic journals, earned numerous teaching honors and developed and taught short courses for Fortune-50 companies.

Additionally at the conference, faculty from colleges and universities across the commonwealth hosted demonstrations and panel discussions centered on implementing technology in the classroom. Presenters included: Kitty O'Donnell of Onondaga Community College; Mitch Franklin of Syracuse University; and Jennifer Fink of McGraw-Hill.

On hand at the event were representatives from more than 20 institutions across Massachusetts. Attending BSU finance and accounting faculty members included: MaryBeth Tobin, assistant professor; Harold Silverman, professor; Kathleen Sevigny, professor; Dr. Patricia Bancroft, professor; Mark Crowley, assistant professor; Len Long; and Caitlin Finning-Golden.

The conference was co-organized and Bruce England of Massasoit Community College. Co-sponsors include the Mass Society of CPAs and McGraw-Hill Publishing. (Rob Matheson, '07, University Advancement)

(Left to right) Bruce England, Pete Wilson and Carleton Donchess
MAAP attendees gathered for one of the presentations

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