Kansas State University Accounting Pilot and Bridge Program
Overview of the Accounting Pilot and Bridge Project
JUST THE FACTS
1. More than 50% of CPAs in practice will retire in the next ten years. Other professions (medicine, law, engineering, etc.) will also experience dramatic declines in their membership in the next 10 years.
2. The number of high school graduates will decline in the next ten years. All professions will be competing for a declining supply of talented students.
3. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Curriculum has access to the largest number of high quality students in the United States. (About 1.99 million students in 2011 took AP Exams and more students were in AP classes but did not take the AP exam.) There is a strong correlation between students who take technical AP classes (math and sciences) and their subsequent enrollment in similar courses in college.
4. No accounting organization has a formal or informal relationship with the College Board’s Advanced Placement system. Existing high school accounting classes are designed to prepare students for jobs after high school and not for college level accounting courses.
5. There is no systemic link between high school accounting teachers and college/university accounting programs. There are no AP classes in any business discipline, but 33 in math, science, and other liberal arts subjects.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:
1. Given the coming competition by all professions for the best students, will the accounting profession be able to attract quality students to its supply chain?
2. Is it realistic to assume current high accounting enrollments will continue for the next ten years?
3. Why has the accounting profession and accounting educators not developed a systemic link to the single largest pool of intellectual capital in high school? 4. If collegiate engineering, math, and arts and sciences programs around the United States (and growing worldwide) have participated in Advanced Placement for nearly 50 years, why has accounting and business not sought access to these students?
WANT TO IMPROVE RECRUITMENT OF HIGH QUALITY STUDENTS TO ACCOUNTING? PARTNER WITH THE ACCOUNTING PILOT AND BRIDGE PROJECT!!
The goal of the Accounting Pilot and Bridge Project (APBP) is to get the College Board to add Accounting to its AP Curriculum. This will create direct access to the largest pool of intellectual capital in high schools today.
The APBP at Kansas State University is modeled after the AP structure and has:
1. Created a rigorous college level introductory accounting course for high schools based on AECC recommendations. (Description of curriculum and learning objectives is on website.)
2. Trained over 800 high school teachers in 44 states to teach the course. (Training will continue until AP adopts accounting.)
3. Created a rigorous (three hour) qualifying exam for students who want advanced placement in college curriculum. (Interested accounting programs can review the qualifying exam.)
4. Granted credit for the KSU first accounting course and allowed students to enroll in the second introductory accounting class for students that take the high school course, pass the qualifying exam, and enroll at Kansas State. (KSU is graduating pilot students this spring.)
HOW TO PARTNER WITH THE APBP PROJECT?
Pilot the program at your school. This means, when a student is admitted to your college/university, just agree to grant credit for the first accounting course and/or placement in your school’s second accounting course!
WHAT THE APBP PROJECT AT KSU WILL DO
1. Administer and grade qualifying exams for high school students.
2. List your school and its criteria for participation on the ABPB Website and make this information available to students who pass the qualifying exam. (For Kansas State, a passing grade on the qualifying exam is 85%. Participating schools can set their own criteria for a passing grade.)
3. Send the names of students who have passed the qualifying exam and identify those who have expressed an interest in the participating school.
FOR MORE INFO OR TO JOIN THE PROJECT CONTACT:
Dr. Dan Deines firstname.lastname@example.org 785-532-6038
UNT Union 332