Our commitment to the CPA pipeline is stronger than ever. Efforts of the AICPA, firms, state societies and many others have led to the number of accounting college graduates growing in the past 12 years from 45,000 in 2001-2002 to 82,000 in 2013-2014. Additionally, while about 24,000 candidates successfully completed the CPA Exam in 2008, we have averaged slightly over 26,000 since then.
The profession’s focus on the CPA pipeline has long been a priority. That will continue, with new approaches to attracting, engaging and inspiring the future generation of CPAs. We are constantly creating, implementing and evaluating programs to build the pipeline.
Over the past year, we have launched or refined many AICPA programs to align better with our goals. Our initiatives are focused on three themes:
1) Increasing the recognition of the CPA on campus;
2) Expanding reach beyond 4-year colleges; and
3) Building relationships with academics.