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Centre for Innovation in Accounting Education
Centre for Innovation in Accounting Education

Centre for Innovation in Accounting Education

In partnership with and funded by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (previously, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario).

The CPA/Rotman Centre for Innovation in Accounting Education is taking a leadership role in innovative accounting education, building upon the significant accomplishments that the University of Toronto faculty has achieved in terms of integrative thinking and learning, creating professional accounting programs at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

The Centre provides funding to faculty members to promote and create enhanced learning environments, capitalizing on technology and research in learning.  The Centre continues to provide support and leadership in reforming the accounting curriculum within the accredited programs and provide opportunities for accounting educators and the profession to share ideas.

 

Funding over 60 projects to date, the Centre for Innovation in Accounting Education has had a formative impact on the delivery of high quality, up-to-date accounting education in Canada, and the University of Toronto specifically. This has been accomplished through program enhancements, course enhancements, research and new course development.

 

In the 2013/2014 year, the Centre approved 11 new projects for funding, which included projects on all three campuses of the University of Toronto. This was an extremely busy year given the unification in the profession. The University of Toronto created a new 12 month Master of Management & Professional Accounting (MMPA) Program and made revisions to the 24/27 month MMPA Programs. The CPA profession accredited the following MMPA programs at the University of Toronto:

 

1.                   The 12-month program coupled with one of:

                 the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Accounting Specialist Program from the University of Toronto, Mississauga; or

                 the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Accounting Specialist Program from the University of Toronto, St. George; or

                 the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Specialist in Management and Accounting Program from the University of Toronto, Scarborough.

2.            The 24-month program.

3.            The 27-month program.

 

The Centre also provided funding for the development of a Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting.

 

The Centre sponsored a well-attended accounting education workshop in the CPA Accounting Education Workshop series:

                 September 20, 2013 (St. George campus/Rotman) – Tashia Batstone (Vice-President Education Services, CPA Canada), Sandy Hilton (Director of Professional Education Programs, CPA Canada) and Brian Leader (CPA Ontario)  Impact of the new CPA Canada Program for University Accounting Education

 

On March 5, 2014, the Centre co-sponsored (with CPA Canada and the UTM Institute for Management & Innovation) a symposium entitled “Educating Professionals: Ethics and Judgment in a Changing Learning Environment”. The symposium speakers included lawyers, medical doctors, educators, engineers and accountants. The symposium is the second in a series which is meant to foster reflection and deeper thought regarding professional accounting education. The first symposium was held in 2010 and was entitled “Leveraging Change – The New Pillars of Accounting Education”. The 2014 symposium built on the body of knowledge from the 2010 symposium. This symposium was also a first for the newly created Institute for Management & Innovation at the University of Toronto, Mississauga. The findings from the symposium were presented by Karen McCardle (CPA Canada) and Irene Wiecek at the CAAA conference in Edmonton.

 

The Centre for Innovation in Accounting Education is generously sponsored by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (previously, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario).