Why I’m Optimistic about the Profession’s Future

Making the case for the proposed AICPA/CIMA association


The American Institute of CPAs recently put forth a proposal with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants to create a new accounting association while preserving the AICPA and CIMA membership bodies. Some might say, “What’s the need?” The profession continues to score well with key business leaders: 87 percent say that CPAs are valuable to their organization, according to one survey. The number of accounting graduates in the United States is surging. And the institute itself continues to grow in membership, thanks to its focus on services, benefits and advocacy.

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