The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy has awarded three grants totaling $24,500 to university faculty and post-doctoral researchers to research educational issues that affect the public accounting profession.

The grants announced Thursday went to recipients of NASBA’s 2013 Accounting Education Research Grants Program, which funds up to $25,000 a year in research on educational issues affecting CPAs, boards of accountancy and the public accounting profession.  Since the research program launched in 2011, nearly $70,000 has been awarded to aid academics in pursuing accountancy-focused research initiatives. The selection process was spearheaded by the members of NASBA’s Education Committee, chaired by Karen Turner.

“We are again excited to award three grants this year,” said NASBA chief relationship officer Alfonzo Alexander in a statement. “We are encouraged that the results of the research will help us better understand the current realities and the future needs of accounting education.”
Accounting Education Research Grants will be awarded to researchers from the following universities:

University of Notre Dame: A Comparison of CPA Exam Performance by Candidates from For-Profit and Not-for-Profit Institutions - $5,000. Submitted by H. Fred Mittelstaedt, Ph.D., and Michael H. Morris, Ph.D.

Bryant University: Developing a Model Accounting Curriculum: Which Attributes of Accounting Degree Programs Predict CPA Exam Success? - $7,000. Submitted by Dennis Bline, Ph.D., Stephen Perreault and Xiachuan Zheng, Ph. D.

Mississippi State University: The Influence of Gender on CPA Exam Pass Rates - $12,500. Submitted By: Brad S. Trinkle, Ph.D., and Jim Scheiner, Ph.D.

For more information about the Accounting Education Research Grants Program, click here.