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The Deloitte Foundation and American Accounting Association host discussions on enhancing the accounting education experience

Accounting thought leaders and educators met at Deloitte University to discuss complex accounting issues.

Wilton, Connecticut, April 1, 2014 — Approximately 60 accounting and auditing professionals and educators convened at the 49th annual Robert M. Trueblood Seminars for Professors, which were held at Deloitte University on February 26-March 1 and March 12-15. Hosted by the Deloitte Foundation and the American Accounting Association (AAA), the seminars offer a unique opportunity for select faculty and Deloitte partners and managers to discuss complex accounting and auditing issues and case materials that will ultimately enhance the in-classroom experience for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in accounting.

The program includes 25 case studies that explore various technical accounting and auditing issues facing the accounting profession today. It also features a presentation from a senior Deloitte leader, an update on the standard-setting activities of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and conceptual framework issues, a presentation on the teaching implications of standards that deviate from the conceptual framework, as well as a discussion on how to use the cases in the classroom.

“Each year, the Trueblood Seminars provide accounting practitioners with the opportunity to share their experience and knowledge of the current business environment with educators,” said Carol Lindstrom, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and president of the Deloitte Foundation. “These conversations, as well as the seminar’s case studies, play an important role in helping professors enhance their curricula and bring real world business issues and challenges into their classrooms. From our perspective, this is essential to enrich the academic experience for future accounting professionals.”

This year’s program content was developed by faculty representatives of the Trueblood Seminars Planning Committee, including co-chairs Kimberly Westermann of Florida International University and Lynn Dikolli of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Other committee members included: Joe Trainor (St. John’s University), Richard Cazier (Texas Christian University), Yonca Ertimur (University of Colorado-Boulder), and Erin Nickell (University of Denver).

Following the seminars, faculty participants will be able to share these cases with students, engaging them in discussions and further developing their critical thinking skills. The Deloitte Foundation’s Trueblood Case Study Series includes approximately 50 accounting and auditing cases and is available online for faculty use. For more information on the cases, please visit

About the Trueblood Seminars
The Robert M. Trueblood Seminars have been held annually since 1966 under the auspices of the Deloitte Foundation. In 1975, the AAA joined Deloitte in administering the seminars. Through the years, more than 2,200 professors have attended the program.

About the Deloitte Foundation
The Deloitte Foundation, founded in 1928, is a not-for-profit organization which supports education in the U.S. through a variety of initiatives that help develop the talent of the future and their influencers and promote excellence in teaching, research and curriculum innovation. The Foundation sponsors an array of national programs relevant to a variety of professional services, benefitting middle/high school students, undergraduates, graduate students and faculty. For more information, please visit the Deloitte Foundation web page at

About the American Accounting Association
The American Accounting Association is the largest community of accountants in academia. Founded in 1916, it has a rich and reputable history built on leading-edge research and publications. The diversity of the membership creates a fertile environment for collaboration and innovation. Collectively, AAA members shape the future of accounting through leading-edge research, education, publications and a powerful network, ensuring their position as thought leaders in accounting. Learn more about the AAA at

Clay Perschall
Deloitte LLP
Public Relations
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