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Accelerating education to meet the pace of business
The Foundation sponsors a variety of national initiatives designed to inform and equip educators with the tools they need to stay on top of industry changes within professional services. Since 1928, foundation initiatives have engaged faculty from across the US to develop the talent of the future in audit, advisory, tax, and consulting.
Leading in our universities
Tomorrow’s business challenges require a new type of leader with a diverse skillset that enables them to innovate at the pace of business. Since 1928, the Deloitte Foundation has evolved alongside education, helping to support educators and develop future leaders in the critical fields of audit, advisory, tax, and consulting. Whether through classroom curriculum, financial support, cutting-edge research, or efforts to promote excellence in teaching, the Deloitte Foundation is helping education institutions confront the global skills gap head-on.
Educators play a critical role in preparing the profession's next generation of business leaders. The Deloitte Foundation is committed to supporting educators and students by providing resources, teaching/curriculum materials and other investments in academic programs that promote excellence in education. We are making an impact on tomorrow’s leaders today through the following:
Established with an initial gift of $1 million from Mike Cook, retired Deloitte & Touche LLP chairman and CEO, and his wife, Mary Anne, the award recognizes up to three professors annually, one each in the categories of graduate, undergraduate, and two-year accounting degree programs. Award recipients must consistently demonstrate the attributes of a superior teacher in the discipline of accounting. Each prize consists of a cash award, a silver medallion, and a certificate.
American Accounting Association Wildman Award
Together with the American Accounting Association, the Deloitte Foundation sponsors the annual Wildman Medal, which is awarded to an author (or co-authors) of research judged likely to advance the theory and practice of public accounting.
American Taxation Association Teaching Innovation Award
The Foundation also directly supports new teaching methods by sponsoring this annual award for tax professors who develop innovative teaching techniques that encourage critical thinking.
Auditor Independence Education Materials
Deloitte & Touche LLP, in conjunction with the University of Illinois Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society, has developed a program to help auditing professors and other faculty teach auditor independence to their students. Since inception, the Auditor Independence Education Materials have been used by 583 professors from 419 universities in 38 countries.
The materials, which include a video program, discussion questions, an in-class laboratory market game, five case studies, suggested solutions, and teaching notes, were designed to create a greater awareness among students about why independence is important to our profession as well as the capital markets. Portions of the education materials can be used for undergraduate and graduate courses and may be particularly useful for introductory accounting and auditing, and advanced auditing courses.
Deloitte Foundation/Federation of Schools of Accountancy Faculty Consortium
The annual consortium is designed to provide accounting faculty with a better understanding of business issues, and deliver best practice information that participants can incorporate into their institutions’ curricula. The program is delivered as a combination of presentations from regulators, standard setters, practice and experienced educators at leading accounting programs.
The Foundation works closely with the FSA Board to develop and execute the content-rich programs designed to help faculty from FSA schools deepen the educational experiences of their students, the next generation of accounting professionals.
Materials from recent conferences, including case studies and data sets, can be found on through the FSA website.
Forensic Accounting Case Studies
The Deloitte Foundation Forensic Accounting Case Study Series provides an effective tool to understand ways to uncover fraud and corruption in complex scenarios and high risk environments.
The Deloitte Foundation Forensic Accounting Cases are available as PDFs. Topics include: payroll, claims management, sales commission fraud, procurement fraud, asset misappropriation, tax fraud, sales fraud, and FCPA investigations.
Professorships, fellowships, and chairs
The Foundation has provided more than $17 million in endowed professorships, fellowships, and chairs to help universities attract and retain top faculty.
University of Illinois-Deloitte Foundation Center for Business Analytics
The University of Illinois-Deloitte Foundation Center for Business Analytics is creating leading-edge curriculum for business analytics to provide students with the data knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to become highly-trained business leaders of tomorrow.
The first course in Foundations of Data Analytics, released in April 2019, is free, online and accessible to anyone who wants to leverage it for their educational mission. The course consists of 60 hours of curriculum broken up into eight modules that can be used on their own or integrated into existing curriculum:
- Module #1: Foundations (6 hrs, 30 min)
- Module #2: Introduction to Python Programming (8 hrs, 30 min)
- Module #3: Introduction to Data Analysis (6 hrs, 30 min)
- Module #4: Statistical Data Analysis (8 hrs, 30 min)
- Module #5: Introduction to Visualization (6 hrs, 30 min)
- Module #6: Introduction to Probability (7 hrs, 30 min)
- Module #7: Exploring Two-Dimensional Data (8 hrs, 30 min)
- Module #8: Introduction to Kernel Density Estimation (7 hrs, 30 min)
Each module contains multiple lessons and was designed by faculty at University of Illinois, Gies College of Business. For more information on the Center, contact Kristy Chernick.
Tax Faculty Symposium
A Deloitte Foundation sponsored program designed to expose tax professors to the latest technical and business knowledge on practice, regulatory, and policy issues in taxation.
Trueblood Seminars for Professors and Case Studies
Since 1966, more than 2,400 professors have attended the seminars, which the Foundation sponsors with the American Accounting Association. Here, Deloitte & Touche LLP partners recreate difficult cases they have encountered in practice and work with attending faculty on possible solutions. Rounded out by guest speakers, the Trueblood Seminars keep professors connected with real-world issues and current challenges of the profession. There are also 50 financial accounting and auditing cases that faculty can access whenever needed for use in the classroom.
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The Foundation has supported accounting PhD education for decades through its Doctoral Fellowship Program, which has supported more than 1,000 PhDs, and the American Accounting Association/Deloitte Foundation/J. Michael Cook Doctoral Consortium and other initiatives. It is also at the forefront with the AICPA Foundation, Big Four public accounting firms, and many other large CPA firms and state societies to help reverse the shortage of PhD accounting faculty in the United States by increasing the pipeline of quality doctoral candidates in accounting—the future educators of the future leaders of the accounting profession.
The Deloitte Foundation provides PhD resources in the following areas:
American Accounting Association/Deloitte Foundation/J. Michael Cook Doctoral Consortium
The Consortium gives advanced doctoral students a chance to meet with some of the country's most distinguished faculty in a collegial setting. Since 1971, the Consortium has helped students who are about to become faculty discuss important issues related to research, teaching, and career development.
Accounting Doctoral Scholars
The Deloitte Foundation, in conjunction with the AICPA Foundation, dozens of the country’s largest accounting firms and several state CPA societies, sponsors the ADS program which addresses the growing shortage of Ph.D. professionals in auditing and tax. The program provides financial support to encourage professionals, with public accounting experience in auditing and tax and an interest in teaching, to transition into academic roles at the university level. For further program information, contact www.adsphd.org.
Deloitte Foundation Doctoral Fellowship program
Since 1956, this program has provided financial support to outstanding doctoral students in accounting. Up to 10 recipients each year are awarded $25,000 each to help cover expenses during their final year of coursework and the first year of their dissertation. The program has supported more than 1,000 PhDs and is increasing the pipeline of faculty who are preparing the next generation of business leaders.
For more information on any of these programs, contact US NY Deloitte Foundation (US).
RightStep empowers future leaders
RightStep is Deloitte’s strategy to address education needs across America. Through collaboration with education organizations as well as donations from Deloitte professionals who contributed to the Deloitte Foundation RightStep Education Fund, the program provides time, talent, and resources to help students prepare for and persist through high school and college, then transition to a career. The RightStep Virtual Mentoring Program sponsored by the Foundation pairs Deloitte professionals with students in underserved communities across the US. So far, more than 1,300 Deloitte professionals have served as virtual mentors to encourage and empower 4,000 students to believe in and capitalize on their full potential and be college ready.
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Matching Gifts Program
Since 1972, the Deloitte Foundation has offered a Matching Gifts Program, which encourages partners and employees of the Deloitte US Firms to support higher education through contributions to colleges and universities. To date, the Foundation has matched more than $16 million annually to support nearly 400 colleges and universities across the US, establish over 60 professorships, and fund curriculum, scholarships, and other critical needs.
For more information on the Matching Gifts Program, contact email@example.com.