Four students from SUNY Old Westbury's accounting program recently had their research project profiled in The CPA Journal in the article "Developing a Student Community of Learning: Expanding Knowledge Using the Techinical Committee Model." With the assistance of the School of Business and Office of Academic Affairs, the two graduate and two undergraduate students sought to strengthen their analytical skills and understanding of data analytics, and how it relates to the accounting profession through professional continuing education opportunities.
The team conducted the AICPA's data analyst certificate program, and utilized the NYSSCPA's technical committee structure to expand knowledge among their community of interest of other students in the accounting programs. According to The CPA Journal article, "each member of the community was assigned a business analytics topic to champion; as with society committees, part of this responsibility was to transfer knowledge of their subject to other members of the group."
The student researchers were Keith E. Arnott, Hugh A. McNeillis, Courtney L. Paterson, and Nicholas Prahalis. Their work was mentored by Visiting Assistant Professor Joel Lanz.