Educators meet in Las Vegas

Growth in Programs and Opportunities

By William J. Kresse, J.D., M.S., CFE, CPA
Fraud Edge

Among the more than 2,000 attendees at the 17th Annual ACFE Fraud Conference & Exhibition was a unique group vital to the growth and vibrancy of the fraud examination profession: college professors. 

The ACFE understands that support for anti-fraud higher education programs will firmly establish fraud examination as an academic discipline and benefit the profession. This will happen when universities and colleges better educate students who have chosen to enter the profession, enhance the visibility of the profession among all students, and increase opportunities for academic research and publishing in the area of fraud.

The profession is showing encouraging "leading indicators": the dramatic growth in the number of higher-education institutions offering fraud examination classes, the recent development of several anti-fraud graduate programs, and the increase in fraud-related research and publishing opportunities for academics.

To further support the fraud examination field in academia, the ACFE convened the 5th Annual Educators Meeting during the Annual Conference. With the theme of "Advancing the Profession Through Academic Innovation and Excellence," more than 55 professors and other college and university educators and administrators met to hear about developments during the past year and preview new initiatives and future goals.

Former ACFE Higher Education Committee Chair Mary-Jo Kranacher, MBA, CFE, CPA, was honored for her years of service to the fraud examination profession and to academia. As the new committee chair, I presented her with a plaque commemorating her dedication.




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