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History of ACAP

Historically the accounting profession has not had representation from the minority population and even more so from the African-American population. NABA recognized the need for a program that would direct African-Americans and other minority students toward the accounting profession.  NABA also recognized that preparation for a professional career begins as a junior or senior in high school.  In 1980, the Seattle Chapter of NABA designed a pilot program that could mark a turning point in the academic lives of secondary students, motivating them to pursue a higher education; thus, the summer residency concept was developed.  ACAP is managed by NABA’s National Board of Directors and is operated at the chapter level.

 The following are some statistics from an AICPA Survey: The 2011 Edition of Trends in the Supply of Accounting Graduates and the Demand for Public Accounting Recruits regarding the amount of minorities in the accounting profession:

CPA Firms Professional Staff (CPA and non-CPA)
Ethnicity 2010 2008 2002
Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 10% 6%
Blacks/African-Americans 3% 3% 2%
Hispanic/Latino 4% 3% 3%

CPA Firms Professional Staff (CPA)
Ethnicity 2010 2008 2002
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 5% 4%
Blacks/African-Americans 1% 1% 1%
Hispanic/Latino 2% 2% 2%


Number of Partners in CPA Firms
Ethnicity 2010 2008 2002
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2% 3%
Blacks/African-Americans 1% 1% 1%
Hispanic/Latino 2% 1% 2%

For the 2009 - 2010 School Year the following are the demographics based on the AICPA's survey:
  • Only 21% of college students enrolled in undergraduate accounting programs were minority (6% - Asian, 9% - Black, 6% - Hispanic)
  • Only 21% of college students enrolled in masters accounting programs were minority (10% - Asian, 7% - Black, 4% - Hispanic)
  • Only 18% of college students for both undergraduate and masters programs combined were minority (7% - Asian, 6% - Black, 5% - Hispanic)

Based on the above statistics it is clear that the profession has a long way to go to get to a level that many companies and firms believe is necessary to start reflecting the customers they serve.  Roughly 1/3 of the US population is minorities, but the minority population is expected to increase to about ½ of the total population by 2050.  One of the ways that NABA and other accounting organizations alike are working to help the representation issues in the accounting profession are to have programs like ACAP, which explain the profession to students who otherwise might not be aware of it.  ACAP also provides the students with an early network and system of mentors to help them along the long and hard journey of becoming an accountant and a CPA. 

It has been proven that ACAP programs such as the one in Phoenix have been instrumental in increasing the number of students that go into accounting and business related fields.  The Phoenix Chapter began holding the program in the summer of 2008 and looks forward to many more years of the program.   

Ethnic Hiring Rates in Public Accounting
Ethnicity 2000 2008 2010
Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 12% 10%
Blacks/African-Americans 3% 4% 4%
Hispanic/Latino 6% 4% 7%


Any quesitons regarding the ACAP Program please contact the Executive Director Student Services

Alethea Session


 ACAP’s Goals
  • To increase the number of high school students from underrepresented ethnic groups that attend college and major in accounting and other business related fields
  • To provide educational enrichment experiences
  • To retain the students in the pipeline by providing ongoing activities and interactions with student and professional NABA chapters

ACAP’s Locations

Atlanta, Austin, Columbus, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Fayetteville, Arkansas, Houston, Louisville,

Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Northern New Jersey, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C. and Wichita, Kansas

Phoenix ACAP History

The 2014 Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP) will be ACAP’s 7th year being facilitated in the Phoenix Metropolitan area.  The Phoenix ACAP is held at Arizona State University (ASU) campus and is partnered and coordinated with the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU.  We have been successful in providing students with information necessary to make an informed decision in regards to the area of study they would like to pursue at an educational institution.  We have consistently received great feedback from the students on the events and activities we have during the program.  They especially praise the executive dinner we have each year, to give them an opportunity to speak to network with the key management of the valley’s businesses.  Many who had no idea what accounting was have now decided to go into accounting or a business related field.   

 Phoenix ACAP High Schools

Our Phoenix ACAP program has had representation from 23 high schools and college preparatory schools.  These schools are primarily located within the Phoenix Metropolitan area, but we have seen students from all over the state of Arizona attend the ACAP Program.  The top three schools with the most ACAP attendees are Brophy College Prep, McClintock High School and Moon Valley High School.  The following is a list of all the schools that have had representation in the ACAP Program:


Schools With Student Representation

Barry Goldwater High School Mountain Pointe High School
Basha High School North Canyon High School
Brophy College Prep North High School
Cesar Chavez High School San Luis High School
Chandler High School Sandra Day O’Connor High School
Desert Vista High School Santa Cruz Valley High School
Heritage Academy Skyline High School
Ironwood High School South Pointe High School
Liberty High School Sunnyslope High School
Marcos De Niza High School Valley View Christian High School
Maryvale High School Westview High School
McClintock High School Xavier College Prep
Metro Tech High School Yuma Catholic High School
Millenium High School Yuma High School
Moon Valley High School

Participant Criteria

The student selection process is competitive.  Participants must complete an application form, secure letters of recommendation, and attend an interview with an ACAP panel.  The participant criteria for the ACAP summer residency program are as follows:

  • Each student selected should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (Average GPA of students has been a 3.7)


  • The selection process includes the completion of an application and essay, receipt of two teacher/counselor recommendations, and an interview
  • As initially established and to operate in the spirit of the program, students participating in ACAP should be ethnic minorities
  • Participants must be at the time of application a sophomore, junior or senior in High School     




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