December 14, 2021

CAQ and the American Accounting Association Announce Changes to Ongoing Research Partnership

CAQ and the American Accounting Association Announce Changes to Ongoing Research Partnership

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

CAQ partnership with leading accounting research organization AAA demonstrates continuous commitment to public company audit academic research

Washington, DC (December 14, 2021) – The Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) and the American Accounting Association (AAA) today announced changes to their research partnership, including their joint Access to Audit Personnel (AAP) program.  The AAP program, established in 2012, facilitates engagement with audit firm personnel to participate in behavioral research projects conducted by the academic community. As part of the changes, the CAQ will transition administration of the AAP to the AAA and continue to support the program, while the Auditing Section will continue to be involved in the appointment of experienced academics to serve on the review committee. The changes are designed to enable each organization to simultaneously pursue research initiatives impacting its members while at the same time recognizing the vital role academic research plays in the public company audit profession.

The CAQ continues its commitment to academic research, including through applicable commissioned research, as well as joint research with organizations within the financial reporting supply chain on topics of mutual interest, and other data gathering and analysis addressing key issues facing public company auditors. “The CAQ seeks to be a recognized thought leader on public company auditor and audit matters,” said Julie Bell Lindsay, Chief Executive Officer at the Center for Audit Quality. “By continuing to assist the AAA in its administration of the AAP, the CAQ will support academic research while also engaging with stakeholders, including the academic community, on key public policy initiatives impacting the profession.”

“One of the objectives of the AAA is to promote practice-relevant research in accounting,” said Yvonne Hinson, Chief Executive Officer of the American Accounting Association. “The AAP program has been a leader in providing academics the opportunity to conduct behavioral research in auditing and aligns with other initiatives we are pursuing to increase research support.”

“The Auditing Section is pleased to continue this important research partnership with the CAQ,” added Christine Earley, President of the AAA Auditing Section. “This partnership demonstrates our commitment to improving audit quality through research and we look forward to a seamless transition.”

Proposals for the 2022 AAP program will still be accepted through Thursday, February 3, 2022.  More information about the 2022 program will be made available on the AAA’s website in the first half of 2022.


About the Center for Audit Quality

The Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) is a nonpartisan public policy organization serving as the voice of U.S. public company auditors and matters related to the audits of public companies. The CAQ promotes high-quality performance by U.S. public company auditors; convenes capital market stakeholders to advance the discussion of critical issues affecting audit quality, U.S. public company reporting, and investor trust in the capital markets; and using independent research and analyses, champions policies and standards that bolster and support the effectiveness and responsiveness of U.S. public company auditors and audits to dynamic market conditions.

About the American Accounting Association

The American Accounting Association ( is the largest community of accountants in academia. Founded in 1916, we have a rich and reputable history built on leading-edge research and publications. The diversity of our membership creates a fertile environment for collaboration and innovation. Collectively, we shape the future of accounting through teaching, research and a powerful network, ensuring our position as thought leaders in accounting.

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