The Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) is an autonomous public policy organization dedicated to enhancing investor confidence and public trust in the global capital markets. The CAQ fosters high quality performance by public company auditors, convenes and collaborates with other stakeholders to advance the discussion of critical issues requiring action and intervention, and advocates policies and standards that promote public company auditors’ objectivity, effectiveness, and responsiveness to dynamic market conditions.
The CAQ is committed to providing opportunities for the academic community to work closely with the profession. In 2008, the Center established a Research Advisory Board (RAB), comprised of representatives from academia and the profession which reviews proposals relating to academic research in auditing. In the past nine years, the RAB has awarded 35 grants for independent academic research projects on topics of interest to the profession.