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WSCPA Requests Inclusion of Accounting in STEM

August 16, 2023

On August 1, the AICPA and all 54 State CPA Societies, including the Washington Society of CPAs, sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requesting DHS recognize accounting under the “T” for Technology in Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) education. 

The letter specifically requested that six accountancy programs be added to the Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) code list maintained by DHS’s STEM Designated Degree Program List. Should these codes be added to the list, colleges and universities across the country could tap into a deeper pool of STEM-designated grant money to enhance their accounting programs and grow their student bodies. The letter leans heavily into the new skills accounting students are acquiring to both use existing tools AND to develop new technology tools that drive change and advancement in the accounting profession. 

We anticipate DHS will release the updated STEM CIP code list next summer.

Along with AICPA, WSCPA continues to support other avenues for recognizing the value of accounting professionals, including CPAs, as technological leaders. In May 2023, WSCPA leaders met with congressional representatives in Washington, D.C., to encourage their support of legislation in both chambers to establish the accounting profession as a STEM career pathway. Learn more here.