Houston – November 14, 2012 – Eastern Michigan University has joined the IDEA Academic Partnership and received a network license of IDEA® – Data Analysis Software to help accounting and finance students gain a competitive edge by working with the same technology used by accountants, auditors and financial professionals.
The in-kind donation, valued at $75,000, will enable students to learn hands-on data analysis techniques to help their future employers reduce losses due to fraud, waste and error. Eastern Michigan University joins more than 170 colleges and universities throughout the U.S. that participate in the IDEA Academic Partnership which is focused on helping students develop critical thinking skills and gain valuable experience.
Professor of Accounting Barbara Ross conducts research in the areas of accounting information systems and auditing, and has served as the Accounting Information Systems Chairperson for the Midwest Association Meeting. Dr. Ross selected IDEA over other available technologies for its ease of use and the accessibility of the IDEA Academic Partnership. She was so confident that her students would gain essential skills from using IDEA that she personally paid the small upgrade fee to get the full professional version of the software installed in the university’s computer lab, versus the educational version.
“I’m impressed with IDEA’s ease of use and versatility,” said Dr. Ross. “I will have about 100 students using the case materials in 2013, and by having IDEA installed in our computer lab, those students will gain experience working with professional-grade software. The students crave hands-on use of technology, and employers find those newly-developed skills valuable because it cuts down on training time and allows them to contribute right away.”
“Eastern Michigan University’s College of Business is widely recognized as one of the best in the nation,” said Dana Newman, Director, IDEA Academic Partnership. “Their commitment to giving students practical experience and working on current business issues gives students an advantage when they enter the workforce. Our IDEA clients have shared that they actively recruit from universities that are teaching IDEA. We’re pleased to include Eastern Michigan University as a participant.”
The IDEA Academic Partnership is sponsored by Audimation Services, Inc., the sole U.S. distributor of IDEA, CaseWare Monitor™ and SmartExporter. Participation is offered at no cost to U.S. accredited college and university educators. Additional information is available at www.audimation.com/academic.
IDEA is a powerful and user-friendly tool designed to help accounting and financial professionals extend their auditing capabilities, detect fraud and meet documentation standards. It allows users to quickly import, join, analyze, sample and extract data from almost any source, including reports printed to a file, such as PDFs. With unlimited file size capabilities and an intuitive user interface, IDEA has the ability to analyze large volumes of data in seconds. IDEA is used in 16 languages in more than 90 countries, by major accounting firms, government, corporations in all industry sectors and by universities as a teaching tool.
About Audimation Services, Inc.
Founded in 1992, Audimation Services, Inc. is a leader in providing data analysis technology to help companies understand their data, assess risks, test controls, and fight fraud. As the sole U.S. distributor of IDEA® – Data Analysis Software, CaseWare™ Monitor and SmartExporter for SAP®, we help our clients maximize their technology investments by providing support, training and other valuable resources. For more information about Audimation Services, visit www.audimation.com or call 888.641.2800.
About CaseWare IDEA Inc.
CaseWare IDEA Inc. is a privately held software development and marketing company, with offices in Toronto and Ottawa, Canada, and distributor partners serving more than 90 countries. CaseWare IDEA Inc. is a subsidiary of CaseWare International Inc., the world leader in business-intelligence software for accountants, auditors and other professionals.
IDEA is a registered trademark of CaseWare International Inc.