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THE EO EDUCATIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT An Expanded Program for'81 'ith the nation's businessmen and professionals literally inundated by invitations to attend seminars on a spectrum of subjects almost as broad as the imagination of man, why would one of the large public accounting firms decide the time was right to launch its own external education program? "We established the Educational Services Department and began holding seminars last summer for several reasons," Bill Kuntz, Executive Office partner in charge of the department, said. "First, we identified a very real need on the part of industry for more training for internal auditors. Second, we recognized that we not only had a highly sophisticated and unique audit approach, but that it would be to the long-range benefit of our clients, others and ourselves to make this knowledge more widely available. To that end, our primary focus is to assist our personnel in serving our clients better by sharing with them the techniques developed in our professional practice." The genesis of the Educational Services Department can be traced to the summer of 1978, when DH&S held its first AuditSCOPE seminar for forty-one auditing educators in Vail, Colorado. AuditSCO PE, an acronym for Audit System of Coordinated Objectives, Procedures and Evaluations, is a term used to describe our highly coordinated approach to auditing that had been evolving for more than fifty years. Although some elements of AuditSCOPE had been made known outside the firm earlier, the 1978 meeting in Vail marked the first time our overall approach was outlined to an outside audience. "The firm had a great response from the educators who attended the seminar," 12 Bill said, "and I believe it helped focus our thinking on the question of making larger segments of our expertise more generally accessible." There were, or course, questions to be answered before decisions would be made. In February 1979 EO partners Bill Stewart and Bob Pivik convened a task force to study the feasibility and advisability of setting up a program of education for a fee. Bill Kuntz, then partner in charge of the Continuing Education Department at Executive Office, was named chairman of a group that included partners Bob Atwood, Bill Gerecke, Jule Phoenix, Ken Studdard and Charlie Walworth. The task force concluded that there was a real need on the part of business and industry for access to more and better training, especially in the field of internal auditing. The findings of the task force formed the basis for the present structure and operational philosophy of the Educational Services Department. "We focused on internal auditing because it's an area of growing importance," Bill said. "We have the expertise, the methodology and the techniques that we developed, tested and refined — that we proved were effective and efficient. Simply put, we have the most useful system of its kind available to the internal auditor." The firm views the seminar program as an extension of the services offered to clients. "The seminars are open to anyone, not just clients," Bill said. "Much of the rationale for the program was the emerging need for training of internal auditors because of their increasing responsibilities." The Educational Services Department draws on firmwide technical resources and on practice-office personnel to help with course development and instructing. Devoting full time to the effort are Bill Kuntz and Jo Dutcher, educational services coordinator. In addition to heading ESD, Bill remains involved in the activities of the Continuing Education Department as Dave Powell assumes his new role as partner in charge of the department.
Expanded program for '81
Karales, James H.
Accounting -- Study and teaching
Pivik, Robert W.
Kuntz, William E.
Atwood, Robert T.
Gerecke, William W.
Phoenix, Julius W.
Studdard, Kenneth E.
Walworth, Charles A.
Pivik, Robert W.
Kuntz, William E.
Deloitte, Haskins & Sells. Executive Office
DH&S Reports, Vol. 18, (1981 no. 1), p. 12-15
|Source||Originally published by: Deloitte, Haskins & Sells|
|Rights||Copyright and permission to republish held by: Deloitte; Photographs by James H. Karales|
|Format||PDF page image with corrected OCR scanned at 400 dpi|
|Collection||Deloitte Digital Collection|
|Digital Publisher||University of Mississippi Library. Accounting Collection|