Building the CPA Pipeline: Talking with Accounting Educators

August 16, 2022

Accounting professors from three New Jersey universities weigh in on the decline in the CPA pipeline. Find out about accounting enrollment trends at their schools and what they’re hearing from their students. And discover what they think should be done to get more students to pursue an accounting career — or, as one guest phrased it, to “swipe right on accounting!” Topics include:


  • Accounting enrollment trends
  • Reasons students say they aren’t sitting for the CPA Exam
  • Preparing for the next version of the CPA Exam (CPA Evolution)
  • What can be done to attract more diverse students into the profession



Barry R. Palatnik

Barry R. Palatnik

Dr. Barry R. Palatnik,Ed.D, CPA, MBA, is an associate professor of accounting at Stockton University. He is a member of the NJCPA and serves as treasurer for the Atlantic/Cape May Chapter.

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Brigid  D'Souza

Brigid D'Souza

Brigid D’Souza, CPA, MBA, is an assistant professor and CPA advisor at the Frank J. Guarini School of Business at Saint Peter’s University. She is a member of the NJCPA and can be reached at

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Don  Meyer

Don Meyer

Don Meyer, CAE, is the chief marketing officer of the New Jersey Society of CPAs, where he is responsible for setting the vision, strategy and direction for the organization’s marketing, communications and membership campaigns and for driving the success of a deep and broad swath of organizational initiatives. He can be reached at

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Evelyn A. McDowell

Evelyn A. McDowell

Evelyn McDowell, CPA, CGMA, Ph.D., is an associate professor and chairperson at Rider University. She is member of several NJCPA committees and interest groups.

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