The School of Accountancy (SOA) has various resources within the School, Shidler College of Business, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and the greater accounting professional community within Honolulu and the state of Hawaii. Significant resources include student clubs, databases, and career placement help. In addition, separate web pages describe the placement for SOA MAcc alumni, current and former students of the Ph.D. Program and links to accounting organizations in Hawaii.
Student clubs, such as the Accounting Club and Beta Alpha Psi, further develop future accounting professionals. Both clubs work together on certain events, such as the annual "Glimpse Into the Future" Conference (AGIF), held every Veterans Day. AGIF provides dynamic speakers and panels on current issues for accountants. For example, Blane Ruschak, the KPMG US Foundation, Inc, and the independent Ph.D. Project (MAcc 1982) frequently speaks at the AGIF.
National recognition has been regularly received by UH-Mānoa student clubs for their extensive professional activities. For example, in 2015, the Accounting Club received the Institute of Management Accountants' Clark Johnson Achievement Award ($5,000), recognizing an IMA student chapter whose efforts best reflect outstanding leadership. Also, the Delta Theta chapter of Beta Alpha Psi has achieved "Superior" status from the national organization for many years. Beta Alpha Psi's professional activities include a "Problem Session Seminar," which helps students better understand how accounting studies relate to the real world and features the Oxford-style debate. In addition, the student clubs arrange tours of various professional firms in Honolulu.
SOA provides access to various accounting standards to its students through the American Accounting Association's academic access to the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) for U.S. GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) and the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Government Accounting Research System (GARS) Online.
Academic accounting resources for SOA students include databases maintained on the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa's Hamilton Library's website, such as Checkpoint for tax research and financial databases (Mergent Online and NetAdvantage), and article databases (Nexis Uni, Academic and ABI-Inform). In addition, Hamilton Library provides a wide range of online journals and databases that can support various research fields. Guidance regarding the library resources for Accounting and Business is available online. For further information, please contact the Hamilton Library's Business Librarian, David Flynn.
For access to other specialized databases, such as WRDS, Bloomberg, and Thomson Reuters Datastream, please contact the Shidler College of Business Computer Resources Director, Jon Fujiwara. The University also provides research tools such as statistical software, mathematics & analysis software, and design software. The University of Hawaii Information Technology Services can provide details on the software.
The Shidler College of Business offers various resources to SOA students such as academic advising, the Pacific Asian Management Institute (PAMI) office, and The Pacific-Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) office. The PAMI office holds various special events during the summer. The PACE office provides students the opportunity to compete in business plan competitions. The College also has several Bloomberg terminals.
Internships: Each semester, between 40 to 50 accounting students are placed in internships. Undergraduates should contact the Shidler Internship and Career Development Office for additional assistance. This office coordinates accounting firm recruitment and offers many Professional Development Seminars to complement the seminars provided by the student clubs.
Mentoring occurs through the student clubs, accounting and business professionals at Business Night each spring, and by the Executives in Residence, which usually includes a leading accounting professional.
The University of Hawaiʻi offers many advantages besides course offerings in relevant academic fields, such as law, foreign languages, and economics. The University provides an email account and a website for each student (MyUH), which helps to inform students of various resources and events at UH-Mānoa. The Campus Center provides a wide variety of meeting, dining, and entertainment options to enrich campus life and the educational experience, including a Bookstore and University Fitness Center. Various on-campus food & housing options exist.
Various special sources or offices assist students, such as the Libraries, Manoa Career Center, Honors Program, Financial Aid Office, Student Housing, International Student Services, Study Abroad Programs, and Kokua Services (assisting students with disabilities). In addition, many extracurricular recreational, cultural, athletics, and learning opportunities exist to enhance one's education, daily life, safety, and overall health and wellness.