Tram Le is working to increase the pipeline of CPAs and accountants in the industry in various roles that include faculty in higher education, private practice and serving in leadership roles for the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TXCPA) and TXCPA Fort Worth Chapter.
In 2019, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (AICPA) most recent trends report showed that since 2016, the total projected bachelor’s accounting enrollments in the U.S. decreased 4 percent, master’s enrollments dropped 6 percent, accounting graduates were down by 4 percent, and CPA examination candidates dipped by 7 percent. These trends highlight the need to prime the pump now.
As an adjunct professor of tax at the University of Texas at Arlington, Tram Le has been teaching the next generation of tax professionals for the past five years. She’s also taken on leadership roles within the state as an executive board member of the TXCPA and the 2022-2023 Chapter President of the TXCPA Fort Worth Chapter. In these roles, she is contributing to the advancement of the profession and leading several initiatives to build up the pipeline of CPAs.
Tram says increasing the CPA pipeline in the state of Texas is a high priority for the 27,000-member association. TXCPA is collaborating with the Texas State Board of Accountants (TSBPA), the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), and the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA), to get information out to prospective candidates and build awareness for students who are interested in becoming a CPA. These initiatives are aimed at lowering barriers to the profession, scholarships and grants, and building awareness around the administrative and examination process.
“I am pleased to be in leadership roles at organizations that are dedicated to supporting the profession, promoting the value of the CPA license and protecting the public interest. There’s work to do.”
~ Tram Le
For this upcoming year, the TXCPA Fort Worth Chapter is committed to ensuring that new CPA licensees are connected with its members, members stay informed of changes impacting the profession and help members achieve their professional goals as well as to be involved in advocacy efforts at the state legislature to influence policy and regulation to advance the CPA profession.