Seminar offered in financial reporting for public higher education

Western Carolina University will offer a two-day seminar on financial reporting for public higher education Monday, April 23, and Tuesday, April 24, at its instructional site at Biltmore Park in Asheville.

Mary Fischer, professor of accounting at the University of Texas at Tyler and the seminar leader, will help attendees understand the basic formats institutions use when presenting their financial statements. Fischer will review the Governmental Accounting Standards Board’s recent update of the Generally Accepted Accounting Procedures and discuss how those changes are expected to impact public higher education.

Mary Fischer

Fischer is a national seminar speaker on Financial Accounting Standards Board, GASB and GAAP updates. She has published more than 50 research papers regarding cash flow recognition, financial accounting, accounting education, auditing and financial management of not-for-profit organizations. She holds a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Connecticut.

The seminar is open to all accounting staff from public colleges and universities, including departmental business officers and foundation accountants. The seminar will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Attendees who complete both days are eligible for 16 National Association of State Boards of Accountancy continuing professional education credits.

The cost for the seminar is $249 for those registering before Sunday, April 1; thereafter the cost is $349. The fee includes lunch each day.

For details and to register, go to and click on “Financial Reporting for Higher Education,” or contact Jill Thompson, associate director of professional development, at 828-227-3070.

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