BAP at UCA



     

What is Beta Alpha Psi?

Beta Alpha Psi is the International Honors Organization for Financial Information Professionals, founded in 1919. Beta Alpha Psi recognizes scholastic excellence, offers professional development, and encourages ethical, social, and public responsibility. There are more than 200 chapters on college and university campuses around the world.

Chapter Activities

As a Beta Alpha Psi candidate or member, you will participate in a variety of different activites, all designed to develop your professional skills and distinguish you from every other accounting major. They will include the following:

History and Highlights of UCA's Theta Lambda Chapter

Chapter Status
1994: Charter granted
1994–2007: Mission-based chapter (met minimum requirements for chapter)
2008: Distinguished chapter (met increased requirements for chapter and member involvement)
2009–Date: Superior chapter (met highest requirements for chapter and member involvement)
2017: Gold chapter (Highest designation for a BAP chapter; only 5% of BAP Chapters receive Gold Status)

Best Practices Competition
Year
Each year there are three topics to choose from.
Topic: Best Practices in …
UCA Place
at Regional
UCA Place
at Annual*
2007   Participation in Professional Organizations 1st Did not Place
2008 Financial Literacy Did Not Place n/a
2009 Service Learning 1st 1st
2009 Developing Life Skills 2nd n/a
2011 Helping Others Understand the Financial Professions 1st 3rd
2012 Social Networking 1st 3rd
2013 Innovation 1st 3rd
2014 Leadership 2nd n/a
2014 Strategic Planning 2nd n/a
2015 Effective Operations 1st 3rd
2015 Financial Literacy 3rd n/a
2016 Good or Great 1st 3rd
2017 Strategic Planning 1st 3rd
2017 Outreach 1st Did not place
*Must win 1st at Regionals to move on to Annual

Project Run With It Competition
This competition is at the Annual Meeting. It is a 24-hour competition in which teams of 4 students from 4 different schools (who have just met) have 24 hours to solve a real problem for a nonprofit organization. There is only a 1st place. UCA has competed annually 2011 through 2015. Our student’s team won 1st place in 2012.

Non-competition Presentations
2010: Become an award winning chapter (Regional meeting)
2011: How to win at Best Practices (Annual meeting)
2014: Creative service projects (Regional meeting)

Other Highlights
2011: Dr. Stephanie Watson won the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award
2011: Nominated Michael Rasmussen for Business Information Professional of the Year
2013: Host chapter for the Southwest Regional Conference in Dallas, TX

Advisors
1994–1999: Donna Smith
1999–2005: Dr. Paul Jensen and Dr. Pam Spikes
2005–2013: Dr. Stephanie Watson and Dr. Patricia Mounce
2013–2016: Dr. Stephanie Watson and Dr. Connie McKnight

2016–Date: Dr. Connie McKnight and Dr. Karen Oxner