Brings Real World Audit Training into the Classroom with a New Case Study and a Simulated Audit Technology

Jan 30, 2013, 17:30 ET from

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- College and university accounting instructors now have a new set of teaching tools to better prepare future CPAs for the demands of tomorrow's audit environment, especially as it relates to detecting financial fraud., the creator and the world's leading provider of secure audit confirmation services, worked with Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts and Fordham University in Bronx, New York to develop case study materials that bring real-world auditing applications into the classroom.

"In recent years, there has been a noticeable shift of incorporating more case study materials and simulated programs into college curriculum because it can increase the students' interest and motivation to actively learn a particular subject," said Chris Schellhorn, CEO of  "We are thrilled to bring this type of interactive learning activity into the auditing classroom, and the Simply Soups case study allows students to actually apply what they are learning in their audit classes." 

As part of the case study titled Simply Soups Inc.: A Teaching Case Designed to Integrate the Electronic Confirmation Process into the Auditing Curriculum, also created which functions as a simulated audit for educational purposes to help accounting and auditing students understand the beneficial role technology has in today's audit practice. 

"We all know that technology innovation is the catalyst for continued improvements within the accounting profession and for the auditing standards as well," said Brian Fox, CPA and founder of "It only makes sense to bring these experiences into the classroom, so that accounting and auditing students are truly ready for the real world."

For professors and instructors, the case study provides:

  • Flexible course levels:  The case study is flexible enough to be used in a 1st year undergraduate Auditing course, a 1st year graduate Auditing course, or even in an Advanced Auditing course.
  • Two complete sets of in-class PowerPoint presentations with instructor notes: The first set introduces the case study to the students and the second set wraps up the assignment, presents the solutions and discusses the learning objectives.
  • Instructor Guide:  Walks instructors through the case study, the intended learning points, and the solutions.

"With the Simply Soups case study, students get to actually confirm cash balances during a simulated audit using the latest electronic confirmation technology," said Jay Thibodeau, professor of accountancy at Bentley University.  "Not only does this class exercise challenge a student's critical thinking skills, it exposes them to the confirmation process, applicable auditing standards and audit risk as well."

Barbara Porco, accounting professor at Fordham University said, "What makes this case study so effective is instead of students just reading about or listening to a lecture on proper confirmation procedures, this hands-on experience essentially makes them put textbook theory into actual practice."

With the Simply Soups case study, students will learn:

  • The risks and rewards of using an electronic confirmation platform;
  • How an electronic confirmation service improves the ability to detect fraud;
  • How to use, the market leading technology that they will likely use in their first year as an auditing professional.

"It's been exciting to watch students embrace this new learning tool and how it really resonates with them," said Denise Hanes, assistant professor at Villanova University.  "In my opinion, the case study works best when done in small teams, that way they get to interact in a team-like environment as they would in real life." 

After completing the case study exercise, a survey of students that participated indicated that 98.5 percent agreed that they now have a better understanding of how technology is used in auditing. The survey also found that 100 percent of the instructors and students would recommend the Simply Soups case study for future auditing classes. 

The case study materials are provided free of charge to colleges and universities.  For a complete set of the course materials, contact, or visit us at for more information.

About is the creator and world's leading provider of secure electronic audit confirmation services.  It processes over $1 trillion in confirmation information annually for a majority of public companies, as well as private companies, non-profits and government agencies.  In addition to its bank confirmation solution, the company provides solutions for more than 30 different types of audit confirmations including accounts receivable confirmations. is the Preferred Provider of Electronic Confirmations for the AICPA Trusted Business Advisor™ Solutions Program and is endorsed by the American Bankers Association. has also received numerous awards including being a multi-year alumnus on the Inc. 500 list for 2010 and 2011.  Several hundred In-Network responding companies including all of the Top 10 banks in the U.S. and over 11,000 accounting firms in more than 100 countries trust for their audit confirmation needs.  For more information, visit

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