Best Practices

Sponsored by Deloitte

Deadline for ALL abstracts: Friday, January 22, 2021, by 11:59PM ET

*DO NOT wait until the last minute to upload your video to YouTube and to submit the Wufoo form. The form closes at 11:59PM ET and will not be reopened.

Overview

Best practices are activities created and completed by a chapter to further specific goals identified by the board of directors of Beta Alpha Psi and by Deloitte LLP (Deloitte). These activities exemplify the spirit and purpose of Beta Alpha Psi and, if applicable, allow other chapters to emulate those activities.

Prize/Award

Regional Meetings: 1st Place - $500, 2nd Place - $250 and 3rd Place - $125

Annual Meeting: 1st Place - $1,500, 2nd Place - $1,000 and 3rd Place - $500

Eligibility

All chapters are eligible to participate in Best Practices.

Process 

Best Practices comprises a two or three-step competitive process:

  1. Chapters submit the online abstract form that will be reviewed for approval per the guidelines stated in the Best Practices Manual.
  2. Chapters present at their regional meeting. Winning chapters (first, second, and third place) receive verbal recognition and a monetary award.
  3. Participating chapters must deliver all presentation-related materials (including their presentation on a flash drive) to the appropriate location by 1:00 pm local time on the first day of the regional meeting. In the event of travel delays, the presentation must be emailed to bap@bap.org by 1:00 pm local time on the first day of the regional meeting.
  4. First place regional meeting winners present at BAP’s annual meeting. Winning chapters at the annual meeting earn verbal recognition and an additional monetary award.

Award Process

Winners are determined by a group of judges made up of board and Professional Partners members. Judges act independently of any student, college/university, and chapter affiliation.

Contact

For more information, you may contact the Executive Office at bap@bap.org or (919) 402-4044. 

2021 Best Practices Topics 

Theme: Invest in the Future

Your time in school is an opportunity to invest in yourself and your future by gaining technical and soft skills that you will use in your career.  It is also a time where you have the opportunity to invest in a legacy that benefits others in your chapter, your school and your community.  Beta Alpha Psi presents an excellent vehicle to prepare its members as well as serve the greater community.

Key points for all:

  1. How many members were involved in your program? How many nonmembers?
  2. How long was the preparation time? How many hours were spent on the program?
  3. What were your expectations and goals for your program?
  4. How did you determine you would measure success?
  5. What were your challenges and how did you meet them?
  6. How could another chapter replicate or implement this best practice?
  7. Is this program new for your chapter, or something that has been ongoing?
  8. Why is this a “Best Practice” and how is this different from anything done previously?
  9. How is your chapter planning to sustain this program in future years?

Topics:

Invest in Yourself

Beta Alpha Psi is an opportunity for you to gain work-ready skills that you do not acquire in the classroom. What programming has your chapter adopted that helps you gain these skills? Has your chapter made an effort to offer presentations and activities that go beyond obtaining an internship or job? Does your chapter have a program that adds to the value proposition for members beyond one year of membership?

Invest in Your Chapter

As Beta Alpha Psi widens its involvement to all financial information professionals, what activities or programs has your chapter undertaken to meet this opportunity?  How has it affected your chapter and its members? What barriers did you experience and how did you overcome them?  Did the accounting majors benefit from the broader range of activities?

Invest in Your Community

What service activities has your chapter undertaken to benefit your school or greater community? What makes them a signature activity for your chapter?  What impact does the activity have on the greater community?  How does it benefit your members as well as the greater community?

 

BEST PRACTICES LOGO REQUIREMENT

All participating chapters are required to use the new logo. Failure to use the new logo during competition will result in disqualification from winning first place.

Please refer to the branding policy and branding guidelines for more information.