Best Practices

Sponsored by Deloitte

Deadline for ALL abstracts: January 29, 2016 by 4 PM CST.

Please note: All regional meeting first place winners must notify the Best Practices coordinator whether or not they intend to compete at the annual meeting by May 1.  


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.


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


All chapters are eligible to participate in Best Practices.


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

  1. Chapters submit an abstract and the abstract is approved 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. 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.

Top 5 Reminders:

*Please review the Abstract Guidelines

  1. The online submission form will serve as your cover page – you do not have to submit an extra one with the PDF abstract.
  2. All abstracts must be one page and uploaded in PDF format with the online cover page submission form or they will be disqualified. 
    • If the abstract is emailed to your Chapter Advocate – it will be disqualified.
    • If it is emailed to – it will be disqualified.
  3. All abstracts must include school name and chapter name or they will be disqualified.
  4. All late submissions will automatically be disqualified.
  5. Only 10 chapters will be selected to present for each topic at each regional meeting. Submit early!

Award Process

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


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

2017 Best Practices Topics 

The Best is Yet to Be:

Strategic Planning

How Our Chapter Developed Its Objectives for the 2016-2017 Academic Year:  An important part of leadership comes from developing a vision for how the chapter seeks to build on its past and prepare for its future. Using 2015-2016 as the base year, how were current year [2016-2017] objectives developed?  Moreover, what current-year actions [‘inputs’] contributed to accomplishing these objectives. Further, what results [‘outputs’] are expected to provide feedback [or have provided feedback] regarding the impact on your chapter. Measurability of results [‘outputs’] enhances your assessment of what did or did not work.  Examples of measurability could include changes in chapter membership demographics over time, changes in membership size over time, interactions among competitor student groups in addition to countless others. 

Community Outreach

Building a Multi-Cultural Coalition Among Financial Information Professionals-In-Training at Our School. There are numerous ‘groups’ or constituencies among financial information students at your school. Share what your chapter did to strengthen its outreach into various underrepresented student constituencies in your environment. Identify those underrepresented constituencies in your environment. Do not limit your thinking to the most obvious constituencies. This outreach to underrepresented constituencies could extend to high school students who will become the next generation of collegiate financial information students

Leadership Development

Leadership Extends Beyond the Academic Disciplines Pursued by Our Members and the Student Organizations to Which Members Belong. How has your chapter provided service in 2016-2017 to your off-campus and/or university communities? What impact has been achieved to date? How has your chapter’s membership served in leadership roles within these off-campus and/or university communities?  What portion of your chapter was involved in this service? 


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.