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Use IFS function to calculate letter grades in Excel

Added by Microsoft in 2016, the IFS function replaces the need for multiple nested IF statements. You can put all your conditions (percentage grade cutoffs in this example) in one function, making it easier to follow.

How to help students who are ‘Perpetual Analyzers’

Students in the “Perpetual Analyzer” stage of critical thinking development struggle with prioritizing evidence and coming to conclusions. Learn about some practical classroom exercises that can help them move past these roadblocks.

Best practices for working with your TAs

It’s a new year, and you’re getting started with a fresh group of teaching assistants. When all goes well, your relationship with your TAs can benefit both of you.

How to cope with new-semester jitters

Faculty at all levels of experience often report feeling a little anxious at the beginning of a new semester. Here are some tips on how to overcome the butterflies and get a new class off to a great start.

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Excel walk-through: Sparklines

Want to liven up your spreadsheets with some color and graphical elements? Kelly L. Williams, CPA, Ph.D., shows how to use Excel sparklines, which illustrate data trends and patterns via small charts that fit in a single Excel cell.


What’s next for potential CPA licensure changes

A new model proposed by NASBA and the AICPA is designed with an eye on the future for newly licensed CPAs. The AICPA's Carl Mayes, CPA, provides background on the project and a look ahead to 2020.