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AECM is an email, Listserv list which provides a forum for discussions of all hardware and software which can be useful in any way for accounting education at the college/university levelHardware includes all platforms and peripherals. Software includes spreadsheets, practice sets, multimedia authoring and presentation packages, data base programs, tax packages, World Wide Web applications, etc. The American Accounting Association (AAA) serves as the host to the list which was established in February, 1994. It was the first organized presence for the accounting profession on the Internet and was hosted by Loyola University Maryland from its inception until October 14, 2011. Over 1,000 subscribers from more than 30 countries have participated in the forum.

AECM provides an unmoderated environment where issues, questions, comments, ideas, and uses of educational accounting software and related hardware can be freely discussed. As is the case on all unmoderated lists, the topics and discussions are limited only by the imagination and interest of its subscribers.  Members are welcome to take an active role by posting to AECM or an inactive role by monitoring the list.  Unlike many lists which suggest that new subscribers introduce themselves to the group, we believe that such postings are primarily social and not appropriate for this list.  Subscribers can choose either the Web or email list interface as explained below.

This list was conceived to bring together accounting faculty, authors, developers, publishers and others with an interest in using computers and multimedia in accounting education.  (If you are a student, please click here.) Subscribers are encouraged to ask questions, share ideas and information, and discuss the good and bad experiences they have had with various educational accounting software and hardware products.  Please try to be creative, innovative, and open minded.



  • Notable software/ hardware, as well as inferior products one should avoid 
  • Notable World Wide Web sites 
  • Information about related conferences, workshops and seminars 
  • A discussion of articles, books, etc. which subscribers have found stimulating and worthwhile
  • "In what direction is educational accounting software evolving?"
  • "What's the best software to use for my [blank] course/project?"
  • "Has anyone tried [blank] software? What was your experience?" 
  • "How can I get [product] to do [function]?"
  • "Has anyone seen anything on the Web about [blank]? Where? 


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To subscribe via the Web, go to Then: click the box beside AECM under List Names; click the dropdown box on the blue line at the bottom; select “Subscribe” and click “Submit.” Finally, follow the instructions on the screen.

To subscribe via email, send the following message to

[you can leave the subject line blank]
SUBSCRIBE  AECM   your_first_name   your_last_name, employer
[Example: SUBSCRIBE AECM Bill Gates, Microsoft]

After using either subscription request approach, you will receive email with the subject "Command confirmation request" followed by a number in parentheses. The message will explain that you have 48 hours to confirm your subscription request by replying with an "OK" message or clicking on a link. If you do not confirm within 48 hours, you will need to start over. This feature is designed to prevent someone from subscribing others to the list without their consent.


To unsubscribe from AECM via the Web, go to Then: click the box beside AECM under List Names; click the dropdown box on the blue line at the bottom; select “Unsubscribe” and click “Submit.” Finally, follow the instructions on the screen.

To unsubscribe from AECM via email, send mail to and in the body of the message put only the command: UNSUBSCRIBE AECM  (Note that you don't need to give a subscription name or address.) If the above procedure does not work, it is probably because your address has changed since you subscribed and your are continuing to receive posts because your mail system is forwarding them. Such forwarding often happens without the person being aware of it. In such cases, you must mail the list owner and request that your subscription be manually removed.  Another alternative is to try this. J


You can change your subscription type to digest or index mode. (Either mode is an excellent option if you plan to just "lurk".) You can also temporarily or permanently disable mail delivery. By permanently disabling deliver, you can effectively turn the listserv ("push" technology) into a bulletin board ("pull" technology). With this approach, you can use the Web to read the post archives without receiving posts via email. You can also use this approach to make posts. 

In digest mode you will receive a maximum of one large post each day. You must first subscribe in "normal" mode where you receive each message as it is posted. You can then modify your subscription. As an alternative to digest mode, you can use index mode where you receive only one posting each day which contains an index of subject topics for all messages posted during that day. You can then retrieve the messages with subjects of interest to you from the archives.

To change subscription settings via the Web,
go to and click “[Settings]” beside AECM under List Names and follow the instructions.

To change subscription settings via email, sending to and in the body of the message putting only the command: SET  AECM  DIGEST or SET  AECM  INDEX(Note that you don't need to give a subscription name or address.) If you are subscribed in digest mode, you should never use the "reply" command to respond to a post. To do so will cause the subject to show that you are replying to an "AECM Digest" for a particular date and won't make any sense to anyone. It will also destroy the discussion thread. Instead of using reply, You should manually enter the subject to which you are responding prefaced by RE:.


To post a message via the Web, go to and click “[Post]” beside AECM under List Names and follow the instructions.

To post a message via email, send to:

Only subscribers can post to the list. All messages sent to the list will be automatically forwarded to all subscribers who have not disabled delivery. Your mail program configuration will determine how you should reply should you choose to do so. With most mail programs, if you reply to a question, observation, etc. using the reply command, your response will be automatically forwarded to all subscribers. If you wish to respond privately to the original sender, you must make sure that your mailer is sending it only to their address. 

To review archived posts via the Web, go to and, if the Options box on the right shows a "Log in" link, click on it and log in. Then, click on AECM under "List Name" on the blue bar.

This list/group/forum uses LISTSERV® software and runs on a AAA server. For complete information about how to participate in a LISTSERV list, see L-Soft's LISTSERV 16.0 List Subscriber's Manual in either the HTML or PDF format at

Questions or comments regarding this list should be addressed to its owner,
Barry Rice at

 Another accounting list run by the same owner is CPAS-L