The Prepared College

Purposeful risk engagement
at liberal arts colleges

Campus building, lighted up at night, with stormy sky aboveWelcome to PREP

“What are best practices to identify, organize, and address the many risks faced by my college?”

If you’d like to understand campus risks in a comprehensive and purposeful way, the resources of PREP can get you started.

For the latest updates, scroll down to the end of this page.

PREP stands for the Purposeful Risk Engagement Project. For an interview last summer with the director, see the United Educators EduRisk site.

PREP aims to provide information for a type of institution that has been slow to think about risk–the 21st-century American liberal arts college. The site presents a timely resource for faculty members and executive administrators who lead small private colleges with a national reputation.

Concepts and content were created by a team at Grinnell College. Sixty posts take you aboard the voyage for one academic year as we work to:

  • ♦   identify and rank key risks across the areas of a liberal arts college;
  • ♦   develop an action plan with college leaders to monitor and address the key risks;
  • ♦   raise campus awareness and find the most successful ways to communicate about risk, both internally and externally; and
  • ♦   integrate the new protocols for risk identification, monitoring, management, and communication as an essential part of ongoing college governance (planning, budgeting, policy formation, everyday decision-making, and evaluation of outcomes).

While several national organizations provide training and legal updates on specific risks, these rarely discuss risk as intrinsic to the liberal-arts enterprise. Please use the Site Index to find your way to material that interests you, and make sure to contribute your own insights!

Latest Updates from Paula! LinkedIn Post offers “12 Best Resources on Risk in Higher Education”

NEW Risk Insider column explains why leaders shouldn’t focus too much on reputation risk (November 3, 2014)

New article in University Business Magazine focuses on the top seven lessons of PREP. See UB’s October 2014 issue, or use this link to read and share the article online.


Disclaimer:  The information on this website is presented for informational purposes only and is not intended to constitute professional advice or recommendations. Users should consult their institution’s own legal counsel or other appropriate institutional officials for advice.