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The Prepared College

Purposeful risk engagement
at liberal arts colleges

New book breathes life into crisis planning with true stories by academic leaders

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Is your campus prepared to handle a crisis? A really big one, like those faced by Virginia Tech (2007), Texas A & M (1999), Penn State (2011), or the University of Iowa (2008)? Recognizing that a major crisis can affect the surrounding region, maybe you and your colleagues have talked about having

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Engage your college governing board as a risk-management catalyst

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As many colleges prepare for their boards to arrive on campus for the spring meeting, it’s time to ask:  How does your governing board approach questions of risk?  Do board members drive the process on campus by

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Fix one risk, cause another: The challenge of unintended consequences

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It’s time to admit that risk engagement can be complicated. Think about it: The measures you put in place to handle a risk can produce another

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Knowing where you live: A campus looks for the potential crisis hiding in its landscape

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By looking deeply into the terrain that shapes and surrounds your campus, you can teach yourself to perceive its special dangers.  Don’t expect to find these hazards on

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Why each campus risk needs an owner, no matter how much we prize collaboration

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The first day of spring is welcomed with joy—especially this year. In the context of PREP, we have reached a new stage. The intensive effort

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Making a list of top risks for your college: Are “best practices” good enough?

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Building your risk register is a standard step in the risk management process.  To flourish a ranked list of “our biggest risks” might

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Don’t ignore risk lessons in close shaves, near misses, and wake-up calls

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After an unexpected incident that caused little or no harm, people may react by thinking (and saying), “That sure was lucky,” or “Thank goodness it wasn’t worse.” In our relief, we may joke

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The Prepared College – What’s offered by Eventual Mishap?

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Some of you are following @EventualMishap, a Twitter account that offers timely news and resources on campus

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What every college leader should know about fraud, risk, and trust

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For the leaders of a liberal arts college who truly believe in its mission, and who see the college as a values-based community, it’s hard to believe there could be a fraudster within the

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