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Purposeful risk engagement
at liberal arts colleges

Data-driven in the wrong direction: Risks on the road to data analysis

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One of the cross-functional teams currently most active on our campus is the data stewards group. I polled this group informally at the end of a recent

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National report finds “higher education is conflicted” about risk management

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How do leaders of American colleges and universities view risk, and how widely is risk management practiced?  Do you sometimes wonder if your college is ahead, behind, or

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To reach the goal of well-managed risks, firmly attach risks to governance

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Risk engagement never ends. The goal is to reach a point where you feel confident that you’ve

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The least exciting and most hardworking risk-management tool on campus

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This tool costs virtually nothing, is simple to assemble, and can make all the difference in—or right after—a crisis.  What is it? The humble

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College in a bubble: Risks of the insular campus

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The first time I taught a freshman seminar, my topic was utopian literature. The students plunged into lively

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Transparent exposure: Do campus risks magnify when more people know about them?

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When it comes to risk communication, how much is too much

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How do you control risk after a member of staff violates college policy?

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When it comes to light that a policy wasn’t properly followed, the common impulse is to focus on the violator.  The situation looks simple: She shouldn’t have

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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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