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ERIC Number: ED549846
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
A Wake-Up Call: Enterprise Risk Management at Colleges and Universities Today
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
After five years of change and upheaval, why is it that governing boards of colleges and universities continue to consider risk on a largely ad hoc basis? The findings from this recent survey, conducted by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) and United Educators (UE), indicate a modest increase in the use of risk assessment in high-level decision making over the past five years, but they also show that boards and administrators are not yet substantially committed to this process, which offers an approach for assessing threats and seizing opportunities. Now, more than ever, governing boards and senior leaders need to be attentive to risks. In 2008 and 2013, AGB and UE jointly surveyed higher education leaders to track the acceptance of, use of, and attitudes toward enterprise risk management (ERM) on college campuses. Unfortunately, a comparative analysis of survey results suggests that higher education is conflicted when it comes to ERM. Overall, while advancing ERM in important ways, higher education has lost ground or made no change to ERM practices on critical fronts. This publication explores this disconnect while recommending six key practices for boards: (1) Make risk management an institutional priority; (2) Implement a sustained ERM effort by senior administration; (3) Engage the governing board in risk monitoring; (4) Discuss institutional risks frequently and regularly; (5) Share information to meet obligations; and (6) Evaluate the institution's work on institutional risks.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges; United Educators (UE)