January

2016, the next new year!

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Copyright Prachanart Viriyaraks

By Glenn Klinksiek, Knowledge Center Content Manager, URMIA.

Before hanging my 2016 calendar, I looked through the beautiful pictures for each month and glanced at the days on which the holidays fall (good news: extended weekends are assured as July 4 falls on Monday and Christmas on Sunday). Obviously, though, what are missing from the calendar are the events that will shape the challenges ahead. As risk managers, we try to anticipate the possibilities and plan for them if they should occur. Here are my thoughts about what might be coming in 2016.

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Plan exercise scenarios now in URMIA library

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Copyright Michael Gil

The URMIA Library now contains 19 emergency plan exercise scenarios that member institutions may use as a starting point for creating scenarios to test their own plans. The scenarios are found in the URMIA Library folder, "Plan Exercise Scenarios," within the "Emergency Response" sub-folder. The scenarios are detailed below. A big thank you to Luke Figora, Northwestern University; Mark Wesley, PEM, Eastern Michigan University; Robert Grieshaber, University of Wisconsin-Parkside; and a member from a private university that did not want to be identified for their submissions to this excellent new library resource.

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Washington lawmakers reach sweeping tax and budget agreement, Perkins Loan Program extended to 2017-18

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Copyright DonkeyHotey

In December, Congress passed a $1.1 trillion FY16 omnibus spending bill, which provides funding for the federal government through September 30, 2016. The massive deal contains numerous provisions important to the higher education community, with implications for students, families and institutions.

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By Kathy E. Hargis, MBA, URMIA's President-Elect, Board Liaison to URMIA's Affiliates Committee, and Associate Vice President of Risk Management & Compliance, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN.

As URMIA’s president-elect, I have the privilege of serving as the board of director’s liaison to the Affiliates Committee. Affiliate members of URMIA are typically, but not solely, for-profit entities, such as insurers and suppliers of both products and services, that practice in the field of higher education. Affiliate members have voting rights, may hold office (except Executive Committee office) and may be appointed to URMIA committees, task forces or advisory groups. Regardless of whether we partake of the commercial services available to our institutions or are competitors in business, through URMIA we work side by side as professional colleagues, partners and friends. Currently, URMIA’s affiliate membership totals 390.

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Copyright Jeff Djevdet

Welcome to 2016! Each year, URMIA hosts in-person regional and annual (national) conferences around the country, as well as online webinars designed to minimize your cost and time away from the office while maximizing your educational and networking opportunities. Read on to see the Top 10 URMIA resources of 2015 and learn about URMIA's website re-design, the 2016 Regional Conference series and scholarship, submitting content for URMIA's 47th Annual Conference and 2016 URMIA Journal, URMIA's new Affiliate Innovative Resources library, and ISO 31000 training from URMIA and PRIMA!

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Each month, this article provides some of the latest risk management resources, as well as a calendar of upcoming events, webinars, conferences and other learning opportunities in which you or your campus colleagues may be interested.

Risk Management Resources

  • URMIA survey list. This is a collection of URMIA member surveys and is a great place to look for various benchmarking data.
  • URMIA Listserv Summaries list. This is a collection of URMIA member listserv surveys. If you are looking for benchmarking or historical data, this is a great place to start your search.
  • Webinar listing. Did you know that URMIA records most of its webinars and shares them through our online library? You can view these 24/7 when convenient for you!
  • Help us continue sharing the latest in risk management solutions from URMIA's affiliate members by contributing to the Affiliate Innovative Resources library. URMIA's affiliate members can now submit service information to this library to share with institutional members. Some restrictions apply. Submit your content here or email your articles, fact sheets and other resources to the URMIA National Office at urmia@urmia.org.

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URMIA members in the news

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Copyright Pedro Ribeiro Simões

Help us welcome our newest members, and see what professional updates your colleagues have to share from the last month.

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Insights is the monthly online newsletter for the University Risk Management and Insurance Association. Published by URMIA’s Communications Committee, this newsletter contains more than the latest information about URMIA. Insights gathers thoughtful commentary on higher education risk management as well as tutorials and detailed explanations of risk management practices and tools.

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Controversy and campus reports on Clery data

By John Fees, Co Founder & Managing Director, NGI Group/Grad Guards

Kelly Field wrote an important article in the November 25, 2015, issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, "How Much Can Campus-Crime Reports Tell Us about Sexual Assault?" The article focused on what campus crime reports reveal about sexual assaults on college campuses.  

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