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Quantifying Cybersecurity Risk

(From Ars Technica and FEI) Despite several large-scale malware attacks that have affected school systems and public entities across the nation in the past few years, many institutions haven't heeded warnings about beefing up cybersecurity and addressing system vulnerabilities. Yet, these...

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Junkyard or Playground?

(From The New York Times) Kids get to play freely in The Yard, a new "adventure playground" on New York’s Governors Island. One of only about 1,000 such play yards in the world, it is filled with what looks like junk — old keyboards, mud, wood planks, signboards, broken mannequins, packing...

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Mission & Motivation: Who Manages Risk at Your School?

Risk Management | Given the emergence of new risks and the evolving school operating environment, now could be the time to revisit your organizational structure and carve out the resources to add a new position. Article by Simon Parker, Ashbury College From the May/June 2019 Net...

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Rules for Handling K-12 Sexual Misconduct Allegations in Debate

(from the New York Times) U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is working to overhaul federal rules on sexual misconduct that will impact not only college campuses, but also public elementary and secondary schools, where Title IX also applies. DeVos is seeking to put into place more protections...


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Under Pressure: Student Mental Health

Risk Management | Rising toll of student stress, anxiety and depression adds to urgency of schools’ risk-mitigation practices. Article by Donna Davis From the May/June 2019 Net Assets magazine Junior and senior year are filled with college admission preparations — fine-tuning essays...


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Risk & Compliance: Where Were the Chaperones?

Risk Management | It’s a job, not a vacation. Back to basics on supervision and school trips. Article by Susan E. Schorr, McLane Middleton From the May/June 2019 Net Assets magazine A story about a school trip to Washington, D.C., dominated the news cycle in January, especially...


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Cybersecurity Goes Beyond the Technology Office

Technology | A school’s online safety requires vigilance from every department. From phishing scams to data loss to outside vendors misusing remote access, the digital world is rife with risk for schools. But, as anyone who has ever created policies knows, the users are the weak link. When...


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New Tool Calculates ROI on Mental Health Investments

(from the American Council on Education) Investing time and resources in student mental health makes good academic and economic sense for colleges and society at large, according to recent research by the American Council on Education. How much those investments pay off can be measured using...


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Colleges Mitigate Risk Post "Varsity Blues"

(from the National Association of College and University Business Officers) In the wake of the “Varsity Blues” scandal, in which federal prosecutors charged at least 50 people in an elaborate scheme to gain admission for their children at elite universities, the National Association for College...


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Keep Calm and Enforce Your Harassment Policies

Risk Management | When a sexual harassment claim hits a school, pressure to react fast can be intense. To protect all stakeholders, schools should investigate and take action well before a crisis arrives. Between 2010 and 2017, the number of sexual harassment claims received by the...