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Preparing for College Admissions Scandal Fallout

Risk Management | The national admissions case highlights anxiety about getting into the right college — and the risk potential independent schools could be facing in the future. This information is provided for general educational purposes only. It should not be relied upon as, or in...


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Safety & Security: In a Day, on a Dime

Risk Management | Addressing low-hanging fruit and implementing low-cost solutions could improve your school’s safety. Article by Marcus DePontes, StoneGate Associates, LLC From the September/October 2019 NetAssets magazine Following recent high-profile security events, schools...


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Use the Calm To Weather the Storm

Risk Management | How well a school handles a crisis may depend on six factors, including board relations, dedicated committees and defined roles. Crises at independent schools occur without warning, but you can plan for how the school will work through them. “There’s a before, during and...


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A Crisis Is Coming. Is Your Board on Board?

Risk Management | Don’t let powerful board dissenters, loose-lipped gossips or simply poor preparation hijack your school’s principles or plans when so much is on the line. Article by David Wolowitz, McLane Middleton From the July/August 2018 Net Assets magazine What makes an...


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School-Led Suicide Prevention Efforts

(from NPR) School officials are acting with caution ahead of the second season of the Netflix drama "13 Reasons Why," which premieres this week. The first season, which centered on the suicide of a high school student, triggered cautions from the National Association of School...


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Campus Hate Crimes Surged in 2016

(from the Chronicle of Higher Education) New information from the U.S. Department of Education confirms it: Reports of hate-motivated episodes on college and university campuses rose to 1,250 in the election year of 2016, up from an average of 970 per year, on average, in each of the four...


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Mishandled Crises Undermine Campus Leadership

(from The Chronicle of Higher Education) Poor top-down communication on college crises have led recently to protests, bad publicity and, in at least a few cases, the resignations of established leaders. Tips to avoid similar fates: Appreciate how rapidly news and issues develop. Slow decision...


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145 School Shootings Since Newtown

(from Education Week) Five years after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, K-12 schools continue to wrestle with questions about their vulnerability to gun violence and their ability to prevent similar tragedies from happening....


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Wildfires Shut Down Independent Schools in Southern California

Above: the Skirball Fire on December 6, shortly after it started. Photo credit: Bd1983. Risk Management | updated December 11 | As the massive wildfires in southern California continue to burn, hundreds of schools remain closed, including some that had been designated as safe havens for...


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Campus Teams Assess, Deter Threats

(from the Chronicle of Higher Education) Motivated by horrific mass-shootings on educational campuses in recent years, at least 900 colleges and universities have formed campus "threat-assessment teams" to prevent students (and others) from harming themselves or one another. Sometimes called...