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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...

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Risks Ahead Include Downturn, Conduct and the Cloud

(from RSM) Experts predict economic growth will slow in 2019, largely due to the receding effects of the 2017 tax cuts, with a 21 percent chance or recession. Such a downturn would likely mirror the dot-com slowdown of the early 2000s more than the Great Recession of 2008. At the same time,...

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Safety & Security: Are Your Auxiliary Programs Prepared for an Emergency?

Risk Management | The unique challenges associated with after-school, evening and weekend activities merit additional considerations. Article by Brandon Perry, Phoenix Country Day School From the March/April 2019 Net Assets magazine Many schools offer after-school, evening and...


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Understanding Environmental Risks As Financial Risks

(from Financial Executive) Environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are becoming increasingly important to organizational stakeholders. To properly address them, organizations should include ESG factors in their enterprise risk management programs. Finance executives are beginning to...


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Academic Pressure Top Driver of Rising Teen Anxiety

(from Pew Research Center) Anxiety and depression are on the rise among America’s youth and, whether they personally suffer from these conditions or not, seven-in-ten teens today see them as major problems among their peers. Concern about mental health cuts across gender, racial and socio...


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Hate Incidents Spread on College Campuses

(from Inside Higher Ed) Incidents targeting students of color and of different sexualities and religions appear to be increasing on college campuses, according to a new report. Advocates urge administrators to be vocal in denouncing them and to have a plan in place for when they occur. Most...


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Sesame Allergies Increase, Prompting Labeling Concerns

Risk Management | Experts attribute trend to greater prevalence of sesame seeds and oils in the modern diet. Is sesame on the menu in your school’s cafeteria or dining hall? If so, it might be a good time to consider also indicating the presence of this popular ingredient. In the 2018-2019...


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K-12 Cybersecurity Incidents Accelerate

(from EdSurge) A new cybersecurity incident strikes public K-12 schools nearly every three days, and those are just the ones we hear about. "It's definitely an undercount," said Doug Levin, author of "The State of K-12 Cybersecurity: 2018 Year in Review." Referring to the 122 "known" K-12...


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Top Four Pitfalls of the Hiring Process

CEO Notebook | From relying on resumes to ineffective interviews, these common mistakes can be avoided. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Hiring season is upon us. During a recent meeting with independent school leaders, I asked the simple question, “How many of...