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Tuesday, 11/5/13

Fleet Management and Transportation Risk

Webinar: "Transportation Locally and Around the World"

Date and Time: Tuesday, 11/5/13, 2-3 pm Eastern - Register Today (for FREE!)

Whether it's a student group traveling across the city, a grad student attending a conference in another state, or a faculty member taking a group of students around the world, transportation and vehicle risks are everywhere. To effectively manage these risks, we need to know where members of the campus community are traveling and how they are getting there. This webinar will provide a brief look at recent serious transportation incidents involving colleges and universities. Participants will hear about current best practices in the areas of fleet management, trip planning, and emergency/crisis response. Following this webinar, attendees will have a clearer picture of how they can implement some of these practices and also what emerging fleet and transportation risks could be on the horizon for their institutions.

Anyone involved with transportation on college campuses, including travel and fleet management, student group advisors, trip chaperones, risk managers, international travel offices, staff and faculty decision makers, athletics, and safety and security will benefit from this webinar. 

John Schwartz, JD
Senior Risk Management Consultant
United Educators Insurance

John Schwartz is a senior risk management consultant at United Educators Insurance Reciprocal Risk Retention Group (UE), where he works primarily with colleges, universities, and large research institutions. Mr. Schwartz is also responsible for UE’s risk management orientation process for all new members.

Prior to joining UE in 2004, Mr. Schwartz held administrative positions at three public universities: the University of Kansas, as an assistant to the vice president for student affairs; Texas A&M University, where he coordinated the Student and Academic Affairs risk management program; and Iowa State University, where he helped lead the Office of Risk Management and coordinated the workers’ compensation program.

Mr. Schwartz holds BA, MA, and JD degrees from the University of Kansas.

Resources to Share

Here are just a few resources for higher education administrators, students, faculty, and staff:

University Driving Programs and Driver Credentialing:

  • Driving Program, American University. American University's Driving Program website provides information on driver qualifications, obligations, department responsibilities, vehicle maintenance and damage, enforcement, breakdowns and emergencies, accident procedures, and unsafe driver incident observance.
  • Transportation Safety Guide, University of Alaska. This guide establishes a guideline to assist deans, directors, department heads, and supervisors in administering driving privileges for employees and vehicles under their control; ensure the safe operation of motorized vehicles; ensure the safety of drivers and passengers; and minimize losses, damages, and claims against the university.
  • URMIA 2011 Innovative Risk Management Solutions Award - Driver Credentialing: Know Your Driver Exposures, Elizabeth J. Carmichael, 2012 URMIA Journal. In 2011, Five Colleges, Incorporated was honored as the recipient of the Innovative Risk Management Solutions Award. This article provides an executive summary of Five Colleges, Incorporated's driver credentialing program. The hope is that other college and university risk managers will be able to modify and implement similar programs on their own canpuses and benefit from the sharing of these materials.

Vehicle Safety:

  • Distracted Driving Research & Statistics, National Safety Council. Effective prevention is based on science. The Council's focus on cell phone distracted driving, and its recommendation to ban hands-free and handheld phone use while driving, is based on the extensive research available, much of which is linked here.
  •, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America's roadways. In 2011 alone, over 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving crashes. is your resource for learning more about distracted driving. Get the facts, get involved, and help us keep America's roadways safe.
  • Passenger Van Safety, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Passenger vans handle very differently from smaller passenger vehicles because they are typically longer, higher, and wider. They require additional reliance on the side mirrors for changing lanes, more space, additional braking distances, and have a higher risk of crashes and rollovers if not properly driven and maintained.