Implementing a Travel Risk Management Strategy for Academic Travel

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By Mike Kelly, CEO of
On Call International

According to the Institute of International Education, nearly 284,000 American students studied abroad for academic credit during 2011-2012.  Additionally, more than 150 U.S. colleges pledged to increase their study abroad participation rates as part of a new national initiative called Generation Study Abroad. With the anticipated rise in study abroad programs and the health and safety risks associated with travel, the need for academic institutions to implement a proactive risk management program has never been more crucial. 


Government & Regulatory Affairs Blast: Volunteer Protection Act

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This month's Government and Regulatory Affairs (GRA) Blast focuses on the federal Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 and how it might impact your institution. For a downloadable, printable copy of this GRA Blast to share, click here. You can find more regulatory resources from URMIA's Government and Regulatory Affairs Committee here.


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By David Olson, Assistant Director of Safety for The Master's College and Glenn Klinksiek, CPCU, ARM, MBA, DRM, Knowledge Center Content Manager for URMIA

The University Risk Management and Insurance Association (URMIA) conducted a survey, “Identifying Risk - A Survey of Practices in Higher Education,” of its members in early June 2014 to find out how do risk managers anticipate new or emerging risks. More than 125 URMIA members completed the survey and generated interesting insights into how the risk identification process. Last month, Insights shared the results regarding who has responsibility for the risk identification process. In this article, Insights will present what the survey said about the risk identification process.


Board Corner: Report from URMIA's Honors Committee

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By Larry V. Stephens, AIC, ARM, CPCU, AAM, DRM, Director of Insurance, Loss Control & Claims at Indiana University
and chair of the URMIA Honors Committee.

Welcome to the continued board corner on URMIA Insights. Each month, in this space, your board has been provided with an opportunity to communicate with our membership about the initiatives and work being done by our committees. This month's Board Corner features URMIA's Honors Committee.


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Each year, URMIA hosts in-person regional, roundtable, and annual (national) conferences around the country designed to minimize your cost and time away from the office while maximizing your educational and networking opportunities. A complete schedule of our remaining 2014 events is available here. Stay tuned for 2015 regional conference dates and locations to be announced at the 45th Annual Conference.

Read on to learn more about URMIA's upcoming conference schedule including Risky Business Week in November, submitting your presentation for URMIA's 2015 regional conferences, and more!

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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.


URMIA Members in the News

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


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Risk Appetite

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Robbie Sinclair, CPP, MBA, is a security and risk management professional with over two decades of leadership in crisis and emergency risk management, physical and cyber security, and organizational risk management across multiple sectors and four continents. He is an inaugural and active member of the Resilience Expert Advisory Group with the Australia Federal Attorney General's Department. He has an undergraduate degree in leadership, and an MBA from University of New England in Armidale, New South Wales, Australia, and is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) from ASIS International. Robbie is the risk and business continuity manager at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia.

No University moves forward or makes a profit without taking risks. How much risk do they need to take? Taking risks without consciously managing risks can lead to the downfall of organizations.


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