For as much as colleges and universities have a healthy respect for risk and a desire to implement leading-edge enterprise risk management (ERM) programs, many still struggle with translating the theory they find in literature into a practical and effective program. There is no single correct way to implement ERM, which leaves institutions to their own devices in interpreting ERM concepts as they attempt to adopt risk management protocols. This often leads to suboptimal efforts that fall short of achieving their objectives — or worse, to abandonment of ERM initiatives altogether.
However, effective implementation of ERM can indeed be achieved, and the common pitfalls that institutions face when designing an ERM program from scratch can be overcome. Success comes from utilizing a comprehensive, structured methodology, informed by the experience of others, to identify, evaluate, report and mitigate key risks to your institution.
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