Strategic Risk Management Course Outline

Week 1: Defining Strategic Risk Management

  • Introduction (course format; use of Webinars; guest lecturers etc.)
  • Defining Risk/ Strategic Risk; Risk Management; Enterprise Risk Management
  • Defining Leadership in Risk Management
    • What does it mean?
    • What do you need to do first?
  • Defining your Role in department and externally within University
    • Risk Management Committee; Training; Emergency Response; Communication
  • Defining Outcomes
  • Positioning the Risk Manager
  • Defining your department risks
    • Which risks?
    • What are challenges/ barriers?
    • What are your ‘sweaty palm’ issues?
  • Communicating with your course partner

Week 2: Assessing and Prioritizing Risks

  • Creating a Risk Map for the department
    • Using the risk matrix
  • Prioritizing risks
    • Reviewing tools to identify and assess risk
    • Developing a Risk Identification and Rating Grid
  • Developing a simple Audit Tool
    • Conducting a ‘Big Picture’ department risk audit
  • Drafting ‘Department Guidelines’ for risk management in key areas:
    • Supervision/Instruction; Training; Facilities/Equipment; Emergency Response

Week 3: Focusing on the Key Elements of the Risk Manager Job

  • Training
    • Identifying training needs, options and delivery mechanisms
    • Department vs. Unit training (global vs. local)
    • Developing Training Grids
  • Emergency Response/ Crises Management
    • Identifying current/future protocols and training
  • Risk Management Committee
    • Role; training; succession planning

Week 4: Defining your External Role; Pulling it all Together

  • Risk Management in larger context
    • Campus Recreation and the University
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Establishing key relationships and identifying University champions
  • The University Risk Manager
  • Identifying ways to position department as a Risk Management leader
  • Pulling it all together
    • Developing your department Risk Management Plan
    • Making a presentation to the Director and department
    • Getting endorsement for your plan – and your role as Risk Manager

In July of 2015 California State University, Chico had the opportunity to participate in Sport Risk’s new ‘Best Practices’ risk management review conducted by Ian McGregor & Associates. Ian is clearly one of the most knowledgable and experienced leaders in risk management practices and our institution was excited to be one of the first Universities to use this new evaluation process. 

 While evaluating our programs we found his work to be innovative, comprehensive, and easy to use throughout all aspects of our various recreation programs. Because of his outstanding work we are using the recommendations as a catalyst for program improvement.  Being able to contrast our practices with other NIRSA institutions is invaluable in bringing our programs to a higher standard of excellence. Without hesitation, I would recommend this process to any collegiate recreation program who is interested in current, state of the art, risk management practices. You will find Ian McGregor and Associates to be professional and cost effective in helping you meet your administrative responsibilities.

Kimberly Scott

Director of Recreational Sports
Associate Director of Student Life
California State University, Chico

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