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Enterprise Risk Management

University Office of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)

The University Office of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) supports the achievement of the University of Illinois System's objectives by engaging system and university leadership, faculty, and staff to promote a progressive risk culture and balanced approach that addresses the spectrum of its risks and manages the combined impact of those risks as an interrelated risk portfolio.

ERM is separate and distinct from the University Office of Risk Management who acts as the insurance agent of the system.

About ERM

ERM is a process to identify, evaluate, and manage the significant risks that face the University of Illinois.

The people closest to a risk are best equipped to manage the risk. At the U of I system, ERM acts in a support role, providing assistance to the risk owners or experts who develop the best mitigation strategy.

ERM staff facilitates risk awareness among administration, faculty and staff, and then stimulates development and implementation of appropriate risk mitigation strategies.

ERM Vision

Create a risk-aware culture that educates stakeholders on risk management, allowing the system to identify risks and make plans to avoid material impact on finances and operations while encouraging the acceptance of manageable risks in support of opportunities.

Comparative Risk Responsibilities

The table below explains the difference between ERM, University Audits, University Office of Risk Management, University Compliance & Ethics, and University Administration.

Risk Responsibilities at the University of Illinois System
Support ACHIEVEMENT OF SYSTEM OBJECTIVES by reducing the likelihood and impact of material negative events, while facilitating the acceptance of manageable risks
Department All University Units / Departments Enterprise Risk Management University Office of Risk Management University Ethics and Compliance University Audits
Purpose Own and manage risks with responsibility for loss control and prevention Promote a risk-intelligent culture by facilitating an integrated and coordinated risk identification, measurement, and management process Protect the system's human, physical, and financial assets by coordinating a program of commercial and self insurance Promote a culture of ethical conduct and a commitment to compliance with federal, state and local law and regulation Provide independent assurance on effectiveness of governance, risk management, and internal controls
Reporting Line Various - ultimately to Chancellor or applicable VP OBFS to VP-CFO Treasury to VP-CFO Reports directly to the President and to the Board of Trustees through the Government, Personnel and Ethics Committee Reports directly to the President and the Board of Trustees through the Audit, Budget, Finance and Facilities Committee, and indirectly to the VP-CFO

Risk and Opportunities

Risk is any issue that impacts the system's ability to meet its goals and objectives.

Opportunity is a chance to advance the system, possibly requiring that a certain amount of risk be taken.

Benefits of ERM

  • Minimizes surprise and impact on operations and administration.
  • Explicitly considers risk when addressing ongoing business, operational activities and in planning future endeavors.
  • Strategy aligns with risk appetite.
  • Identifies and manages cross-unit risks.
  • Structures identification of risk mitigation strategies.
  • Enhances risk response decisions.

Last Updated: July 24, 2018

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