MTSU Risk Philosophy
The MTSU Risk Philosophy seeks to balance enterprise-wide risk management with thoughtful
and meaningful strategic planning in which the University's Board of Trustees, members
of Executive Leadership, Faculty, and Staff are engaged. While elements of risk are
inherent in any institution's operation, MTSU acknowledges that risk identification,
assessment, mitigation, and continuous improvement are among the hallmarks of institutional
sustainability; academic and research innovation; financial integrity and growth;
and data protection. The University further believes that integrated risk management
and institutional compliance planning additionally serves to support its mission of
providing a student-centered, culturally rich, innovative, experiential learning environment
for both undergraduate and graduate students.
The University's Risk Philosophy and risk management and compliance program strategy
is supported by the experienced leadership of its President, Dr. Sidney A. McPhee,
as well as members of the senior management team, Deans, Associate Deans, Directors,
Department Chairs, Managers, Faculty, and Staff. Together, MTSU's divisional, departmental,
and College leadership and Staff remain committed to promoting and enhancing institutional
student success, financial integrity, operational transparency, community engagement,
international partnerships, and research innovation, which aligns with the institution's
overall risk management strategies, internal control system, and compliance program.
Annual risk assessments, internal/external auditing, review of conflict of interests,
and educational training on compliance topics are a part of MTSU's overall institutional
compliance program to ensure its financial and operational integrity and to combat,
fraud, waste, and abuse of State resources. The operational and financial controls
utilized by the leadership, faculty, and Staff additionally help to make MTSU the destination of choice for quality undergraduate and graduate education, transfer
programs, and innovative research.
The University's Risk Philosophy is reviewed annually by the Enterprise Compliance
and Risk Management Committee to ensure that it remains consistent with MTSU's mission,
strategic goals, and community standards.