As an internal auditor sometimes there is a lot of confusion over what we do. Occasionally, we hear motivational statements like:
''Oh no! The auditors are here.''
Honestly, there are some in our profession whose approach has helped create this stereotype of negativity. You may even hold such an opinion; however, I'd ask you to reevaluate your view as to how internal auditing can assist you and maybe even help improve your operations.
When I'm asked to explain what we do in internal auditing here at AU, I explain our role is to help AU be successful and meet objectives. We do this by evaluating systems, processes, and controls to be sure they are working as intended to reduce the likelihood of trouble. In a nutshell we try to keep bad things from happening, and if bad things do happen, we help correct them. To learn more about internal auditing in higher education you are welcome to view this short clip from the Association of College and University Auditors which describes the various roles we sometimes have.
We'd much rather work with you on the process before the problem occurs to be sure you have procedres in place and risks are being managed. That philosophy is the primary purpose of this monthly communication as well as to encourage proactive actions. As you evaluate the issues that have occurred within higher education over the past month, we again suggest you consider any unique risks in your own operations. We also encourage you to work with us if you have items for which you'd like an objective, outside opinion, or advice on how some risks can be better managed. We believe that is good business and much more valuable than reacting after a risk management or compliance failure.
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Last Updated: November 26., 2013