Letter from the Editor
March 16, 2022
The new year is upon us! Although it may seem like we are still in the dead of winter, spring is already on the horizon. In our last issue, we reflected on the changes, struggles and accomplishments of the intense period of transformation we have all been living through. But now, as we turn the page to 2022, it’s time to do some spring cleaning and gear up for whatever the future holds.
In this issue, “Spring Forward: Planning for the Future,” we embrace the renewed energy that accompanies the start of the new year. Here, our members share their thoughts about a host of topics that will help audit teams create a culture of continuous improvement and prepare to face new and evolving risks. First, Sandy Jansen and Kimberly Turner provide their insights on how internal auditors can gain a seat at the table with institutional leadership. Then, Todd Knowles and Diane Padgett deliver the second part of their Data Privacy Primer series, in which they dive deeper into the topic of personal data and offer recommendations on how auditors can identify and mitigate privacy risks. Karletta Jones and Mark Ruppert also share their experiences using Microsoft Teams to enhance the efficiency of administrative audit tasks, client communication and documentation processes. In addition, Du’Neika Easley has an exciting update from the ACUA Board of Directors on the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Committee. Finally, the journal team has tabulated your responses to our recent survey. Our article on succession planning and the Great Resignation offers results, resources and suggestions for adjusting to this new era in the workplace.
Each issue of College and University Auditor journal is made possible by contributions from our wonderful community. Please consider sharing your knowledge and expertise in a future issue! The journal team is happy to assist you in developing a basic outline or fine-tuning your article. Feel free to reach out to me with questions, comments or ideas at [email protected], or contact me by phone at (203) 218-7631.
Many thanks to our community, and I hope you enjoy this issue of College and University Auditor!
Claire Thomas, Editor
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