Join us for our upcoming webinars

ACUA webinars are 60-90 minute live, online presentations focused on topics concerning internal auditing in the higher education industry. 

  • Most webinars are CPE eligible
  • Most webinars are complimentary, but there is a fee for select webinars

The webinar series is one method used by the ACUA Professional Education Committee, through its Virtual Learning subcommittee, to deliver quality education to ACUA’s members.

For more information on upcoming webinars, to become a webinar speaker, or to suggest a topic, contact the Virtual Learning Committee Director, Lisa Gendusa, at [email protected].

The Virtual Learning Committee is researching other possibilities for delivering CPE-eligible content.

Upcoming Webinars

Title: Foreign Influence – How Internal Audit Can Help Address Concerns and
Risks on Campus
Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020 
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm Eastern
Presenter:  ACUA and Baker Tilly
Speakers: Ashley Deihr, Partner, Baker Tilly; Brynn Tomlinson, Manager, Baker Tilly

Field of Study: Auditing
Location: Virtual
Type of Delivery Method: Group-internet-based
Prerequisite:  None
Advanced Preparation: None
CPE Credit: 1 Credit
Cost: None

In today’s global age, your institution likely benefits from foreign faculty and researchers on campus, funding from foreign governments or entities, and international research collaborations. However, recent focus on the threat of foreign influence to U.S. national security has resulted in scrutiny of U.S. academic institutions, including concerns over theft of intellectual property, both through diversion from the peer review process and through the transfer of research results and data to foreign entities.
 As part of this focus, your institution may have received information requests from a funding agency, heard that certain agencies may restrict your funding or even had a visit from the FBI! How do you, as internal audit, know how to help?
This webinar will outline concrete ways that internal audit can serve as a partner to assist with institutional response to the risks of foreign influence on campus, exploring how internal audit may be able to:

  1. Help identify, assess, and communicate risks.
  2. Perform targeted reviews of high-risk areas or processes to provide assurance that controls are operating effectively.
  3. Perform continuous monitoring activities to help identify potential red flags.
Specifically, we will walk through the following challenges and consider internal audit’s role in addressing each:
  • Department of Education Section 117 reporting requirements on foreign gifts/contracts
  • Federal agency disclosure requirements on foreign sources of support (e.g., National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy)
  • Intersection with conflicts of interest considerations
  • Risks related to foreign travel
  • Risks related to visiting scholars and foreign visitors to campus
  • Intersection with export controls considerations
  • Risks related to foreign talent programs (e.g., China’s “Thousand Talents Program”)

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Title: Expanding on the Kickstarter for Investigations: Misappropriation of Assets 
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020 
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm Eastern
Presenter:  ACUA 
Speakers: Intan McCartt, Investigations and Special Projects Auditor, and Mary Barnett, Assistant Director, at Virginia Communicaty College System

Field of Study: Auditing
Location: Virtual
Type of Delivery Method: Group-internet-based
Prerequisite:  None
Advanced Preparation: None
CPE Credit: 1 Credit
Cost: None

This course is intended to be a deeper dive into the Kickstarter for Investigations: Misappropriation of Assets, and will specifically focus on leave/time abuse and utilizing state resources for personal use. Participants will learn about how misappropriation of assets could potentially affect their organizations, and about identifying key risks and key controls during the course of an investigation. Investigation steps, as well as tips and tricks that the instructors have learned over the years, will be discussed.

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

1. Define misappropriation of assets and how it relates to higher education institutions.
2. Identify key risks and key controls that should be considered when performing an investigation or audit of misappropriation of assets.
3. Develop investigation steps and/or audit tests that assist in identifying potential misappropriation of assets situations.

Register Here

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Technical Tips

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Past Webinars





1/23/2020 Ransomware: What's Next?  Kathy Cruz, Director, Cyber Government, KPMG LLP
12/12/2019 Part Two: Climbing the Ranks: Best Practices for Preventing Fraud and Misreporting in Admissions and Institutional Data Christopher Garrity, Financial Affairs, Internal Audit, Saint Joseph’s University; Adrienne Larmett and Kimberly Macedo, Senior Managers, Baker Tilly  Link
10/17/2019 Climbing the Ranks: Best Practices for Preventing Fraud and Misreporting in Admissions and Institutional Data Christopher Garrity, Financial Affairs, Internal Audit, Saint Joseph’s University and Adrienne Larmett, Senior Manager, Baker Tilly  Link
10/3/2019  IT System Access Controls Kickstarter Michael Dean, Principal IT Auditor, Virginia Tech, Kick Starter author Link

Auditing Information Technology General Controls Sudeshna Aich, Senior Auditor - Information Technology, Florida State University - Office of Inspector General Services Link
07/18/2019 Athletics Ticket Operations: It’s a Tough Job but Somebody’s Gotta Do It!  Why Not You? Jana Clark, Senior Internal Auditor at Kansas State University ​Link
06/13/2019 My Big Fat Greek (Life) Audit Chris Garrity, St. Joseph's University and Adrienne Larmett, Baker Tilly Link
06/06/2019 Financial Aid – Enhancing Your Processes and Understanding Current Compliance Trends Jonathan A. Nichols, Baker Tilly
Joel Rudnick &
Stan Freeman, PowersLaw
05/16/2019 IT Risk Assessment- A Practical Holistic Approach Mike Cullen & Jimmy Edmundson, Baker Tilly Link
04/09/2019 Assessing The Student Health of Your Institution's Student Wellness Initiatives Elizabeth Truelove McDermott, Meghan Devaney, Nataly Cherepansky Link
03/21/2019 Kick Starter: Service Centers and Uniform Guidance Kara Kearney- Saylor, Director of Internal Audit at University of Buffalo Link
02/07/2019 The Difference Between Being in a Profession and Being Professional Sam McCall, Chief Auditor Officer, Florida State University Link
11/08/2018 Responding to External Agencies John Curran, CAE, University of Kansas and Colleen Lewis and Brynn Tomlinson, Managers at Baker Tilly Link
08/17/2018 How Ethics Combats Fraud Imad Mouchayleh, Senior Internal Auditor, Madison College Link
05/17/2018 Identity and Access Management in an Academic Environment John Lidros, President, Eminere Group Link
05/01/2018 Before, During, After: Benefits of Periodic Project Risk Reviews Ian Sterrett, Health System IT Audit Manager, Duke University; Mike Cullen and Michael Wright, Senior Managers with Baker Tilly Link
02/27/2018 Operation Collaboration – Leading Practices for Leveraging Common Internal Audit and Compliance Structures at Higher Education Institutions Vicki Duggan, Julian Williams, Ashley Deihr, Matt Yates, Baker Tilly Link
02/07/2018 Brick by Brick – Building Construction Audit Skills in Internal Audit Asel Solovyeva, Senior Auditor, Office of University Audits, University of Michigan Robert Zellmer, Manager, Baker Tilly Link
12/19/2017 EU General Data Protection Regulations Impacting U.S. Institutions Mark Bednarz, Partner, Risk Advisory, PKF O’Connor Davies and Ian Singer, IT Partner, Risk Advisory, PKF Littlejohn Link
12/13/2017 Auditing Social Media and Reputational Risk Felicia Best, Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting - TeamMate Link
11/30/2017 Managing Cybersecurity Assessments and Compliance Brian J. Daniels, Virginia Tech; Meghan Farrell and Mike Cullen, Baker Tilly Link
11/15/2017 Penetration Testing – What Is It Good For? Eric Randle, Senior Penetration Tester, Creative Breakthroughs Inc. Link
10/12/2017 Sponsored Research: Using the data to Detect, Deter & Prevent Fraud Melissa Hall, Associate Director, Forensic Audits, Georgia Institute of Technology and Paul Coleman, Consultant with Georgia Institute of Technology Link
08/25/2017 HIPAA in Higher Ed – Does Your Risk Assessment Get an A+ from OCR? Janice Ahlstrom, Mike Cullen, and John Kiss with Baker Tilly Link
08/16/2017 Business Continuity: What is at Risk? Mark Bednarz, Partner in Charge, Risk Advisory and Larry Baye, Principal, Risk Advisory at PKF O’Connor Davies Link
07/27/2017 Compliance Potpourri Nataly Cherepansky, Senior Consultant, Jimmy Edmundson, Senior Consultant and Matt Yates, Consultant, Baker Tilly Link
06/07/2017 Sales Tax and Fringe Benefits Tax Issues for Colleges and Universities Steve Hoffman, The Ordinary Success Project dba The Tax Translator Link
05/24/2017 Auditing Academic Processes: Lessons from Down Under Phillip John Armanas, Audit and Risk Management, University of South Australia Link
04/19/2017 Seven Secrets to Success with Students Tony Stephens, Institutional Chief Audit Executive, The University of Texas at Dallas Link
03/21/2017 Be a Catalyst for Your ERM Program Baker Tilly Link
03/08/2017 Auditing for Title IX Compliance Nancy Nasca, Manager, Rochester Institute of Technology Link
02/16/2017 The Importance of Internal Audit Building a Strong Partnership with Billing Compliance, Privacy, and Information Security Functions Glen C. Mueller, Cornell University Link
01/26/2017 Enhancing Network Security Ashish Jain, University System of New Hampshire Link
12/07/2016 Auditing for Title IX Compliance Nancy Nasca, Manager, Rochester Institute of Technology Link
11/01/2016 Construction Auditing Sandy Jansen, CIA, CCSA, CRMA, Executive Director, University of Tennessee And Tony Ollmann, CPA, CCA, Firm Director, Baker Tilly Link
10/04/2016 Starting & Sustaining Your Use of IDEA – ACUA Special Interest Group Webcast Jeremy Clopton, Director with BKD Link
10/12/2016 PCI Compliance Risks ACUA Speaker: Shiva Hullavared (Univ of Alaska) Link
08/24/2016 Uniform Guidance, the Green Book and COSO Patricia Hawk Rosemary Madnick Link
08/09/2016 What to Do with the Cloud You Bought or Thought You Bought Jason Ackerman Mike Cullen Eric Smith Link
07/27/2016 Root Cause Analysis: 3 Steps to Implement 2 RCA Methods Raven Catlin Link
06/22/2016 Back to Basics – Performing a Risk Assessment for Your Athletic Department Justin Noble, Audit Director, Texas Tech University System Martina Buckley, Manager, Baker Tilly Colleen Lewis, Senior Consultant, Baker Tilly Link
04/05/2016 Transforming Internal Audit John Curran, University of Kansas, Director of Internal Audit Ashley Deihr, Senior Manager, Baker Tilly Link
03/16/2016 1099s, FACTA, and Beginners Guide to a Tax Compliance Program at Your School Steve Hoffman “The Tax Translator” Link
02/10/2016 Protect Your Institution with Effective Cybersecurity Governance Baker Tilly Link
12/11/2015 Auditing in a Global Environment Baker Tilly Link
10/14/2015 Reining in Third Party Risks   Mark Bednarz, O’Connor Davies Kevin Secrest, University of Pennsylvania Link
09/09/2015 Small Shops Auditing Part Two Baker Tilly Link
08/12/2015 What College/University Auditors (and Business Departments) Need to Know About Tax Steve Hoffman “The Tax Translator” Link
07/15/2015 People-Centric Skills:  Communication Skills When the Stakes are High Danny Goldberg, Gold SRD   Link
07/01/2015 Uniform Guidance: An Update from the Field Baker Tilly Link
05/20/2015 Small Shops Auditing Part One Baker Tilly Link
03/11/2015 Show Me the Money: Using Data Analytics to Audit Payroll Baker Tilly Link