Current Issues in Higher Education

May 21, 2018 Tuscaloosa, AL

Sessions


Utilizing IT to Enhance Business Processes

This course is an overview of technology tools being utilized to enhance collaboration and gain efficiencies in business processes.

After completing this course, you will have:

  • Gained exposure to collaboration and workflow tools that can be leveraged to create business efficiencies.
  • Identified areas within your organization which may benefit from these tools.

A basic understanding of technology tools is helpful, but not necessary.

Foreign National Tax Issues 101

This course will cover a variety of foreign national tax issues including tax analysis basics, treaty benefits, required withholding, and tax return preparation. Additionally, there will be an overview of the University of Alabama’s foreign national population facts and figures.

This course will provide knowledge of the Retirement System of Alabama and management of the systems’ financial operations and the valuation data for the annual actuarial valuations.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify individuals impacted by foreign national tax (resident aliens vs. nonresident aliens).
  • Better understand treaty benefits (income types, required IRS forms/documentation).
  • Better understand the calculation and reporting of required withholdings and required tax returns.

No prerequisites or advanced preparation is necessary.

Market Review and Outlook

This course will provide a general overview of the current U.S. economy and how it impacts investment strategies.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the current economic cycle.
  • Understand how the current market can impact your investment strategy.

No prerequisites or advanced preparation is necessary.

Implementing GASB 75

This course is an overview of GASB 74 and 75 along with implementation strategy.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the updates to the new GASB 74 and 75 statements.
  • Determine what benefits must be stated on the balance sheets.
  • Identify the differences between GASB 67/68 and GASB 74/75.
  • Understand how to record and prepare additional supplemental schedules.

No prerequisites or advanced preparation is necessary.

Run, Hide, Fight: Surviving an Active Threat Incident

This course will provide definitions, background, and options to increase chances for survival during an active threat event. The course will cover the Run, Hide, Fight method and what to expect from law enforcement upon their arrival to an incident.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand how to take ownership of your own unique situation for your survival until police officers have resolved the situation.
  • Prepare a plan to run, hide, and/or fight wherever you are, on and off campus, before a situation occurs.
  • Know that it is not a hopeless endeavor. With the proper planning and preparation, you can positively impact your chances of surviving an Active Threat event.

No prerequisites or advanced preparation is necessary.

Accounting, Financial Reporting and Tax Update

This course is an overview of the recently issued GASB and FASB Not for Profit Accounting standards including the accounting and disclosure implications of the recently issued standards, as well as an overview of the tax reform impact on exempt organizations.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the new GASB and FASB Not for Profit accounting standards that are relevant to your organization.
  • Understand the accounting and disclosure implications of those standards.
  • Understand the impact from tax reform on exempt organizations.

No prerequisites or advanced preparation is necessary.

David, Bathsheba, and the Latest University Crisis

University scandals like the one at Michigan State continue to attract negative public and media attention. When a crisis strikes, risk and compliance programs often prescribe more policies and more training as the solution. In this presentation, we will ask if those are enough. In doing so, we will look to an ancient story for additional tools to help meet the increasing expectations of the public, employees, and our students.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify common themes in recent university crises and scandals.
  • Discuss rising public expectations of our universities.
  • Apply the tools of risk management and compliance to mitigate potential harm to your institution.
  • Identify other strategies to avoid damage to your university‚Äôs finances, operations, and reputation.

No prerequisites or advanced preparation is necessary.