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ASME-ITI Issues Standard
October 1, 2010

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and ASME-Innovative Technologies Institute, LLC (ASME-ITI) have announced the new ASME-ITI Higher Education Risk Standard. “A Risk Analysis Standard for Natural and Man-Made Hazards to Higher Education Institutions” is designed to identify, analyze and address risks on college and university campuses. It is based on the Risk Analysis and Management for Critical Asset Protection (RAMCAP) Plus® process and has been officially approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

RAMCAP Plus® is a seven-step methodology that enables asset owners to perform self-assessments of their risks relative to specific threats. This risk assessment tool quantifies risk by identifying assets, threats, vulnerabilities and consequences. RAMCAP Plus® then enables users to implement strategies to mitigate the overall risk.

Given the prevalent risks on college and university campuses, it is important to standardize risk mitigation strategies for academia. The higher education standard was created in response to recent incidents of campus violence and hurricanes that affected the Gulf Coast. By better understanding the threats, risks and vulnerabilities to higher education institutions, campus decision-makers are better equipped to set priorities and prepare for emergencies.

The ASME-ITI Higher Education Standard Committee, chaired by Michael Abbiatti of the Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network, is comprised of academics, risk experts, first responders, and emergency managers.

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