IAAS Guidance

Internal Control in Higher Education

This presentation provides an overview of internal control as described in the frameworks, “Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government” (also known as the green book) and the ‘‘Internal Control Integrated Framework’’ issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). The five components (control environment, risk assessment, control activities, information and communication and monitoring) and 17 principles of internal control are introduced.

Internal Control Assessments

MSU’s financial and administrative staff can use these questionnaires to assess internal control activities in their units. These questionnaires were designed to make it easy for staff members to determine if their units have implemented many of the control activities that are commonly needed at MSU and are based on MSU and State of Montana policies and procedures and sound administrative practices. Click above for a document combining all of the assessments or choose a topic below.

Departmental Revenue Collection Procedures Model

This document should be used by departments as a guide for the development or enhancement of their revenue collection procedures and should be tailored to each department’s specific situation. Developing and following good procedures for revenue collection is important to protect the university’s assets but also to protect staff collecting revenue in the event that significant shortages or reductions in annual revenue occur.