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November 2, 2016

UConn taps into demand for corporate compliance expertise

Increased demand for risk-avoidance expertise has led UConn’s schools of business and law to create a certificate program in corporate and regulatory compliance.

The 12-credit program will begin this spring with courses in Hartford. Students will take four courses, typically one per semester, to complete the certificate. Applications are now being accepted.

“This is one of the fastest-growing specialties in business today and, with the right credentials, experts are commanding top jobs,’’ said Business Law Professor Robert Bird.

Bird is one of the co-founders of the graduate-level program with Peter Lindseth, law professor and director of international programs at UConn Law.

“The need for compliance officers is skyrocketing,” Bird added.

Regulatory changes and increasing complexity are driving the demand, Bird said, so UConn expects to draw not only students but compliance managers and leaders who want to improve the effectiveness of their company’s compliance team.

Those who complete the certificate will be able to master key compliance regulations, lead a compliance program, cultivate an organizational culture that encourages ethical conduct and a commitment to compliance with the law, and undertake initiatives that support their company’s business.

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