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Internal Audit

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The mission of Internal Audit is to provide the State Board for Community Colleges, the chancellor and administrators of the 23 community colleges with independent and objective assurance and consulting services guided by a philosophy of adding value to improve the operations of the Virginia Community College System. Internal Audit assists the Virginia Community College System in accomplishing its objectives by bringing a systematic and disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of the organization’s risk management, control and governance processes.

The audit process is a collaborative effort. The objective is to have continued involvement at every stage, so that departments understand what we are doing and why we are doing it. The process works best when client management and the internal auditor have a solid and constructive working relationship based on clear and continuing communication.

About the Director

As Audit Director, Helen Vanderland reports functionally to the State Board for Community Colleges and administratively to Chancellor Glenn DuBois. She joined the Virginia Community College System as the internal audit director in January 2010.

Vanderland began her career in state service as a financial and compliance auditor with Virginia’s Auditor of Public Accounts. She has served in auditing and financial compliance roles with VCU, with the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and with the University of Mary Washington, where she worked for 15 years as internal audit director.

Vanderland, who is a CPA, graduated from Longwood University in 1980. She received her MBA from VCU in 1999. She is active in a variety of organizations in her field including the Institute of Internal Auditors and the College and University Auditors of Virginia.

Audit Services and Process

Internal Audit conducts compliance reviews, financial reviews, fraud reviews, information technology reviews and operational reviews to appraise the operations of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

Audits begin with pre-audit planning and development of scope and objectives. Entrance conferences, surveys, evaluations of strengths and weaknesses and risks, fieldwork, entrance and exit conferences, and review and follow-up on a final report are all part of the process.