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As the COVID-19 crisis deepens, senior Facilities officers (SFOs) continue to make critical decisions around open-ended issues, such as how to prioritize Facilities work and which construction projects can proceed. In April, EAB surveyed about 75 SFOs from higher education institutions across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom to understand the impact of COVID-19 on Facilities construction, operations, and staff.
Dedicating staff to these roles builds the capacity for more significant revenue-generating activities, according to a dataset of 230+ institutions.
Many advancement leaders know this is a vital time to steward donors in a way that builds and solidifies relationships. It is crucial that donors are hearing from us and feel supported and appreciated during these challenging times
As institutions grapple with COVID-related expenses—and anticipate future budget shortfalls—some have begun furloughing staff to temporarily reduce salary costs. While furloughs are an attractive alternative to layoffs, most institutions haven’t considered furloughing staff since the Great Recession—and today’s circumstances are quite different than they were a decade ago. As a result, leaders are adapting their historic furlough approach to the COVID-19 context.
The past couple of months have been incredibly difficult for school communities, here are some creative ways to honor teachers.
Shared services is a tried-and-true method for increasing the efficiency and quality of administrative service delivery, but shared services initiatives tend to evoke fears of layoffs, increased administrative burdens for faculty, and expensive consulting engagements with questionable returns. Use this resource to better understand shared services, take the readiness diagnostic, and look at example maturity models.
As institutions prepare for potential reopenings, senior leaders must consider what protective measures to introduce to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Discover four critical areas leaders must focus on and see early case studies from within and outside the higher education industry.
In the wake of the growing COVID-19 pandemic, an increasing number of universities are facing mandates from state governments to shift to an “essential personnel only” staffing model. See our advice from three Facilities leaders on how to prepare for “essential personnel” staffing models.
These are difficult times for colleges and universities, and all the more so for higher education employees who have been furloughed. Watch this video to learn four ways to convey care and offer relief through your messages to furloughed employees.