As plans for reopening remain the focus on most campuses, enrollment teams need to be looking ahead to the critical admissions work they do in the fall to set up their academic classes for the next few years – building strong pipelines, cultivating affinity, engaging prospective students, and generating application demand.
Today, the coronavirus’ impact on the economy is leading to what might be the next “lost class” of bachelor’s degree graduates. Millennials made up the original “lost class,” but Generation Z is now emerging as the group that is most affected by today’s pandemic.
As higher education institutions and other organizations continue to move to an increasingly sustained virtual environment in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, career services offices face the challenge of adapting to engage students and employers virtually. While many career services offices already migrated their offerings and events to a virtual environment this past spring, they must keep their websites up-to-date as staffing, hours, and programs continue to evolve across the late summer and fall.
The principal role has become increasingly demanding in recent years, but with the outbreak of COVID-19, the job has only grown in complexity and difficulty. Some districts have successfully embraced alternative leadership models that have allowed for more efficient and effective school leadership. Learn more about the distributed leadership model.
We believe several of the innovations related to digital engagement are here to stay, and will be a necessary component of events strategy, relationship building, and alumni outreach. See examples of how independent schools are already adapting to changes.
EAB’s Melanie Ho and Carla Hickman identify the five biggest mistakes higher ed leaders must avoid with their COVID-19 strategy.
Facing an economic downturn and fierce competition for undergraduate enrollments, colleges and universities are looking for a silver lining: countercyclical enrollments. This tendency for enrollments to increase as the economy declines is well documented. But leadership at four-year institutions shouldn’t get their hopes up. Not every institution benefits equally from these additional students. The Great Recession had a far smaller impact on baccalaureate and graduate enrollments than it did on community colleges and vocational programs.
Ask these three questions to evaluate your data readiness to respond to COVID-19, across key principles of accessibility, quality, and agility.
Watch this video to learn how frequently you should use interactive elements like chat functions and polling, ways to adapt the traditional in-person orientation format, how orientation leaders can build excitement across the summer, and how to create opportunities for students to connect with each other.
“Our people are afraid, whether it’s our board members, faculty, staff, students, or members of our community. But I am hopeful and confident that information can help us overcome fear,” says Dr. Melinda Treadwell, president of Keene State College.