On December 21, 2020, Congress finalized a new stimulus package and federal budget in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 to provide another round of relief to the US economy. While this latest relief package is far smaller and later than many of us would have hoped for, higher education leaders can expect some additional federal assistance to start 2021.
While interest in M&A has spiked, many leaders remain uncertain about how it might fit into their institutional strategy. Part of this stems from stakeholder misconceptions of M&A in higher ed: Board members, for example, may have experience with M&A in other industries but fail to recognize regulatory and cultural factors that make it difficult to apply corporate best practices in a higher education context. Meanwhile, other institutional stakeholders may misinterpret media narratives around M&As in higher ed, leading to overstated expectations around the ease, likelihood, or impact of a potential transaction
Some campus leaders are reframing the campus safety conversation around community needs in order to take a more holistic campus safety approach.
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On December 11th, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized emergency use of a vaccine to prevent the coronavirus strand behind COVID-19. This vaccine, developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE, is the first one to have received full approval from the US regulatory body, and was approved by health authorities in the United Kingdom and Canada over the week prior.
Statements that isolate university free speech values may disharmonize students who question if the institution values diversity and inclusion to the same extent as free speech. To promote a holistic view of their institution’s values, institution leaders must articulate, reinforce, and allow students to reflect on the university’s values. These three steps will help university leaders turn abstract values into values students engage with and ponder during their time on campus.
Having a chief diversity officer, or CDO won’t be enough to create meaningful change—institutions must ensure their CDO role is well thought out, and that the individual filling the role is empowered to build relationships and drive progress on initiatives.
To offer insight into these challenges and advice for leading through them, on October 15, the Higher Education Strategy Forum hosted a working session for presidential chiefs of staff and other strategic deputies, featuring an interview and Q&A with Candace Dodson-Reed, Chief of Staff to the President and Executive Director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Retaining a diverse faculty is top-of-mind for institutions, but retaining a diverse staff is just as important and can be just as challenging. Read three strategies university and department leaders can use to support staff retention.
We reviewed over 40 DEI plans across the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the U.K. to better understand how campuses are demonstrating real work and commitment to DEI. EAB identified four key components of an actionable and compelling DEI plan.
EAB conducted an analysis of 130 statements on anti-racism issued by higher education institutions after George Floyd’s murder. See what we learned.