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Research ramp-up plans include exhaustive detail on how researchers can keep themselves and their colleagues safe as they return to their labs. But these plans can be daunting, sometimes providing too much detail and burying the most important information that individual PIs need to know. To help institutions craft more actionable ramp-up plans—and ensure they have taken the appropriate steps to safeguard researcher well-being—we have outlined the minimum health and safety measures they should enact for individual researchers.
IT leaders are now grappling with how to effectively implement contact tracing technology and protocols on their campuses and ensure that data is being protected and ethically utilized. Although these new capabilities are still taking shape, we can glean some early lessons about the challenges and opportunities that contact tracing technology presents by reviewing how international and local governments have approached these tools.
EAB sits down with the University of Exeter's Chief Information and Digital Officer to discuss digital transformation
The coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated that digital transformation (DX) is no longer a luxury, but a foundational investment for the higher education sector. To further unpack this new reality, EAB’s Nalika Vasudevan recently sat down (virtually) with Alan Hill, Chief Information and Digital Officer at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. Alan shares his insights on balancing immediate IT needs in response to the pandemic with longer-term digital priorities and offers up advice for those universities just getting started with DX.
Although most institutions acknowledge a need for testing in their reopening plans, few have provided concrete details about whom, how, and how often they plan to test. As leaders develop a plan for unprecedented COVID-19 testing in their communities, they must answer five key questions.
With the fall semester quickly approaching, many institutions are weighing how to facilitate safe, modified in-person campus operations. Residence halls—a cornerstone of socialization for most students—pose some of the greatest challenges for resuming campus life. If your leadership team is considering bringing residential students back to campus, here are four considerations to think about now.
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.
The impact of COVID-19 on Facilities work and staff: results of EAB’s survey of senior facilities officers
To better understand the decisions made by Facilities leaders, EAB deployed a survey across mid-April to measure the impact of COVID-19 on operations.
Research leaders recognize that whenever activity can ramp back up, it won’t be as simple as flipping a switch—instead, it will need to occur in phases and take into consideration capacity limitations. EAB recently surveyed 47 research leaders about how they’re deciding when to begin ramping research back up—and which researchers they plan on bringing back to campus first.
EAB is now launching Emergency Response Tabletop Exercises specifically designed for colleges and universities. Created for cabinet leadership, these exercises help leaders anticipate potential crises, accelerate decision-making, and identify critical vulnerabilities in their existing policies. They also provide the space and materials for charting a course of action if and when a crisis occurs.
EAB’s Katie Langford sat down with Kathy Jones, Associate Vice President for Facilities, Engineering and Planning at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Kathy shared insights around Rice’s shift in campus operations, like what it means to enter a “full lock-down,” how to stagger essential staff schedules, and the importance of documentation for potential reimbursement.
Between March 20 and April 2, the Facilities Forum hosted five virtual roundtables for Facilities executives. The goal of these roundtables was to convene groups of leaders to discuss their responses and pending decisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Experts may disagree on when the danger from COVID-19 will be past, but one thing is certain; colleges and universities face the momentous task of figuring out how to remain viable and, hopefully, emerge stronger on the other side.
Institutions are increasingly focused on growing international engagement. In this webinar, EAB experts unpack how the changing global landscape is impacting four areas of university operations.
EAB recently convened small virtual gatherings of chief business officers to help them crowdsource solutions to common COVID-19 challenges. Below, I’ve summarized the five biggest concerns CBOs raised in these discussion.
EAB has identified three ways that institutions can redeploy staff whose workloads have declined during coronavirus.
In this short video, EAB’s Chief Information Security Officer, Brian Markham, discusses the top three activities that information security teams can undertake to identify and patch security vulnerabilities.
EAB’s Chief Information Security Officer shares his perspective on the top 3 considerations IT leaders should keep in mind as their students, faculty, and staff go remote.
How the federal government is responding to research needs during COVID-19—and what institutions can do to help themselves
If you’ve struggled to keep up with what’s happening in Washington, you’re not alone. It didn’t seem possible for the pace of information coming from Congress, the White House, and the agencies to increase, but that’s exactly what has happened. This brief provides a snapshot of what’s going on and—perhaps more importantly—what you and your team can do now regardless of what happens in D.C.
The IT Forum has hosted a series of webinars dedicated to COVID-19 with Chief Information Officers from across the country. Our insight outlines the major takeaways and lessons-learned for the IT organization as they move from a position of fire-fighting to strategic preparation and enablement.
As higher education institutions across the world are adapting to serving students remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, new challenges seem to arise each day, if not by the hour. Of those challenges, one foundational need stands out -student access to technology and the internet.
Faculty and staff must personally cope with COVID-19 while also serving as first responders to students in distress. Read our insight to learn how to help faculty and staff maintain their own mental health and wellness during the coronavirus crisis.
Making it through this crisis intact will require colleges and universities to grow their organizational resiliency. Read the four activities we recommend for quickly growing organizational resiliency.
Here are four lessons from two-year institutions on how you can continue to advance the community college mission even when your doors aren’t open.
As the coronavirus crisis deepens its impact on higher education, leaders must tackle unprecedented questions daily. Read the insight for five of the most pressing questions facing senior research officers and their teams.
As community colleges respond to the COVID-19 crisis, campus leaders have been working around the clock to ensure that the community college mission is being served, even in a time of great uncertainty. Discover four our ways community college pantries can serve food-insecure students during the COVID-19 crisis.
Here are 5 key questions chief academic officers should address as this stressful academic term nears its conclusion.
Read the article for five key questions to guide planning and decisions in the immediate, near-term, and long-range.
As the coronavirus spreads across globe, higher education leaders face unprecedented challenges in responding. Read our blog post for five of the short-term and longer-term questions higher education IT leaders must consider during the coronavirus crisis.
Food insecure students are particularly vulnerable right now as institutions reduce dining hours and options, cancel group events, and in some cases close campus housing.
As the coronavirus crisis deepens its impact in higher education, Facilities leaders in particular must consider the immediate and long-term impact to the built environment. Here are five questions facing senior Facilities officers and their teams.
How higher ed institutions are responding to the financial pressures of COVID-19: results of EAB’s survey of finance officers
The COVID-19 crisis is still unfolding, but higher education leaders are already projecting significant financial losses and preparing for a range of challenging budget scenarios. EAB recently surveyed over 100 business and finance leaders from higher education institutions across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland to learn how they’re responding to new financial pressures.
The do’s and don’ts of managing remote employees: principles to keep in mind to successfully transition (and maintain) your team
To support successful remote employment both now and in the future, EAB has gathered essential do’s and don’ts in four key areas for managing remote workers.
Prior to the crisis, however, campus dining spaces were already undergoing significant changes based on the preferences and eating habits of students in the Generation Z cohort. The impact of COVID-19 will amplify these student desires long after campuses reopen for business. Here are three ways COVID-19 will change campus dining—and the Gen Z-focused investments already well-positioned to support these evolving student needs.
If the COVID-19 crisis ends with this semester, that will be enough, and IT can take its well-deserved curtain call. But we may well need a longer-term response. Institutions needn’t think just yet about what the post-pandemic “new normal” will be, but they do need to shore up current improvisations for potentially extended use.
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.
As a result of a fast transition to virtual learning due to COVID-19, IT leaders should rally campus stakeholders to assess and improve cybersecurity.
EAB has identified six ways campus leaders can support your administrative staff during COVID-19.
EAB talked to CIOs at higher education institutions as they began remote learning and identified 3 tactics to prevent Zoombombing.
The IT Forum is working to source ideas and resources to help support campus and IT staff as the novel coronavirus has shaped a “new normal” for colleges and universities.
Learn three tips for effective virtual academic advising.
This article focuses on strategies for engaging vendor relationships during any crisis neutral, but is particularly appropriate for IT leaders navigating new vendor arrangements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As research leaders begin planning to ramp back up on-campus research activity, they must consider how to safely resume operations. A critical component will be meticulously scheduling and tracking lab occupants and users.
As COVID-19 cases—along with subsequent campus closure and quarantines—continue to rise, it’s increasingly difficult to know what to focus on, and how to allocate valuable time. Community college leaders should ask themselves these five questions while navigating COVID-19.
Furloughing staff during COVID-19: how leaders are supporting employees through difficult budget decisions
Facing new financial pressures from COVID-19, a growing number of institutions are contemplating furloughs as a way to avoid layoffs, retain staff, and generate short-term salary savings. Some are indefinitely furloughing staff whose jobs cannot be performed remotely. Others are asking all staff to take a pre-defined number of furlough days.
Even though campuses are empty and students away, colleges and universities have found new ways to demonstrate their role as a key contributor to the health of their communities during the COVID-19 crisis. Below, EAB has rounded up some of our favorite examples of higher education institutions doing good during this challenging time, illustrating the diversity of ways campuses are giving back to strengthen community ties and drive innovation.