EAB’s latest take on the coronavirus crisis and what it means for higher education

EAB’s latest take on the coronavirus crisis and what it means for higher education

EAB's Latest Take

As we look toward the next academic year, what are college presidents thinking about the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, economic crisis, and racial injustices facing their communities? In this interview with Harrisburg Area Community College's President John "Ski" Sygielski, you’ll hear answers to those questions and learn how partnership with EAB can extend staff resources by providing robust research, best-practices, and technology to improve student success outcomes.

Chances are, it took a mere matter of weeks for the COVID-19 pandemic to throw a major wrench in strategic plans. However, we can’t afford to wait another year before finalizing and implementing bold strategic moves. In fact, revisiting and revising institutional strategy now is perhaps the most important step in ensuring long-term sustainability for our institutions.

Join EAB researchers in the last meeting in the Responding to COVID-19: Harnessing APS Data and EAB Best Practices webinar series. During the event, we share how to launch annual reviews, provide program leaders with guidance to support improvement or growth, and strategically deploy resources to support program redesign.

Using early indicators and extrapolating from past economic and global health data, EAB has developed three scenarios for how to forecast the impact of COVID-19 on university enrollments, finance, and student success over the next 12-18 months.

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.

At a time when large scale, and potentially disruptive, changes are needed for higher education’s COVID-19 response and strategy, it’s especially critical that leaders are able to avoid these psychological pitfalls to make the right decisions. Here’s how you can identify and redirect three common crisis thinking patterns that can obstruct effective recovery and response.

In this short video, EAB’s Chief Information Security Officer, Brian Markham, shares early insights about online threats inspired by COVID-19 and tactics for campus community members to defend themselves.

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.

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.

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.

Higher education leaders have spent the last few weeks anticipating how Washington will help colleges and universities get through the COVID-19 crisis. Now, federal assistance is, at last, on the way, though several complex provisions await implementation, making their impact uncertain.

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.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the constantly evolving global situation, HE providers have been tasked with quickly responding to unprecedented challenges. In keeping abreast of the evolving global situation, EAB has convened dozens of virtual roundtables with university leaders to source ideas and collaborate on ways to meet these challenges.

The new reality of the ongoing coronavirus crisis is that leaders at all levels of your organization need to be engaged in communicating with your community. This article guides best practices as well as providing examples of what effective communication looks like.

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.

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