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EAB’s Mark Shreve joins Dr. Ann McElaney-Johnson, president of Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, to talk about the value of small colleges and how a recent crisis helped prepare her team to handle the impacts of the pandemic.
To create a seamless reopening process and avoid future confusion, it is crucial that CROs develop plans that can easily scale up to serve a broader university-wide plans.
Now that we’ve entered commencement season, college and university leaders are shifting their gaze from the emergency responses needed for spring terms toward big questions about the fall.
Explore 3 questions guiding fall semester 2020 scenario planning, and emerging trends in how colleges and universities are responding to the uncertainty.
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.
The Higher Education Strategy Forum hosted five virtual working sessions for presidential chiefs of staff and other strategic deputies representing 45 institutions across the United States and Canada. These working sessions gave us unique insight into what’s on the minds of presidents, cabinets, and boards as the COVID-19 crisis has unfolded.
EAB’s Kaitlyn Maloney and Michael Fischer discuss how colleges and universities have handled crisis communications during the pandemic.
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.
The University Research Forum just completed a series of virtual roundtables focused on the research impact of COVID-19. From these conversations with our partners, we gained a sense of the “top-of-mind” issues for Vice Presidents of Research (VPRs) as they navigate the complexities of research amidst the coronavirus disruption.
We surveyed 90 institutional research and effectiveness leaders to learn about the coronavirus's impact on their campus.
With an overwhelming amount of decisions to be made in the upcoming months, setting the agenda for your next board meeting has never been more difficult. Here are three critical topics to discuss with your board.
Learn how college administrators can use this crisis to strengthen leadership skills—and how schools can build greater organizational resiliency to better prepare for, respond, and adapt to future disruptions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In part one of this two-part discussion, EAB experts share four reasons why the coronavirus pandemic is a different type of crisis than any faced by higher ed before—and discuss effective leadership in an extended crisis.
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, 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.
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.
Read the advice from two public health experts while crafting your coronavirus response.
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.
Institutional leaders have made rapid decisions to ensure the safety and well-being of students, faculty, and staff. As most students are off campus, campus leaders must determine how to clear out and use residence halls and other spaces on campus.
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.
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.
EAB talked to CIOs at higher education institutions as they began remote learning and identified 3 tactics to prevent Zoombombing.
EAB has identified six ways campus leaders can support your administrative staff during COVID-19.
Across the last two weeks hundreds of colleges and universities have shifted to remote instruction and cancelled most or all on-campus activities in order to slow the spread of coronavirus. Read our insight for the top five questions that we believe every president should be asking right now.
College and university leaders have made many tough decisions across the past few weeks—shifting classes online, recalling students from study abroad, and canceling major events like commencement. As the dust settles and students adjust to the new norm of remote instruction, they are now raising another contentious question—will I get my money back?
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.
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.
Technological solutions for improving access to mental health support during the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond
As the outbreak of COVID-19 has led to an increasing number of school closures, higher ed leaders must determine how to adjust their counseling services to best support the safety and wellbeing of their school community. Read this insight for two trends from institutions implementing technology-enabled mental health support.
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.
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 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.
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.
Education leaders today are consumed by planning immediate responses to the COVID-19 outbreak. But they also need to plan for the long-term impact of the crisis.
The week of March 9 to 13 saw significant changes to higher education’s response to COVID-19 continue spread across the United States. Many institutions are scrambling to prepare for the tough reality: the remainder of the semester will bring unprecedented challenges.
Given the existing climate, it is important to have a plan for conducting remote meetings, conferences, and business. Based on our own internal conversations, we have compiled some best practices and available tools to consider for the near- and long-term.
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.
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.
Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or “CARES Act,” a relief bill to support businesses and individuals affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Join a panel of EAB experts as we unpack the CARES Act’s impact on higher education.
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.
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.
Read the advice from two public health experts while crafting your coronavirus response.
Across the month of April, EAB convened virtual working group sessions for community college leaders to identify concerns, and emerging strategies to respond to the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the hiring process, independent schools have long relied on campus visits to impress prospective faculty with the many benefits associated with working at their school. Find out how to continue to impress while away from campus.