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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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