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.

Amid a global pandemic and recession, students face unprecedented challenges securing jobs and internships. According to a Handshake student survey conducted in March, 73% of college seniors are still searching for full-time jobs, and 23% of students with a secured internship had the offer rescinded. Here are three urgent action items for supporting your graduating students’ career needs right now:

Here you’ll find resources to support remote instruction across different types and sizes of courses, guidelines for maintaining equity and accessibility, and strategic frameworks to guide the next phases of online course development for summer and fall.

Nearly 12 million K-12 students live in households without reliable access to broadband and/or a 1:1 device. The problem has grown increasingly concerning now that schools are relying almost entirely on the internet to deliver remote instruction. Here are several temporary suggestions from school leaders who are finding ways to bridge technology gaps and deliver remote instruction.

The phrase we must “meet students where they are,” is one that’s often repeated in student affairs and it has taken on new urgency amidst the COVID-19 crisis. Given the stress and uncertainty in these unprecedented times, institutions are focusing on new ways to engage students around health and wellness online.

The predicted surge in students opting out of or postponing their freshman year has also led to broad concerns around yielding the fall 2020 class. Given these circumstances, keeping students engaged through virtual programming will be vital for institutions’ long-term success. Through six virtual working groups conducted over the month of April, EAB identified seven key strategies for remote student engagement to help guide your institution’s programming through the summer and early fall.

While these are certainly trying times, various circumstances can necessitate virtual services from today’s colleges and universities. Watch the on-demand webconference where EAB's Christina Hubbard, Senior Director of Strategic Research, will share a few recommendations that can help you, your students, and your staff to feel more connected even when they can’t interact in person.

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