Facilities divisions are constantly fielding questions from stakeholders about specific cleaning methods or safety measures in certain buildings. To address these questions, many units have built online FAQs. The goal is for these pages to serve as a first stop for stakeholder inquiries.
At many institutions, living on campus is a crucial dimension of the student experience, as well as a key source of auxiliary revenue. But current public health evidence indicates that communal living could strongly facilitate virus transmission, and many campuses lack the ability to give each student the safest option of a private room and bathroom. Ultimately, all universities are facing the same question: what is the housing solution that provides students with an on-campus experience that’s as fulfilling as possible, while also protecting the community from outbreaks?
EAB researchers have convened school leaders and have reviewed dozens of return to learn plans to hone in on the key factors K-12 leaders must address in preparing for next school year.
As critical as it is to prioritize an isolation and quarantine strategy as part of your repopulation strategy, it is just as important to determine what approach works best for the needs of your campus community. Inherent in every decision is a balance between cost and risk to public health. EAB has spent the past few months speaking to higher education leaders about their IQ strategies and have catalogued the spectrum of approaches into the following tiers.
The decision to pull-back from repopulation will be one of the most complicated any leadership team will make. Not only are the public health and financial consequences immense, but there are dozens of variables that could inform this decision. Some of these may contradict one another, and others—like faculty and student opinion—are not easily quantified.
Why campus de-densification is a complicated set of decisions at the core of university re-opening plans
University leaders continue to grapple with difficult questions around bringing their students, faculty, and staff back to campus safely. Read our latest insight for more information on the complicated set of decisions at the core of re-opening plans.
EAB’s Kaitlyn Maloney and Ann Forman Lippens discuss how university leaders are handling facilities planning efforts in preparation for a return to campus this fall.
Why campus de-densification is a complicated set of decisions at the core of college re-opening plans
College and university leaders continue to grapple with difficult questions around bringing their students, faculty, and staff back to campus safely. Read our latest insight for more information on the complicated set of decisions at the core of re-opening plans.
In early June, EAB surveyed about 70 institutions on their plans to promote and enforce physical distancing on campus. Here are the three trends we uncovered.
Given the complexity of de-densifying campus, complying with health regulations, and reducing the risk of infections, SFOs continue to play a critical role in the university’s response. However, Facilities leaders are struggling to communicate key messages about repopulating campus to other leaders. To support repopulation conversations, this article captures five messages every Facilities leader needs the rest of campus to understand.