Resources for Higher Education Leaders Navigating COVID-19 Response
The global impact of COVID-19 has confronted college, university and academic medical center leaders with sudden and complex challenges. But this new frontier also presents opportunities for these leaders to engage in innovative ways to provide quality education and research. Most institutions — particularly those that will strategically emerge stronger and more resilient — will simultaneously engage in efforts to respond promptly, manage effectively during change and demonstrate new ways to strengthen academic quality and services aligned to support and advance the core mission.
Today’s context requires the immediate and sustained attention of senior leadership on the future and compels higher education to undergo three phases:
- Triage: Leaders react promptly, thoughtfully and with clear communications to a rapidly changing landscape to ensure the safety of their students, faculty and staff — and the integrity of critical mission-focused activities (education, research and clinical).
- Stabilization: Leaders assess the financial and cultural realities of COVID-19 and shift resources to prepare their institutions for the coming fall term with an emphasis on financial stability, academic quality, student support services and overall risk reduction.
- Transformation: Leaders use a more informed lens as to how the environment has unfolded to develop and implement their vision for mission-driven institutional change to ensure the long-term success, and in some cases survival, of their institutions.
Huron is working with hundreds of colleges and universities across the nation and is continuing to assemble resources to help address your most important needs across all stages of your institution’s response to COVID-19. We encourage you to contact us at any stage during your process.
The following includes representative topics, perspectives and information. Bookmark this page and check back often to access our latest thinking and resources as this situation evolves.
Experts succinctly present guidance for a three-phase response to COVID-19 in higher education. Read more.
Learn how higher education leaders can respond appropriately to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Read the whitepaper.
Clarification of Institutional Financial Picture
Strategic Planning as a Response Framework
Enrollment Management, Retention and Student Experience
Academic Program Impacts and Opportunities
Research Enterprise Impacts and Opportunities