Perspectives

Planning and executing reopening of colleges and universities

Considerations for higher education leaders during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted significant disruption to the global higher education ecosystem, unleashing significant uncertainty regarding its near- and longer-term future. A network of institutions that serves roughly 200 million students and employs well over 50 million people in what has historically been primarily an on-site campus environment has abruptly been transformed into an enterprise requiring remote learning and remote work.

Hear the virtual session on risk, resiliency, and liability in higher education both pre- and post- COVID-19 and how to plan for reopening.

Considerations for higher education leaders planning and executing their reopening strategy

Determining if, when, and how to reopen colleges and universities requires balancing competing priorities and risks associated with curricular needs, personal health and safety concerns, economic realities, institutional mission, and community “town-and-gown” relations.

“Planning and executing your reopening: Considerations for higher education leaders” is not intended to be entirely prescriptive. Rather, it represents our best thinking regarding the myriad considerations that institutional leaders and stakeholders should take into account when developing a playbook for bringing students, faculty, and administrators back to campus, as well as strategies to consider should closing down again become necessary. Colleges and universities are not unlike large cities, and the complexities involved in continuing academic operations during a pandemic are no less formidable.

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