The APCU has compiled a list of strategic and tactical resources that can help to inform your planning and decision-making related to the re-opening of your campus for the fall and beyond. This information will be updated as new information from multiple sources becomes available. Please check back on a regular basis for items that can support your work.
Monday, June 28 2021
Steptoe and Johnson just released this article addressing the question: Can our institution legally implement a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy for students and/or employees? Like all pandemic-related questions, the guidance for best practices as it relates to mandatory vaccines continues to evolve, though newly released guidance from the EEOC offers some clarity regarding employees. Still, with various bodies from both the state and federal levels weighing in on these questions, there are significant unresolved questions. Access.
Monday, June 28 2021
Higher education governing boards run the gamut in terms of higher education size and sector served. However, they all have one common denominator: one or more staff members who perform the myriad tasks necessary for said boards to function. The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) has conducted the AGB Survey of Board Professionals from 1991 to the present in order to better understand their changing roles over time. The COVID-19 pandemic spurred AGB to conduct a separate 2020 survey of board professionals about how the pandemic has affected their work and life. Access
Thursday, May 27 2021
The APCU's newest Strategic Partner, Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC, has just posted an alert about the availability of an extended Q&A from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”). The Q&A emphasizes that students with disabilities must continue to receive appropriate accommodations even within virtual settings. Further, even as the pandemic necessitates the continued use of novel teaching environments, the responsibility of institutions to investigate, resolve and ameliorate instances of harassment and discrimination is not diminished, through some alteration of process may be permitted. Access.
Tuesday, May 25 2021
As schools prepare for post-pandemic campus life, many students will return to campus in a state of depression or with feelings of stress or anxiety. However, over 60% of the higher education attendees from TimelyMD's webinar, Gen Ztressed: Student Mental Health in the New Now, said that they felt less than prepared to support student mental health on their campuses this fall. Read the recommendations a panel of higher education experts shared on how to support student health and well-being moving forward. Access
Friday, April 30 2021
This interesting article by Rick Gaumer, a former college and tech company CFO and one of the principals at Academic Innovators, focuses on how the lack of liquidity is preventing colleges and universities from re-engineering their business model and academic offerings and identifies several potential financing options that might be available to provide the funding required to support strategic plan execution. Access.
- Steptoe & Johnson: Cautionary Article on Mandating Vaccines
- AGB: 2020 Survey of Board Professionals
- Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC: OCR Releases Resource on School Re-openings and Student Rights
- TimelyMD: Post-pandemic campus life and student mental health needs in higher education
- Academic Innovators: Finding Liquidity for Updating Programs and Facilities for Tomorrow