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.
Wednesday, September 30 2020
Numerous studies and surveys indicate that the mental health of students has significantly worsened in the last few months. As a recent story by Sarah Brown in the Chronicle of Higher Education underscores, these mental health concerns are likely to be higher for students of color, whose populations are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and the country’s racial tensions and distress. It’s essential that colleges and universities prepare to support the mental health of students of color, whether students return to campus or continue remote learning. Access.
Thursday, September 24 2020
The CDC has dedicated a section of its website to the work of colleges and universities. This section contains a series of articles and white papers that address issues specifically related to the higher education sector and the re-opening of colleges and universities. This content includes guidance on cleaning and disinfecting, student travel, worker safety and support, and updated considerations for college administrators. Access.
Tuesday, September 15 2020
This set of solutions from Cushman & Wakefield addresses operational complexity related to health, safety and government-mandated operational changes that have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. The interactive map you can link to details considerations for no-to-high-cost solutions that can be implemented in the areas of Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing (MEP); Cleaning and Operations to help promote safe, compliant property operations and business environments. Access.
Sunday, August 30 2020
Moody's most recent report on higher education indicates that many universities will hasten their efforts to bolster online learning and expand certain nondegree/certificate programs with the coronavirus accelerating a transformation in higher education business models. Some universities previously resistant to change will have to take more expansive steps to adapt to the transformation. While highly disruptive over the next one to two years, with varied credit effects on individual universities, the initiatives will ultimately be credit positive for the sector as a whole, driving innovation and growth. Access.
Friday, August 28 2020
Broad implementation of a range of COVID-19-monitoring methods, with a goal of creating an overarching monitoring infrastructure,2 is likely critical, given both the contagious nature of COVID-19 and the high rate of asymptomatic presence of the disease. A COVID-19-monitoring infrastructure could increase the ability to anticipate potential outbreaks and uncontrolled spread in time to prevent them. There are several approaches to COVID-19 monitoring that can be used in conjunction with one another. Access.
- TimelyMD: Supporting the Mental Health of Students of Color
- CDC (updated): Health Considerations and Tools for Colleges & Universities
- Cushman & Wakefield: Cleaning & Operational Solutions that Promote Safe Property Operations
- Moody's: Higher Education Sector Comment
- Shifting focus to a comprehensive COVID-19-monitoring infrastructure