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Strategic Resources

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.

Sunday, December 20 2020

Hybrid learning has been an essential part of many institutions' COVID response, but it's not the full story. Here's 5 articles exploring key considerations for higher education through the pandemic and beyond. Sponsored by Microsoft, the articles include, Envisioning the Future of Higher Ed in a Post-Pandemic WorldTop IT Issues for an Uncertain Future; and 15 Trends Shaping the Future of Higher Education. Access

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Tuesday, December 15 2020

"A disturbing number of prospective students (one in six respondents) appear to be near the point of giving up on the idea of attending a four-year college or university as a full-time student in the fall,” notes a student poll published by Art & Science Group. Further, “an additional two-thirds of graduating seniors are currently concerned that they may have to change their first-choice school due to COVID-19.” During the coronavirus pandemic and its fallout, what can enrollment managers do to maximize recruitment and retention at institutions of higher education?  Access.

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Friday, December 04 2020

This report includes a series of interactive charts that explore recent US higher education data and trends. The aim is to understand how these trends may shape leaders’ decision-making and to raise questions for further investigation. We have used publicly available data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), and Higher Education Demand Index (HEDI). Unless noted, we have looked at all active four-year and two-year institutions. Access.

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Sunday, November 15 2020

Many university boards have not revised their governance models in decades and struggle to deliver on their mission. To update their current operating model, boards can focus on three best practices. Access.

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Wednesday, October 28 2020

The law firm of Stevens & Lee and the APCU strategic partner Academic Innovators have developed a series of complimentary on-demand webinars for APCU presidents that address strategic alternatives for institutions of higher education. You are invited to access the three webinars released to date by clicking on the 'Access' link below. When prompted, use the password 'APCU2020' to access the content. Future webinars will be made available upon their release. Access.

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Tuesday, October 27 2020

Higher education in the United States is at an inflection point. In short, the coronavirus has confirmed the case for fast and fundamental change. It has also demonstrated that change is possible. With that in mind, we pose five questions for US higher-education leaders to address as they look to the future. For each question, we describe the current conventional wisdom and then make the case for challenging it—to the benefit of students, faculty, staff, institutions, and society. Access

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tuesday, August 18 2020

The Chronicle of Higher Education has been tracking the reopening plans of colleges and universities for several months. The information is being updated regularly and provides thumbnail information about each school's current plan as well as a link to detail reopening information on each school's website. (Note that you must have a Chronicle account to access this information.)  Access.

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Sunday, July 26 2020

Born out of the COVID-19 global pandemic, The College Crisis Initiative (C2i) is an initiative of Davidson College to learn how colleges and universities innovate in a crisis mindset. Seeking to enhance understanding of institutions' responses to the COVID-19 global crisis and to help plan for other potential crises, C2i presents this dashboard as a data resource for the higher education sector's leaders and researchers.  Access

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Thursday, July 23 2020

One of our longest-tenured APCU presidents, Roger Parrott at Belhaven University, recently led a series of online discussions about the future of higher education. Roger has experienced a great deal of success as Belhaven’s president and shares some meaningful insights and practical ideas to help carry your institution through the current pandemic and beyond. 

  • Enrollment Messages that Will Make-or-Break Your Fall Semester  Access
  • Walking the Tightrope of Leadership Without a Net  Access
  • Future-Proofing Your Institution  Access
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Tuesday, July 21 2020

This July 30 webinar, hosted by former APCU-member president and current NAICU president, Barbara Mistick, will offer an update on the Centers for Disease Control’s guidelines and recommendations for re-opening campuses, and identify the tools and resources available to help colleges and universities prepare for the fall semester. The webinar will feature the director of the CDC, Robert Redfield, along with Howard University president, Wayne Frederick, and St. Mary's University president Thomas Mengler. Access

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Monday, June 29 2020

This is a very well-organized set of guidelines that address multiple condition levels on the UPike campus related to the presence of the COVID-19 virus. The information is applied to a range of operational areas and includes appropriate responses that would be implemented in the event of any escalation. Access.

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Friday, June 12 2020

This white paper addresses operational procedures related to on-campus student housing facilities. In developing plans to prepare student housing for student move-in and beyond, Cushman & Wakefield believe that all colleges and universities should give thoughtful consideration to the areas identified in this whitepaper. Access.

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Thursday, June 11 2020

This is the recorded version of a webinar that took place on June 10, 2020. The presenter is an attorney who has worked with EIIA for a number of years on Title IX related issues and she covers a number of items related to the updated regulations, including responsible officials, training requirements, notifications, and emergency measures. Access.

A follow-up webinar that is scheduled for June 25 will address changes to the grievance procedures. You can learn more about this webinar and register to participate through this link.

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Thursday, June 04 2020

This article was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and discusses the results of a 2007 pandemic preparedness study by the University of Michigan's Center for the History of Medicine. In particular, the study focused on the impact of social distancing and quarantine during the 1918 influenza pandemic on death rates in U.S. cities and how what we can learn from that to assist our current planning efforts. Access.

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Wednesday, May 27 2020

This whitepaper examines the emerging “workplace” as an ecosystem, rather than a building, that provides flexible and on-demand places to support convenience, functionality, and wellbeing. Access.

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Sunday, May 24 2020

This article details five specific actions universities could take in the next few months to help improve student learning, engagement, and experience while operating remotely. Whether students are able to return to campus for the fall term or remain remote for longer, these moves may inspire institutions to pilot new initiatives, learn what works, iterate, and position themselves to create capabilities that will enhance instruction permanently. Access

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Friday, May 22 2020

This report examines increased giving that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic and discusses how foundations can maintain a responsive, engaged and nimble approach to giving. While the focus is on institutional philanthropy, there are best practices identified that should be of value with regard to how colleges and universities utilize endowment funds.   Access

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Thursday, May 21 2020

This document includes talking points related to the CARES Act that can help you in conversations with your Congressional leaders. The items include deeper insights into various components of the Act that fall short with regard to their value for colleges/universities as well as statements of support for expanding the scope of other funding channels to include the higher ed sector. Access.

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Wednesday, May 20 2020

This new report from McKinsey & Company summarizes the results of a recent survey of high school seniors regarding their plans for the fall and how those plans have been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. The results are similar to other recent surveys but the observations and conclusions provide additional benefits to support both short and longer term financial scenario planning. Access

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Wednesday, May 20 2020

This is a collection of articles/essays from the Chronicle Review that are either directly or tangenially related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics include student strikes, adjunct unions, the academic labor market, and the personal devastation wrought by a system increasingly perceived as deeply unjust. Access

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Friday, May 15 2020

This is great article on how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact how organizations tdo business, and how they can initiate "radical, positive change" to improve their performance and enhance their desired outcomes. Access 

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Thursday, May 14 2020

NAICU has created a summary of the major funding components and key provisions of the HEROES Act. The bill provides more flexibility for the use of funds for private, nonprofit colleges than the division between “student” and “institutional” funds in the CARES Act. Access 

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Wednesday, May 13 2020

This is a comprehensive webinar from the corporate consulting firm Kaufman Hall that addresses how strategic and financial plans will need to change at colleges and universitities to account for fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Access

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Sunday, May 10 2020

This page on the NAICU website includes links to a number of resources, including summary information about the CARES Act, guidance from the Department of Education and relevent news items pertaining to private colleges and universities. Access

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Thursday, May 07 2020

This sequel to the American College Health Association’s Guidelines: Preparing for COVID-19 addresses administrative, medical, mental health, health promotion/well-being, and campus-wide considerations in reopening college/university campuses as the COVID-19 pandemic abates. Access

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Wednesday, May 06 2020

This page from the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges includes resources that target trustees and senior administrators, including webinars that address risk-management and endowments. Access

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Thursday, April 30 2020

This is a comprehensive white paper from Cushman and Wakefield that contains relevant information for any organization with a complex physical plant, particularly those organizations that need to accommodate large numbers of customers in addition to employees. Access

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Wednesday, April 29 2020

This is a great market sector analysis from McKinsey & Company that can be shared with trustees to emphasize the broader, longer-term implications of the Covid-19 on higher education and its connectivity to other sectors of the economy. Access

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Thursday, April 23 2020

This is a slide deck from a NACUBO-sponsored webinar featuring Paul Friga, founder of ABC Insights, and several public university presidents. The focus is on increasing ROI in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and the content is generally applicable to both private and public institutions. Access

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Sunday, April 19 2020

This is an impact and response overview prepared by a New York Marketing Firm called {swellSHARK}. While the paper targets marketing professionals across a number of industries, the information addresses a wide range of implications and potential responses that could have great value to colleges and universities. Access

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