COVID-19: Insights for Higher Ed Leaders
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Gain insights to guide strategic planning surrounding COVID-19 operations in Higher Ed.

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About this Course


Through interviews with leaders across various universities and colleges, we discuss the strategies, lessons learned, and insights regarding operations in response to COVID-19. Learn about reopening strategies for Fall 2020 and how these institutions are planning to provide a healthy, safe, and productive environment on their campuses in 2021. Some specific interview topics include general institutional operations, health and safety operations, restarting and continuing institutional research and lab operations as well as student financial and academic services, course delivery methods, institutional support of local communities, campus community empowerment, and mental health services.

Thank you to our distinguished interviewees who contributed to this course: Dr. Colin Duckett, Vice Dean of Basic Science, Professor and Interim Chair of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at the Duke University School of Medicine; Dr. Amy Goodburn, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor, Dean of Undergraduate Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Dr. Lori McDonald, Vice President of Student Affairs at the University of Utah; Dr. Rolando Montoya, Interim President of Miami Dade College; and Dr. Alan Rudolph, Vice President for Research at Colorado State University.

This course is available at no cost to independent learners by affiliating with “COVID-19 Free Training (IL)” during the registration process. Click here for instructions. Organizations (including those not subscribed to CITI Program) can add this course at no cost, along with our COVID-19: Back to Campus course, Remote Contact Tracing course, and our Participating in Vaccine Research webinar. Add now.

Language Availability: English

Suggested Audiences: Institutional Leadership, Student Affairs Professionals, Higher Education Administrators, Undergraduate and Graduate Students, Faculty, Researchers

Organizational Subscription Price: Free - Add for your organization
Independent Learner Price: Free - Click for instructions


Course Content


Insights and Advice for 2021 New Content

Panelists: Dr. Colin Duckett, Vice Dean of Basic Science - Professor and Interim Chair of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at the Duke University School of Medicine; Dr. Lori McDonald - Vice President of Student Affairs at the University of Utah; Dr. Rolando Montoya - Interim President of Miami Dade College

Topics discussed in this panel include: 

  • General health and safety operations
  • Student financial and academic support services
  • Examples of institutions helping and partnering with their local community
  • Research and lab operations
  • Supporting a campus community’s mental health
  • Planning for 2021

Recommended Use: Elective
ID (Language): 20322 (English)

Campus Health and Safety Operations New Content

Interviewee: Dr. Amy Goodburn - Senior Associate Vice Chancellor, Dean of Undergraduate Education, the University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Topics discussed in this interview include: 

  • The Fall 2020 reopening strategy for UNL
  • Methods for setting up and administering onsite COVID-19 testing
  • Methods for contact tracing in the university setting
  • Creating “buy-in” from the campus community to follow COVID-19 standards and requirements
  • Strategically planning ahead for health and safety operations in 2021
  • Additional health and safety risk mitigation strategies regarding COVID-19 on college campuses

Recommended Use: Elective
ID (Language): 20323 (English)

Restarting and Continuing Research and Lab Operations New Content

Interviewee: Dr. Alan RudolphVice President for Research, Colorado State University

Topics discussed in this interview include:

  • Strategies for continuing research and lab operations during COVID-19
  • Methods for restarting field research operations
  • Safety measures for research and lab operations during COVID-19
  • Testing strategies, specifically using waste water surveillance
  • COVID-19 research coming from Colorado State University

Recommended Use: Elective
ID (Language): 20324 (English)