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Why We Need to Act Now to Build Resilient Higher Education Institutions

We need to act to build resilient higher education institutions that help everyone—students, faculty, and institutions—to succeed now and in the future.

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The challenges facing higher education can seem daunting. Looking at the past year only, faculty and administrators have had to adapt course delivery methods almost overnight to provide continuity of learning, and colleges and universities have grappled with a range of challenges from decreased enrollment and funding to student stress and disengagement. Undergraduate enrollment alone declined across the board in 2020 and 2021, with community colleges being impacted significantly and seeing a more than 11% reduction in just the spring of 2021.

Although the pandemic has exposed and exacerbated vulnerabilities, it’s also afforded us opportunities to look forward and understand how we can build institutions that are better able to withstand disruptions and thrive in the future. Shaping long-term, sustainable institutional resilience must go beyond short-term reactionary solutions. Instead, it’s about creating future-oriented programs backed by robust strategies, flexible tools, and scalable technologies.

We need to act to build resilient higher education institutions that enable everyone—students, faculty, and institutions themselves—to be successful, now and into the future.

In this white paper, we’ll explore:

  • Why resilience is important
  • How we define resilience
  • What components make up a resilient institution

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