COVID-19 has brought about an unprecedented hit to the global economy. It has also brought about perhaps the greatest existential crisis to our higher education systems—the backbone of our ability to prepare for the future of work. The jobs people were forced to leave just a few weeks ago are likely to be quite different as everyone, consumers, employers, workers and systems alike adapt to a ‘new normal.’ The ability of people to adapt to the realities imposed by returning to life amid a pandemic will be the true test of the resiliency and adaptability of our state and national economies.
Calls for re-opening our systems of learning closed during the COVID-19 pandemic are increasing daily, and institutions are grappling with how to provide learning in the next school year. In this uncertainty, there is a clear need to redesign our systems of learning for resiliency. Download this policy brief to learn more about the hybrid learning model that institutions of higher education should consider implementing for next fall and how policymakers can support system redesign.