Higher Education Recovery Task Force

Overview

Higher Education Recovery Task Force

SREB’s newly created Higher Education Recovery Task Force brings together higher education leaders from our 16 member states to address the challenges facing colleges, universities and students during the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery.

Central issues the task force will focus on include:

  • Funding and costs: How states’ colleges and universities will find the resources to endure and provide quality teaching and support for each student.
  • Safety and health: How institutions will reopen and maintain safe campuses.
  • Distance learning, technology, innovation: How institutions can improve online teaching and make broadband and technology more available for staff and students.
  • Student support: How institutions will provide financial, academic and personal support for students dealing with the crisis.
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Tuition, Campus Health and Academics
May 14 meeting summaries from breakout sessions

The second meeting of the Higher Education Recovery Task Force focused on legal issues facing postsecondary institutions as they reopen their campuses to students, faculty, staff and others. The meeting featured a guest speaker, Jim Keller, a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and co-chair of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s higher education practice in Philadelphia.

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Health, Enrollment, Budgets and Risk
May 5 meeting summary

At the first formal meeting of the SREB Higher Education Recovery Task Force, the health and safety of students, faculty and staff emerged as the group’s highest priority. Finances are also a concern, in anticipation of enrollment drops and state budget cuts. Keeping students, parents and staff informed of changes to campus policies and practices is also a priority.

Next: The task force will hear from experts on legal risk and look for strategies for sanitizing campus common areas and offering effective distance learning in case of a resurgence of disease.

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Members
Higher Education Recovery Task Force

The SREB Higher Education Recovery Task Force convenes higher education leaders to address the challenges facing colleges, universities and students during the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery. The task force includes representatives from each of the 16 SREB states.

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Higher Education Recovery Task Force Launches

A new Higher Education Recovery Task Force will convene higher education leaders from the 16 Southern Regional Education Board states to address the challenges facing colleges, universities and students during the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery.

The task force will be chaired by Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Chancellor Glen D. Johnson and SREB President Stephen L. Pruitt. It will hold its first meeting by next week.