THE IMPACT AND THE OPPORTUNITIES OF COVID-19 HIGHER EDUCATION
INFORMATION FOR PRESIDENTS, VICE-CHANCELLORS, PROVOSTS, ACADEMIC
DEANS, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICERS, CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICERS, DIRECTORS
OF HEALTH AND DISASTER PREPAREDNESS, ENROLLMENT MANAGERS,
INTERNATIONAL DEANS, REGISTRARS, FINANCIAL AID OFFICERS, CAREER
COUNSELORS, LIFELONG LEARNING COUNSELORS, ALTERNATIVE EDUCATIONAL
PROVIDERS, EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANTS, AND AGENTS
BULLETIN # 30 OCTOBER 26-30, 2020
My mindset is changing to thinking that this is a 24-months-plus crisis to navigate.
Sean M. Decatur, president, Kenyon College
In the recommended book, COVID-19 and the World, Tom Inglesby, director of
the Center for Health Security of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public
Health, offers readers suggestions for minimizing, in the future, the impact of
future viral outbreaks, and makes the case for the need for international
partnerships to be the drivers of finding solutions to global health problems.
Because chief executives in the Reimagined University believe there may very
well be unforeseen disasters in the future, an Office of Health and Disaster
Preparedness was created to put into place long-term strategies, policies and
governance procedures that have been written, approved, and disseminated to all
faculty, students, and administrators about what to do if and when another
disaster strikes. Staff in this office have been charged with creating a system
capable of anticipating and responding to future disasters.
Lainie Rutkow, professor of health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins
Bloomberg School of Public Health, put it best. Professor Rutkow wrote:
Now is the time to ensure that all stages of the disaster cycle are accounted for, in
terms of planning, resources, and infrastructure.
Because we don’t know when another crisis will hit, the Office of Health and
Disaster Preparedness is essential to the future success of the Reimagined
University. And the director of this office has a seat on the President/Vice-chancellor’s
Ray Dalio, the founder of the $138 billion dollar Bridgewater Associates, a hedge
fund, believes that China’s rise is ushering in a changing world order with Beijing
as the center.
In the Reimagined University, the dean of international programs has created a
strategic international outreach program that reflects the changes in the
international world order and has created strategic international partnerships and
recruitment strategies that reflect that reality.
United States – Updates and Enrollment Statistics
Fitch Ratings predicts a 2.5% revenue decline at private schools for 2020 and a 3%
decline for public schools for the 2021 fiscal year.
Moody’s Investors Service, a bond-rating agency, forecasts for the first time in
their 12-year history, that both public and private colleges and universities will
lose net tuition in the 2020-2021 academic year. Net tuition, a more significant
metric than enrollment, is estimated to decline 3.3% at private colleges and
universities and 0.9% at public schools.
The Chronicle of Higher Education surveyed enrollment managers and registrars
and reported that 40% of the schools that conducted classes fully or partially
online experienced an enrollment decline of more than 10%. The decrease for
schools that offered in-person classes was 13%.
International student decline was 3% in 2016, 7% in 2017, and 1% in 2018.
The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reports a 13.7% drop in
undergraduate international students for 2019.
The number of international student visas decreased by 42%; 400,000 were
issued last year. In 2015, the number was 700,000.
In the Reimagined University, the Dean of International Programs has put in place
an international strategic plan to offset the decline in the number of international
Origin of the word quarantine comes from the Italian and was used to describe
the forty-day practice of keeping ships from docking in 14 th -century Venice if the
ships docked in locations known to have plague.
According to data published by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public
Health, on October 29 th . there were 44,906,565 confirmed cases of the virus
worldwide. On October 29 th . new cases of the virus in the United States on this
day were more than 91,000, and worldwide there are 1,179,267 reported deaths.
Behind all these numbers are people and families and countries and colleges and
universities. We are all connected.