Colleges and universities continue to face many uncertainties as they plan for the 2020-21 academic year. While we hoped for a quicker end to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact and level of uncertainty will remain for the foreseeable future, and the need to deal with its impacts — including social distancing and profound economic effects — will be major priorities until a vaccine or effective treatments are available.

 

Fall 2020 Models

As the fall semester approaches, most institutions have communicated plans to start the semester using a version of one of the following models:

  • Model One: Campuses remain closed and coursework stays online.
  • Model Two: Campuses reopen, but with certain social distancing measures still in place that will affect operations and events and the looming possibility of return to full-scale remote learning if the pandemic intensifies again. Some institutions have adjusted the academic calendar (e.g., early start, cancellation of fall breaks, etc.) or will offer blended instructional delivery.

This guide outlines and analyzes possible impacts, potential solutions, and opportunities presented by the models across five key elements:

  • Academic product mix and modality
  • Student support
  • Enrollment and revenue
  • Operations
  • External partnerships

For more information, please reach out to Charles Kim through email or by phone at 224.724.3115.

Meet the Authors
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Charles Kim

Charles Kim

Managing Director
Charles Kim directs Kaufman Hall’s Higher Education Management Consulting practice, and is involved in development of Kaufman Hall Axiom Software solutions for Higher Education.
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Larenda Mielke

Larenda Mielke

Vice President
Larenda Mielke is a Vice President in the Higher Education division of Kaufman Hall’s Strategic and Financial Planning practice. She has extensive leadership experience in higher education in the areas of strategy, curriculum and program development, and more.
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David Woodward

David Woodward

Vice President
David Woodward is a leader in Kaufman Hall’s Higher Education division, and his areas of expertise include university financial planning, budget processes and reporting, and financial system design.
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Julia Wysocki

Julia Wysocki

Vice President
Julia Wysocki has 15 years of experience and is focused exclusively on serving higher education clients. Her expertise includes cross-functional leadership, budget management, change management, operational model design, student lifecycle management, and the development of actionable, timely strategic plans.
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