COVID-19 Response and Planning

Resources for your pandemic response and recovery

There’s an end in sight to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it doesn’t bring much clarity to the scope and depth of the challenges awaiting higher education. What will “return to normal” look like? How severe will the financial repercussions be? These resources on recovery planning can help your college or university in its current response efforts and as it plans for the future.

COVID-19 recovery planning: scenarios, contingencies, continuity

Recovery planning develops and executes initiatives in response to crises, emergencies, and disruptive events. It’s an integrated approach that helps institutions mitigate consequences in the short-term while also determining a long-term path forward.

Recovery planning brings together three planning disciplines: scenario, contingency, and continuity planning:

  • Scenario planning helps you anticipate the outcomes of external events and forces. It clarifies an ambiguous future into distinct, realistic possibilities that can guide your decisions.
  • Contingency planning supplements scenario planning. It outlines how an institution will respond to a scenario.
  • Continuity planning keeps your college or university moving forward during an operational interruption.

Help with COVID-19 recovery planning

Post-pandemic life will not look like pre-pandemic life. The resources on this page will help you both with your current response to COVID-19 and with your preparations for your institution’s future after the pandemic.