Community College Pandemic Response Resources
A report-in-progress on responses to COVID-19 by community college boards
ACCT is working with our members to compile reports, resources, and lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic. The following information is presented in an effort to inform and fortify community college leaders, including board members and college CEOs.
In this time of a sudden, unexpected new crisis, through unprecedented policy and planning and intense collaboration, community college leaders are hoping to lead their institutions and their communities to prevent outbreaks and help stem the tide of COVID-19. This information gives a brief overview of some modifications to various community college operations across the country that boards, CEOs, college faculty and staff, and state governments have implemented to prevent the spread of the virus and to support their students and their communities.
Leadership has many facets, and in a time of crisis, boards and college leaders demonstrate how effective they can be when they work together well.
Before contacting ACCT member trustees and colleges, we focused on a few major questions that were thought to bring clarity to the leadership roles of the board, including:
Dealing with the pandemic:
- How did the board collaborate with the president? What decisions had to be made by the board? By the president? What were the considerations? Why were the decisions made?
- What specific actions were taken?
- What were staff and faculty and student reactions? The community’s?
- What board and college policies were in place that helped?
- How has the college’s financial situation been impacted in the face of this pandemic?
The way forward:
- Based on this unique situation, what new policies are being considered or existing policies updated?
- Lessons learned so far.
We anticipate that this information will be updated on an ongoing basis. We encourage you to review what other colleges are doing, and to contact ACCT and your peers for more information.