Community College Pandemic Response Resources

A report-in-progress on responses to COVID-19 by community college boards

March 19, 2020

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.



ACCT's Pandemic Response & Commitment to Our Members

Recently Updated: Federal COVID-19 Guidance for Community Colleges

Tested by Crisis: The Board-President Relationship Was Challenged During the COVID-19 Crisis, But Ultimately Helped Institutions to Prevail Trustee Quarterly, Spring 2021

Business Continuity Depends on Student Experience: For Community Colleges, It Should Also Mean Delivering an Outstanding Student Experience Trustee Quarterly, Spring 2021

Leveraging Stimulus Funds to Support Adult Learners (July 2021)

American Rescue Plan Implementation (May 2021)

Institutional Implementation of Stimulus Legislation (CRRSAA) (March 2021)

Reskilling for Pandemic Recession and Recovery (Podcast episode, February 2021)

Reskilling for Pandemic Recession and Recovery (Research report, November 2020)

Change Leadership: Helping Navigate the Pandemic Trustee Quarterly, Fall 2020

Skills to Recover: A Capitol Hill Update and Forum for Postsecondary Advocates (Webinar, September 2020)

Latest Action in Washington Live (Webinar, July 2020)

Improving Online Education (Webinar, July 2020)

Navigating Enrollment Shifts (Webinar, July 2020)

Reskilling Displaced Workers (Webinar, July 2020)

Contingency Planning for the Fall (Webinar, June 2020)

Trust During a Crisis: Backed by Their Boards, Presidents Implement Emergency Plans, Trustee Quarterly, Spring 2020

Community College Communications in the Wake of COVID-19

Community College Governance and COVID-19

Adjusting Community College Operations in Response to COVID-19 

Silver Linings: Early Takeaways from the COVID-19 Pandemic Response at Community Colleges

Around the Regions: How the Nation's Community Colleges are Responding to COVID-19



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.






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