As Coronavirus Pandemic Develops, ACE Webinars Help Campuses Respond
March 16, 2020

Sign up now for tomorrow's webinar on “Managing Campus Well-being During the COVID-19 Crisis."

As campuses close and move online across the country and the federal government begins to issue guidance, ACE has created a hub for resources and discussion around coronavirus on ACE Engage®. Through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Guidelines discussion group, users can post questions, share files, and find out how their peers are addressing certain challenges, such as how to keep students engaged as instruction moves online. 

Coming up, ACE Senior Vice President Philip Rogers spoke with Scott Cowen, who was president of Tulane University during the Hurricane Katrina crisis, about how coronavirus can serve as a reset moment for innovation at colleges and universities across the nation just as Katrina was for institutions in New Orleans. The conversation will be posted in the Engage library later this week. Additionally, ACE is putting out a series of webinars on Engage covering topics such as pivoting to online learning, crisis management, and addressing students' mental and physical health needs during the outbreak of COVID-19.

The first webinar, “Swiftly Pivoting to a Fully-Remote Campus: Responding to COVID-19," took place March 12. It featured a discussion by GianMario Besana, associate provost of global engagement and online learning, DePaul University; Kai Wang, senior dean of strategic innovations, Wake Technical Community College; and Laura Niesen de Abruna, provost of York College of Pennsylvania, moderated by Sherri Hughes, assistant vice president of professional learning at ACE. 

The webinar was followed by three breakout discussions covering the topics of international education via technology, policies and practices for successful online course delivery, and managing hands-on practical and experiential learning. Over 200 people attended this virtual event. Campus leaders can sign up or log in to Engage to view a recording of the webinar. A supplemental toolkit providing links to a variety of rapid response resources was also compiled for the event. View that toolkit on Engage here.

A second webinar, which took place earlier today, covered the robust set of guidelines prepared by the American College Health Association (ACHA) to help colleges and universities prepare their campuses for the virus. Devin Jopp, CEO of ACHA, and Sarah Van Orman, MD, associate vice provost for student health at the University of Southern California, spoke about how to protect student health, control xenophobia, and navigate social distancing. The conversation was moderated by Brad Farnsworth, ACE vice president for global engagement. An archived recording of the webinar will be uploaded to the Engage content library soon.

Finally, a third webinar is scheduled for tomorrow, March 17, at 1 p.m. ET. “Managing Campus Well-being During the COVID-19 Crisis" will be an interactive discussion with campus leaders about how they are addressing the multifaceted personal, academic, and professional challenges students, faculty, and staff are facing in a time of high anxiety and rapidly shifting circumstances. Breakout sessions will follow the webinar addressing relevant subtopics including the disruption to international mobility for international and domestic students. Register now on Engage.

ACE will continue to develop content and compile resources relating to COVID-19 as the situation progresses. The best way to stay informed of future webinars, toolkits, discussions, and other resources is to join the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Guidelines group on Engage. Recordings of all three webinars will be posted there as they become available.

Register for the March 17 Webinar

Managing Campus Well-being During th​e COVID-19 Crisis​ | 1-2 p.m. ET

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Stay Informed through Engage

Join the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Guidelines group to discuss with peers how your institution is dealing responding to the virus and to stay on top of the latest webinars, toolkits, and other resources that ACE is putting together.