Readying Higher Education for the Next Emergency - A National Plan for Academic Continuity
Although some institutions of higher education (IHEs) have sophisticated emergency plans, most do not. Despite disruptions like the hurricanes of 2005 that profoundly impacted higher education, few IHEs have plans for continuing teaching, learning and research when physical presence is not possible. Today, advances in online education mean that the mission can continue, provided institutions plan for academic continuity of operations. Academic continuity planning substantially mitigates disruption and at the same time strengthens education. Such plans are possible via mutual assistance compacts among IHEs as well as their wide implementation assured with the support and endorsement of the Department of Education and the Department of Homeland Security. (original abstract)
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- American Distance Education, http://www.adec.edu.
- The Sloan Consortium, http://www.sloan-c.org.
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