We’re here with you.
To our eduWeb community:
Over the past few weeks, our lives have been flipped upside down by the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Our campuses have closed. Sports seasons have been postponed or totally canceled. Many of us are living under orders to shelter in place. All of us are navigating a world of growing anxiety and volatility. This has had a particular impact on the higher education industry, and what comes next feels so uncertain right now. These are hard times.
All of us on the eduWeb team are feeling this along with you. On this page, we’ll provide you with a few updates on the 2020 eduWeb Digital Summit and share some resources that we hope will be helpful during this time.
We have been closely monitoring this crisis over the past several weeks, and we know that transparent communication is essential. It is, of course, our hope that August’s event will not be impacted by COVID-19, but we also understand that, in order to protect public health, we may be required to modify, postpone, or cancel our event.
At this point, here are the key points for you to know:
- Regardless of how this pandemic continues to unfold, we are committed to offering our eduWeb community with professional development opportunities for 2020. Should we be unable to host or postpone our regular conference, we will present our programming in an alternative format.
- We will be shifting our programming to include a track focused on crisis leadership. Nikki Sunstrum will lead this track, which will take the place of our new eduWeb Leadership Summit we had previously announced. More details on this are forthcoming.
- Any registrant who is unable to attend eduWeb due to the impacts of COVID-19 will be able to transfer their registration to future events, including our 2021 event, or receive a full refund based on our current cancellation policies.
- Please refer to our website for updates regarding the status or postponement of the event.
Our work is already difficult, and in this unprecedented time, we face additional challenges, both professionally and personally. We’d like to share a few resources with you that have been helpful to us; we hope that you’ll find them useful as well.
- #HigherEdSocial Facebook Group: Currently 6,600 strong (and growing!), this group connects professionals working within higher education marketing, facilitates meaningful conversations, and provides those in the industry with a space to share their challenges and feel understood.
- Higher Ed and Coronavirus Facebook Group: Created by the Chronicle of Higher Education, this page is designed to facilitate dialogue for those working in higher education in the midst of the pandemic. Members can engage with Chronicle reporters, ask questions, and share their experiences addressing the pandemic on their campuses.
- Inside Higher Ed Coronavirus Information: IHE has compiled all of its coronavirus coverage into one section of its site, providing information on everything from the impact on student loans to NCAA considerations to enrollment strategies.
- EAB COVID-19 Resource Center: With samples of communications, social media posts, policies, reference websites, and more, this page provides schools with a framework for managing their own COVID-19 response protocols.
- Virtual Events in Response to COVID-19: This article, written by eduWeb’s Megan Miller, outlines options for schools as they move their enrollment and yield events into a virtual space. A recording of her webinar, which expands on this topic, is also available (registration required).
Each of you is facing significant uncertainty in the face of this pandemic, and we are standing with you, feeling this same weight of fear, stress, disappointment, frustration, and isolation as it seems the world changes before our very eyes. These emotions are valid, and you are not alone. But in all of this, we are here to encourage, affirm, and support you, and if you have any questions or concerns, we welcome your feedback.
We send you all our best wishes for health, clarity, and peace.
-Joel, Megan, Andrew, Nikki, Lindsay, Jason, Jon, Alexandra, Kati, Lauren, Conny, Brendan, Katy, Kris, Liz, and Chris