COVID-19 and Our Commitment to the Community

 

By: Bruce Douglas Mar 20, 2020

COVID-19 and Our Commitment to the Community

A Message from Bruce Douglas, CEO of EducationDynamics

We understand that COVID-19 is materially changing every aspect of our lives. Those of us in the higher education community have been grappling with these changes for several weeks now. We know how this is materially changing our lives each and every day, but we certainly do not know what this means for our longer-term future.

I’d like to share with you how we at
EducationDynamics are proceeding.

First and foremost, we are committed to
the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, families and communities. We
closed our offices in Hoboken, Atlanta, Newtown Square, Lenexa, Tampa, and Boca
Raton, and all of our employees across the country are now working remotely, in
keeping with the latest recommendations from federal, state and local
governments. We will continue to monitor and follow recommendations from the
experts, and we will support every member of our team, as well as continue to
support and service our clients during this unprecedented challenge.

We are also committed to supporting our
higher education community. More specifically, we are committed to supporting
the work colleges and universities are doing to aid their students, staff and
faculty. Now is the time for all of us to work together to support those in
need.

We are being thoughtful in our path
forward, relying on data and facts, and focusing on the quality and accuracy of
our communication. We are working harder than ever to serve our partners and
the higher education community. At the same time, we are being prudent in our
actions, focusing on what is important, and moving forward based on what we
currently know. Now is the time for thoughtful and regular communication,
sharing, and a collective effort.

We hope to regularly share updates, as
we believe they will best help the higher education institutions serve their
communities. We are relying on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and state and local governments. We are also relying
on the many higher education experts that are generously donating their time
and expertise to help colleagues make the transition to our new reality. If you
haven’t already, I recommend you visit the COVID-19 Resource Guide, curated and regularly updated by our
friends at UPCEA, and OLC’s Continuity Planning and
Emergency Preparedness Guide

for the latest and most comprehensive information on serving students, faculty
and the community.

We work in higher education because we believe in the mission of bettering lives and expanding knowledge, and we believe deeply in our mission to help working adults and others that fall outside the traditional image of a college student. In the future, we will have a better understanding of how this will impact student engagement, course delivery and the very foundation of higher education. When that time comes, we’ll be ready to lead the conversation and provide our partners with sound advice and creative solutions. Until then, we will continue to focus on today’s priority of ensuring the safety and well-being of our community and full service to our clients and customers.