Coronavirus Resources for Higher Education Boards

Resources to help you navigate the crisis.

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is a global health crisis that is rapidly evolving. This webpage provides resources about the special concerns of higher education governing boards to deal with the pandemic at their institutions. It is updated continually.

AGB recommends the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for general information and guidance related to the coronavirus threat in the United States. Contact local or state government health departments for additional guidance for your locale.

Government Loan Programs to Colleges, Universities, and Institutionally Related Foundations

As part of the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has implemented several loan programs to assist institutions and institutionally related foundations.

US Department of Education Resources for Higher Education Institutions

The Office of Postsecondary Education issued Guidance for Interruptions of Study Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines for Higher Education Institutions

CDC Guidance on Student Foreign Travel
On March 1, CDC provided guidance to institutes of higher education (IHEs) for student foreign travel with the primary recommendation to “consider postponing or canceling student foreign exchange programs.”

CDC Media Telebriefing: Update on COVID-19 – (March 10, 2020). Access an audio recording and script.

Resources for Healthcare on Campuses

The American College Health Association (ACHA) has issued updates from their COVID-19 Task Force.

ACHA Guidelines Available

The guidelines, Preparing for COVID-19, (March 3, 2020), were developed by the ACHA COVID-19 Task Force with support from the American College Health Foundation, and aid college health staff and campus administrators in preparing for COVID-19 and related issues on their campuses.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Webinar (March 6, 2020)
ACHA, the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I), and the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities (BHAC) partnered for this webinar (held March 6, 2020) on the current state of COVID-19, practical considerations for your campus, and more.

Additional Resources

National Conference of State Legislatures—See the section on “Higher Education” for highlights of state-level activities affecting colleges and universities.

National Governors Association—This site provides a state-by-state summary of policies relevant to COVID-19 related to health, education, and labor, but isn’t specifically about higher education.

Coronavirus: Practical Considerations for Your Campus. This webinar from National Association of College and University Business Officers and the American Campus Health Association, originally aired on February 27 and is now available for on demand access.

The Johns Hopkins University tracks confirmed cases, deaths and recoveries with its heatmap in real-time.