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Academic Continuity in the Epicenter of the U.S. COVID-19 Crisis: The Story of New York University

March 23, 2021 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Lessons Learned Webinar Series: Presentations by MSCHE Member Institutions

The scale and scope of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on institutions of higher education is unprecedented. This session presents a case study of how New York University (NYU), a large, decentralized research institution located in the epicenter of the U.S. pandemic in New York City, responded to the crisis to ensure safe academic continuity for 51,000+ students across locations and sites in over 25 countries. With safety, equity, the use of data, and trust as guiding principles in the strategy deployed, we detail 1. How we successfully transitioned 15,000 classes to a remote format in a matter of days, including classes taught by faculty with little to no experience with online learning and 2. How we managed the complex web of shifting regulatory requirements to best support our professional and clinical programs and students as the crisis unfolded. We discuss how the NYU Senior Leadership Team leveraged the strengths and challenges associated with a shared-governance model to effectively make and implement decisions in a rapidly changing environment.

Cost: This presentation is part of an on-going series where you get access to eight events for one price: $225 Institutional Member/ $325 Non-Member*

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*If you register after the Lessons Learned Webinar Series has begun or unable to attend a webinar, you will be given access to the videos and any materials to webinars you miss. Registration fees are non-refundable.

Space is limited and registration will close when the event is full.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Learn about the challenges and opportunities faced by a large, decentralized research university at the heart of the U.S. COVID-19 pandemic in New York City, and how the university is employing lessons learned from the crisis to foster future innovation.
  2. Identify concrete institutional strategies for fostering mission-centered institutional academic resilience in a time of crisis.
  3. Understand how establishing appropriate systems, metrics, and indicators adapted to your institutional context can promote ongoing assessment and adaptation in uncertain times.


Dr. Diana Karafin, Associate Vice Provost, New York University

Dr. Diana Karafin, Associate Vice Provost, New York University

Dr. Cybele Raver, Deputy Provost, New York University

Dr. Cybele Raver, Deputy Provost, New York University


March 23, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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