A rare opportunity to reinvent

A rare opportunity to reinvent

Key takeaways

  • The pandemic has underlined and exacerbated issues in higher ed, both new and old.
  • The digital divide and student inequities are among the top priorities for higher ed leaders.
  • Technology innovation is a key component of success for colleges and universities.

The coronavirus pandemic has created a slew of new challenges for higher education institutions, but that doesn’t mean pre-COVID obstacles have diminished. This period of disruption and impromptu transformation has created a rare opportunity for institutions to reimagine and rebuild higher education from the ground up.

During this year’s Ellucian Live Online event, three higher education associate leaders came together during a panel discussion led by Ellucian President and CEO Laura K. Ipsen and moderated by Executive Editor at The Chronicle Higher Education Liz McMillen. During this eye-opening conversation, panelists recount a year of disruption and examine strategies to overcome future challenges for higher education.

We moved faster than we ever thought we could, we accomplished more than we ever thought we could, and it all happened right before our eyes. And we can't unsee that, thankfully, so once the dust settles, we have a whole new starting point to think about everything. That is something that is really positive. It's amorphous, but it's something to build on in the future.

John O'Brien, President and CEO, EDUCAUSE

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