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The Power of Now for Higher Education

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Although our natural instincts as college leaders are to go into hibernation until the pandemic passes, now is the time for us to lean into the work that we do, writes Mark Zupan. amtitus/digitalvision vectors/getty images

COVID-19 has challenged the ability of colleges and universities to conduct in-person classes, undertake research and travel to and meet with alumni and supporters. As a result, our natural instincts as college leaders are to go into hibernation until the pandemic passes. But for a variety of reasons, now is the time for us to lean into the work that we do.

Now is the time when what we do matters even more. Think about all the vexing social challenges that have been brought to the fore over the past year, including health care, racial justice and economic opportunity. Higher education institutions are especially well positioned to address these important challenges.

Now is the time to engage in research and secure grants from government and other sources. While COVID has extracted a significant toll on society, our efforts to deal with it through vaccines and therapeutics validate the importance of the scientific inquiry central to our mission. Much as the Great Influenza of 1918 […]

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