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COVID 19 and its implications for universities: What now. What next.

Allen Sheldon of KPMG and William Kassler of IBM discuss how universities can navigate a response that supports students and faculty.

Allen Sheldon

Allen Sheldon

Advisory Managing Director, Health & Government Solutions, KPMG US

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Allen Sheldon, Managing Director, KPMG and William Kassler, Chief Medical Officer, IBM Watson Health, have teamed on a new alliance offering that uses IBM Watson technology coupled with KPMG risk and operational knowledge, to help higher education institutions navigate a COVID-19 response that supports students, faculty and staff—while ensuring a quality educational experience.

Planning a campus response to COVID-19 is an incredibly complex undertaking due to an inherently complicated environment. For starters, campuses are filled with two distinct populations—young students, merged with faculty and staff that are typically at the other end of the age spectrum.  Add in facilities management to deal with staggered access, sanitation, and ventilation, along with large-scale cultural and athletic offerings, and it’s easy to see how COVID_19 presents a particularly challenging environment.

Topics addressed include:

  • how universities assume an explicit public health role, both on campus and within their broader community
  • the pre-existing structural weaknesses that the pandemic has exposed
  • why the Spring 2021 semester will be even more challenging than the current semester
  • factors involved in developing a healthy balance between a right-sized economic model and a suitable educational delivery model
  • the critical roles played by culture, technology, data, and analytics to help determine actions that will allow campuses to remain open
  • the three most important things that university administrators must prioritize.

Presenters

Allen Sheldon

Allen Sheldon

Advisory Managing Director, Health & Government Solutions, KPMG US

William Kassler

William Kassler

Deputy Chief Health Officer, IBM

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