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Crisis Leadership in Higher Education

Program Session(s):
March 5, 2018 - March 8, 2018

Application Deadline(s):
January 5, 2018

Program Fee:$4,900

Program Fee includes: tuition, housing, curricular materials, and most meals

Click here to see this program’s Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) alignment.

Faculty Chairs: James Honan, Herman Leonard

Program Director: Laura Simolaris

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“Higher education communities are simultaneously strong and fragile, resilient and vulnerable. They hold some of our most precious assets -- the next generation -- in settings that are deliberately designed to be open and diverse, and that are therefore potentially volatile and difficult to control. Crisis Leadership in Higher Education can help leaders and administrators of these important and special communities organize themselves, their teams, and their institutions to understand and respond to the high-stress and high-urgency events that inevitably arise in higher education settings.”

-Herman B. (Dutch) Leonard, Faculty Co-chair, Crisis Leadership in Higher Education

The curriculum focuses on strategic and operational issues that arise when preparing for, responding to, and recovering from crisis events. Specific program objectives include:

  • Diagnose and understand the event
  • Recognize critical distinctions between different types of crises
  • Foster situational awareness
  • Understand and manage both policy and operational concerns
  • Ensure appropriate accountability, both during and after crisis events
  • Clarify the role of training and exercises
  • Manage the transition from immediate response to long-term recovery

Over three days, using real-world case studies, lectures, small group discussions and guest speakers, program faculty guide participants through a variety of concepts and scenarios, examining practical challenges ranging from natural disasters to emergent infectious disease to reputation-threatening campus incidents.

Crisis Leadership in Higher Education has been jointly designed by faculty from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). This program will be held at Harvard Kennedy School.


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