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Crisis Leadership in Higher Education, Short Course

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  • 3 days
, MA,
Given the power of the media, colleges and universities are more cognizant of the threat of potential crises. However, as much as institutions can prepare, the unexpected can still happen. As a campus leader, knowing how to act quickly and effectively in the wake of a crisis can protect your students and your institution’s reputation. 
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  • Disorderly protests. Hostage situations. Extreme weather. Violence on campus.
  • It's impossible to control whether a crisis will happen at your institution. However, you can control the way you react to it and learn to handle it in a way that will protect your students and your institution's reputation.
  • Our Crisis Leadership in Higher Education program will help you respond to crises effectively, develop protocols and practices that minimize the potential for future occurrences and inspire confidence in the long-term success of your institution.
Strategies for a Crisis:
  • Crisis Leadership in Higher Education gives you critical information about proactive training and planning so you can implement effective crisis management systems in advance of a critical event. The program is designed by faculty from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Kennedy School.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 3 days
  • Languages
    • English
    Schedule TOEFL® Schedule IELTS
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

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.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

  • Schedule a TOEFL® test
  • Schedule an IELTS test

Academic Requirements

Recommended applicants include:
  • College and university presidents and vice presidents
  • Chancellors
  • Provosts
  • Deans
  • Chief administrative services officers
  • Heads of institutional communication
  • Directors of campus safety and security

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                Tuition Fee

                • International

                  5100 USD/module
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 5100 USD per module and a duration of 3 days.
                • National

                  5100 USD/module
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 5100 USD per module and a duration of 3 days.
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                Living costs for Cambridge

                • 1814 - 3760 USD/month
                  Living Costs

                The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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