Crisis Leadership in Higher Education is a four-day executive program led by a teaching team from Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

These faculty experts will guide you through a variety of concepts and scenarios, examining practical challenges ranging from natural disasters to the impact of campus culture and values on crisis management. They'll help you understand strategic and operational issues that arise when preparing for, responding to and recovering from crisis events. You'll also learn communication strategies and review techniques that can be tailored to a wide range of institutional circumstances.

Alumni Perspective

The course was taught from experience, not theory. Learning from people directly involved in an actual higher education case was an invaluable lesson.

Steve Bullock, Asst. Vice Chancellor, University of Nebraska

Over four days, using real-world case studies, lectures and small group discussions, program faculty will guide you through a variety of concepts and scenarios, examining practical challenges ranging from natural disasters to emergent infectious disease to reputation-threatening campus incidents. Specific program objectives will help you to:

  • Diagnose and understand an 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
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