Task Force on Higher Education and Opportunity

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President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., is among 40 college and university leaders from across the country in a wide-ranging partnership committed to addressing the major challenges facing students and underserved communities resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Background and purpose

Before the pandemic, higher education was already being destabilized by a variety of forces. In 2020, higher education experienced disruption at a rate few people thought possible. The pandemic will likely continue to accelerate pre-existing trends while also creating new challenges. In particular, the economic upheaval from COVID-19 had disproportionately impacted people of color across educational attainments.

In the past year, higher education institutions across the country have stepped-up in innumerable ways including transitioning course catalogs to virtual formats, co-establishing testing, and vaccination efforts and supplying crucial research contributions.

The task force was created to tackle these issues and  position higher education to take a leading role in our communities by helping our students and society recover from the crisis with a particular focus on ensuring equity for vulnerable and marginalized populations.


Inspire each other and the broader sector to take action by providing opportunities for our students and our communities.