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How To: Business Continuity Planning Basics for Higher Ed

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Continuity planning in higher ed shares many similarities to its cousin, business continuity, in other industries. The differences must be addressed in ways that make it easy for academic and research departments to understand how to think about planning for continuity, and in a way that respects the institutional vernacular. Research and academic continuity planning are necessary to maintain the institution’s critical functions, thus continuing to meet the institution’s mission, if an adverse event occurs.


Knowing the importance of continuity planning is only the first step, how to create, implement, and maintain continuity plans is another challenge entirely. This ebook covers, at a high-level, higher ed continuity planning from what and why it matters to training staff and exercising plans, and everything in-between. Learn about a department-based planning approach, the basic elements of a continuity plan, and determining and prioritizing critical functions and applications.


Continuity planning can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Use this ebook to supplement your own continuity planning knowledge or share it with department leaders and campus stakeholders to help increase campus continuity planning aptitudes and improve your continuity planning efforts.


This ebook outlines:

  • What and why continuity planning is important in higher ed
  • Department-based planning approach
  • Basic elements of a continuity plan
  • Identifying and prioritizing critical functions and applications
  • Developing recovery strategies
  • Upstream and downstream dependencies
  • Training department staff
  • Exercising and maintaining continuity plans
  • Implementing what you have learned

Additional Resources

Webinar: Critical Functions: A Fast-Track Approach
Industry Insight: Importance of BCP in Higher Ed
Industry Insight: Building Organizational Resilience in Higher Ed

Continuity planning in higher ed shares many similarities to its cousin, business continuity, in other industries. The differences must be addressed in ways that make it easy for academic and research departments to understand how to think about planning for continuity, and in a way that respects the institutional vernacular. Research and academic continuity planning are necessary to maintain the institution’s critical functions, thus continuing to meet the institution’s mission, if an adverse event occurs.


Knowing the importance of continuity planning is only the first step, how to create, implement, and maintain continuity plans is another challenge entirely. This ebook covers, at a high-level, higher ed continuity planning from what and why it matters to training staff and exercising plans, and everything in-between. Learn about a department-based planning approach, the basic elements of a continuity plan, and determining and prioritizing critical functions and applications.


Continuity planning can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Use this ebook to supplement your own continuity planning knowledge or share it with department leaders and campus stakeholders to help increase campus continuity planning aptitudes and improve your continuity planning efforts.


This ebook outlines:

  • What and why continuity planning is important in higher ed
  • Department-based planning approach
  • Basic elements of a continuity plan
  • Identifying and prioritizing critical functions and applications
  • Developing recovery strategies
  • Upstream and downstream dependencies
  • Training department staff
  • Exercising and maintaining continuity plans
  • Implementing what you have learned

Additional Resources

Webinar: Critical Functions: A Fast-Track Approach
Industry Insight: Importance of BCP in Higher Ed
Industry Insight: Building Organizational Resilience in Higher Ed

Continuity planning in higher ed shares many similarities to its cousin, business continuity, in other industries. The differences must be addressed in ways that make it easy for academic and research departments to understand how to think about planning for continuity, and in a way that respects the institutional vernacular. Research and academic continuity planning are necessary to maintain the institution’s critical functions, thus continuing to meet the institution’s mission, if an adverse event occurs.


Knowing the importance of continuity planning is only the first step, how to create, implement, and maintain continuity plans is another challenge entirely. This ebook covers, at a high-level, higher ed continuity planning from what and why it matters to training staff and exercising plans, and everything in-between. Learn about a department-based planning approach, the basic elements of a continuity plan, and determining and prioritizing critical functions and applications.


Continuity planning can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Use this ebook to supplement your own continuity planning knowledge or share it with department leaders and campus stakeholders to help increase campus continuity planning aptitudes and improve your continuity planning efforts.


This ebook outlines:

  • What and why continuity planning is important in higher ed
  • Department-based planning approach
  • Basic elements of a continuity plan
  • Identifying and prioritizing critical functions and applications
  • Developing recovery strategies
  • Upstream and downstream dependencies
  • Training department staff
  • Exercising and maintaining continuity plans
  • Implementing what you have learned

Additional Resources

Webinar: Critical Functions: A Fast-Track Approach
Industry Insight: Importance of BCP in Higher Ed
Industry Insight: Building Organizational Resilience in Higher Ed
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