Colleges and universities that complete a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) gain a thorough understanding of their organization and where it is potentially the most vulnerable in the case of an adverse event. It may be that the immediate value of the BCP process is in identifying ways to improve as an organization even before an incident occurs. This knowledge can also lead to greater efficiency on a day-to-day basis and may eliminate problems that could lead to future interruptions.
Colleges and universities that complete a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) gain a thorough understanding of their organization and where it is potentially the most vulnerable in the case of an adverse event. It may be that the immediate value of the BCP process is in identifying ways to improve as an organization even before an incident occurs. This knowledge can also lead to greater efficiencies on a day-to-day basis and may eliminate problems that could lead to future interruptions..
The goal of a BCP is to identify potential disruptions so that you can reduce their impact at the time of an incident. By completing a BCP you can set priorities for re-establishing critical functions such as teaching, research, and information technology in a timely manner. You will plan to ensure students receive related services including resident housing, financial aid, health services and more during a prolonged event.
If you wait until an incident has occurred it will be too late to respond efficiently. Identifying key resources, critical functions and action items must happen in advance. The BCP will significantly reduce your financial losses as downtime incurs great costs. With tuition dollars making up roughly 47 percent of revenue for public higher education it is imperative that students remain enrolled.1Bysimplyreducingthe time over which an event occurs you are in turn saving money not only for yourself but for your contractors, suppliers and other partners.
Your college or university has a mission to uphold. Whether that is academic achievement, student services or excellence in teaching and research, a BCP helps protect your institution’s image, brand and reputation. Unfortunately the standard business interruption insurance doesn’t cover reputational damages.2A decrease in student recruitment, alumni donations and federal funding are all risks of a tarnished brand. Continuity planning can help institutions be highly responsive despite adverse circumstances and can strengthen and preserve your brand.
Your employees are the people who will respond in the case of an incident and a thorough BCP will safeguard them should one occur. As each department completes a BCP the staff will know your institution has their employment and personal well-being at heart. Employees will gain peace of mind as they are informed and rehearsed in what actions to take at the onset of an emergency.
Higher education institutions face distinct challenges in planning for possible emergencies in terms of geography, environment, governance and population. With so many federal, state and local compliance requirements a BCP can help institutions identify and follow a diverse set of standards.3Have confidence in knowing you are following guidelines such as the Clery Act, HIPAA and FERPA laws by completing a BCP.
Higher ed institutions function differently than other industries like the healthcare or financial industries. That means the software used to manage continuity planning in higher ed needs to be different too. Learn how Kuali Ready is different and the impact that can have.
No two higher ed institutions are the same, your software shouldn't be either. Kuali Ready is configured to your institution and uses data specific to your institution to ensure accurate, consistent data across your plans.
Configuring the data used in your continuity plans means each individual, regardless of department or division, uses the same set of data, preventing data silos, and improving and streamlining your reporting.
We know each plan will come with its own array of approvals, and will pass through many hands before being ready for implementation. We provide easy tracking through each phase and remove friction from al of those moving parts
Higher Ed Continuity Planning Buying Guide
Benefits, features to consider, and evaluation support.
Thorough Guide to Higher Ed BCP
Learn all of the elements that go into a higher ed BCP program from creating plans to testing them to keep them current.
Continuity Program Methodology for Higher Ed
Building a higher ed continuity program can be a daunting task. This resource guides you through the entire lifecycle of a robust higher ed continuity program and provides recommendations to help you get started.