Beth Popp Berman's Higher Education Organizations courses were tasked with developing final projects analyzing the University of Michigan's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Student groups from both courses, OS295 and OS495, worked extremely hard and showed immense dedication to their research, despite any challenges they may have faced during these uncertain times.

Check out their final reports below.

 

OS295 – Final Report by Alayna Simonds, Carly Cygielman, Cameron Fortune, Elise Godfryd, Evelyn Reyes, Hunter Cohn, Jaylene Gan, Lindsey Hoppe, Suhina Lal, Ty Rodin

Excerpt

"As COVID-19, a novel coronavirus, profilerates around the country and across the globe, organizations and foundational processes are being upended. While the market continues to plunge and citizens remain at home, one institutional arena that has been adversely affected is higher education. At this juncture, university courses have transitioned entirely to virtual instruction, dormitories have been vacated, and students, faculty, and the future, alike, are shrouded in uncertainty. In light of this fear and unpredictability, we aimed to leverage our familiarity as college students directly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak in conjunction with our knowledge from and learnings about higher education institutions throughout the semester in Organizational Studies 295."

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OS495 – Final Report By Lauren Farley, Rowan Kent, Ryan Rich, and Anna Topping

Excerpt

"COVID-19 is said to be re-defining higher education. In an instant, colleges and universities across the world have had to adapt; transitioning to online instruction, stopping most research, losing revenue streams, expanding medical capacities, and figuring out how and if they can keep their staff are some of the many challenges faced. The University of Michigan has stood strong through the challenges of the past two hundred years. But even with two centuries of experience, shifting an institution with three campuses, a medical system serving one third of the state, a Big 10 athletic complex, 57,000+ total students, and 30,000 staff members in response to COVID-19 is no simple task."

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