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While emergency planning and disaster recovery are generally well established within institutions of higher education, there is an increasing focus on business and academic continuity. How will we continue or quickly resume the institution's mission of teaching and research following a disruptive event?

The presentation will first introduce continuity planning and outline how it complements the institution's existing emergency and disaster recovery plans. Why implement continuity planning? What are the benefits and advantages of such an undertaking? The value and tangible benefits of effective continuity planning will be emphasized.

Some participants will likely have already recognized the need for continuity planning, but are struggling to gain the traction necessary to initiate a continuity planning effort at their institution. The presentation will provide guidance on "selling" continuity planning to not only senior executives, but also to operational managers.

While every institution of higher education is unique, there are common challenges that many institutions are likely to face as they address continuity planning. Participants will be given flexible strategies for overcoming these obstacles within their own institution’s political climate and culture.

The continuity planning effort at Tufts University, a project funded by the Department of Education Emergency Management in Higher Education grant program, will also be covered. “Tufts Ready|continuity” is centered around an online continuity planning tool, Kuali Ready, that is tailored for institutions of higher education.