NAGAP Joined CHEMA in 2019
The Council of Higher Education Management Associations (CHEMA) is an informal voluntary assembly of management-oriented higher education associations in the United States and Canada. By sharing information, comparing experiences, and working collectively on projects of shared interest, CHEMA members maximize their resources and create substantial benefits for the colleges and universities they represent.
With NACUBO as its coordinator, CHEMA meets twice a year at various locations across the country. Membership is limited to nonprofit organizations that are national in scope and principally involved in serving managerial functions within higher education institutions.
CHEMA traces its roots to a group of association executives who attended the NACUBO annual meeting in the late 1960s. Established in 1971, CHEMA's first meeting, with fifteen associations in attendance, was held in New York in conjunction with NACUBO's annual meeting. At that time, the organization was called Inter-Association Management-Related Group (IMRG). The organization was known as IMRG for eighteen years until it was decided, in June 1989, to change the name to better reflect the group's representation and affiliation with the higher education community.
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CHEMA Partner News:
ACHA has officially created a new Coronavirus Taskforce, or what is now being known as ACHA’s COVID-19 Taskforce. ACHA was interviewed Friday by the CDC response team to help inform their response specifically for colleges and universities. These calls will be ongoing. On our call, a number of areas were pointed out by our member representatives as concerns, including:
- How universities should implement their prevention and response efforts
- Addressing fear and concerns raised by students and parents. Apparently, in at least one university, there has been a student petition to cancel classes
- Fears of stigma and singling out Asians on campus
- Confusion around quarantine and self-quarantine
- Concerns over who should receive N-95 medical masks, fitted N-95 medical masks, and the general shortage of masks
We recognize the impact that an outbreak can have on all aspects of campus life, so we wanted to make sure we reached out to all of you to see if you had any specific concerns that you would like for us to relay to the CDC on our next scheduled call. Feel free to direct them to me at [email protected].
Additionally, I wanted to share with you some highlights from the last CDC informational call:
- The immediate risk to the U.S. remains low at this time.
- The greater risk is those who traveled to China or had contact with those who traveled to China.
- The current public health response is multi-layered, and strategies are in place to reduce number of travelers from China.
- State health departments are on high alert. While strategies are in place to prevent a pandemic, health departments are also preparing should a pandemic occur.
- Testing for COVID-19 is now being done at local level. As of February 12, there have been 14 cases across 6 states (see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html for updates on cases in the U.S.) The CDC has an incident management system, with teams deployed to places where cases have occurred.
Some other important information shared by the CDC includes the following:
- Campuses should continue to educate students on the importance of basic prevention of respiratory illnesses: handwashing, covering coughs/sneezes, etc.
- Masks should be used by those who are ill/symptomatic. Note that supply concerns are starting to rise. Some of these supplies come from China, so the supply chain is disrupted. Use priority guidance.
- In addition to routine standard precautions, airborne isolation, respiratory protection and eye protection for interaction with PUI. There is no evidence yet to suggest that airborne transmission is high, as it is with measles.
- From previous coronavirus experience, places where patients seek care are at high risk. Campuses should instruct students to call ahead and wear a mask before they come to the heath center.
- Protective equipment is only one factor in preventing the spread of the disease, and campuses should utilize nurse triage lines and advice lines to further limit spread.
We’ll continue to keep sharing information as it becomes available.