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COVID-19 Pandemic Deals a Blow to Key CCC Events

April 23, 2020

Conference audience watches a presentation.As stay-at-home orders in California and other states stretched into April with no set end-date, higher education conference organizers scrambled to respond to the rapidly evolving situation. A few events were able to quickly transition to a virtual format, but many highly anticipated annual conferences were called off.

March saw the cancellation of CENIC’s Annual Conference, where the CCC MyPath team was to be recognized with the 2020 Innovations in Networking Award for Educational Applications. Although CENIC was unable to present its slate of 2020 Innovations awards in person, it acknowledged recipients individually on its website. Read more about the recognition of MyPath.

Other March higher education conferences that were impacted included SXSW EDU, the Latina Leadership Network of the California Community Colleges Annual Conference, and the Internet2 Global Summit, which were cancelled. The CSSO Spring 2020 Annual Student Services Conference has been rescheduled to September 8-10, while the CollegeBuys 2020 Purchasing Conference, organized by the Foundation CCC, has been rescheduled to September 23-25.

April Events Take a Hit

Several April events important to the CCC were cancelled, including Ellucian Live, the AACRAO Annual Meeting, CCCCIO Spring Conference, ASCCC Spring Plenary, CACCRAO Annual Conference, and the CCC Vision for Success Summit.

The CCC Student Senate General Assembly was moved online, as was the Technology Standards in Education & Employment (formerly the PESC Spring Data Summit). The RP Group announced that the RP Conference will be held online at a later date that is still to be determined.

Conferences in May that were shut down include the CC League’s Annual Trustees Conference, as well as the ACBO Spring Conference.

Summer Outlook Uncertain

With the outlook for June and beyond still uncertain, many event organizers are closely monitoring the situation. The CC League decided to cancel its annual Classified Leadership Institute in June, though many other events scheduled in June and beyond remain on the calendar for now. The annual Online Teaching Conference is still officially a go, but has been transitioned to an all-virtual, multi-day event, June 17-19.

Meanwhile, the CCC Information Security Center and CCC Accessibility Center made the decision to hold their annual summer workshops online. This will be the first time the workshops, scheduled for June 15 and 16, have been offered in a virtual format.