The Great Resignation is an economic trend in which employees voluntarily resign from their jobs. In April of 2021, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4 million Americans quit their jobs for various reasons (Liu, 2021).
This case centers on the complexity of addressing and supporting issues of mental health within institutions of higher education. Specifically, the case considers the complex and often nuanced situations that complicate an employee’s ability to receive appropriate mental health care.
Welcome to the inaugural issue of Cases on Leadership for Equity and Justice in Higher Education (CLEJHE). CLEJHE is to be an ongoing, peer-reviewed, open-access journal devoted to cases on complex issues in higher education leadership and policy with an equity lens.
Three public educational institutions located on the east coast share a campus: a STEM high school, a community college, and a university. The institutions serve over 50,000 people per day. Each institution has its own budget, federal, state, and local funding sources, employees, and students.
This case focuses on institutional culture and enrollment management strategies. It centers on a leader transitioning to a new organization with a deeply entrenched culture and an urgent call for boosting enrollment to solve a budget crisis.
Responding to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in spring of 2020, universities and colleges across the United States transformed into remote institutions nearly overnight. This caused a swift, widespread increase in telework.