Defining the Value of Campus Emergency Management Programs to Communities

Publication Date: 03/01/2019
Abstract: In October 2018, a group of campus emergency management leaders, with support from the National Center for Campus Public Safety, gathered for a one-day forum to discuss ways to define emergency management’s value to the whole community. Fifteen emergency management leaders, including university and college emergency managers, chiefs of police, and campus safety administrators, came from 13 IHEs across the country to participate. Working with an experienced facilitator, forum participants identified specific strategic challenges and evaluated potential solutions for sustaining interest, improving visibility, and improving strategic alignment that may help define the value of campus emergency management to communities. Participants also created a list of value-critical elements, key items they felt were critical to developing value propositions, and drafted three value statements that campus emergency management teams can utilize to communicate their value to their communities. This report was developed from the forum discussions and intends to capture the participants’ ideas, key takeaways, and conclusions.