Tracking and Communicating COVID-19 at Your College or University

Many U.S. colleges and universities have taken to publishing information related to COVID-19 cases on their campus online dashboard. These helpful consoles are meant to provide a measure of comfort and give reopening colleges a way to present themselves as transparent to students and faculty. Dashboard strategies vary from school to school, but there are some methods of updating data that have proven to be useful.

The most successful dashboards are those that are updated at least once every weekday. Information can include the number of positive cases in the community and the total number of COVID-19 tests conducted, along with the frequency of the testing. Some institutions are providing information on trends in the surrounding city or county, the number of individuals in isolation/quarantine and an update of the campus’ operating status.

Colleges may be worried, however, about what their dashboard will communicate to their community or students if there’s an increase in cases. They may also be concerned with how the number of cases at their institution looks compared to their peers. These concerns are ones that colleges need to address in order to respond to the needs of their students, faculty members and other key stakeholders, and help continue to improve the COVID-19 standing of the school.

As the country grapples with its third spike of the pandemic, clear and concise data can assist the information-sharing process with students, parents and other key stakeholders. Using this information along with other established metrics can aid in future decision-making on how your institution’s response to the pandemic will continue to evolve and provide the appropriate transparency. As we’ve learned, being able to share reliable, easy-to-digest and concise information also boosts credibility with those relying on its accuracy.

The Schneider Downs ADAPT team can aid your institution in evaluating your current dashboard and provide feedback on these and other data dashboards. Contact a team member today.

You’ve heard our thoughts… We’d like to hear yours

The Schneider Downs Our Thoughts On blog exists to create a dialogue on issues that are important to organizations and individuals. While we enjoy sharing our ideas and insights, we’re especially interested in what you may have to say. If you have a question or a comment about this article – or any article from the Our Thoughts On blog – we hope you’ll share it with us. After all, a dialogue is an exchange of ideas, and we’d like to hear from you. Email us at

Material discussed is meant for informational purposes only, and it is not to be construed as investment, tax, or legal advice. Please note that individual situations can vary. Therefore, this information should be relied upon when coordinated with individual professional advice.

© 2021 Schneider Downs. All rights-reserved. All content on this site is property of Schneider Downs unless otherwise noted and should not be used without written permission.

our thoughts on

Timely Tax Opportunities: Eight Immediate Considerations from the Consolidated Appropriations Act
A Privilege Tax for Those who Work from Home?
Introducing The Economic Aid Act FAQ Video Series
Additional Funds Available for Colleges and Universities
What is the Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) SBA Grant Program?

Register to receive our weekly newsletter with our most recent columns and insights.

Have a question? Ask us!

We’d love to hear from you. Drop us a note, and we’ll respond to you as quickly as possible.

Ask us

contact us

Map of Pittsburgh Office

One PPG Place, Suite 1700
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
p:412.261.3644     f:412.261.4876

Map of Columbus Office

65 East State Street, Suite 2000
Columbus, OH 43215
p:614.621.4060     f:614.621.4062

Map of Washington Office
Washington, D.C.

1660 International Drive, Suite 600
McLean, VA 22102