COVID-19 and Higher Education

Challenges and Successes during the Global Pandemic


  • Joshua S. McKeown
  • Krishna Bista
  • Roy Y. Chan


international students, higher education, pandemic, COVID-19, comparative education, students, online teaching


Th is introductory chapter identifies attempts by scholars andpractitioners worldwide to analyze and present responses to the global COVID-19 pandemic by higher education institutions (HEIs). In addition to initial reactions to the crisis, there are important new insights and perspectives on how to improve higher education policy and practice in the era of COVID-19. Specifically, this chapter gives an overview of the book and draws an outline of the impacts of the pandemic on teaching and learning, institutional leadership, and the transformation of society through technology in the field of comparative and international higher education. We highlight institutional responses within national frameworks, the diverse and not always apparent roles played by HEIs that COVID-19 revealed, the existential threat the pandemic presents to many HEIs particularly in the Global South (lower-income countries), and the challenges and opportunities for new programs, policies, and systems that best utilize resources to align with national needs, institutional priorities, and student learning and well-being.

How to cite: 

McKeown, J. S., Bista, K., & Chan, R. Y. (2022). COVID-19 and higher education: Challenges and success during the global pandemic. In J. S. McKeown, K. Bista, & R. Y. Chan (Eds.), Global higher education during COVID-19: Policy, society, and technology (pp. 1-7). STAR Scholars.


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Author Biographies

Joshua S. McKeown

Joshua S. McKeown, Ph.D. is Associate Provost for International Education & Programs at SUNY Oswego and International Education Leadership Fellow at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany. Under his leadership SUNY Oswego has earned awards for international education from the American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU), the Institute of International Education (IIE), Diversity Abroad, the Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange (CSCSE), and achieved top rankings in the annual Open Doors survey for education abroad enrollment and for student Fulbright awards. McKeown is a scholar-practitioner who authored The First Time Effect: The Impact of Study Abroad on College Student Intellectual Development  (SUNY Press, 2009), several book chapters including in Education Abroad: Bridging Scholarship and Practice  (Routledge, 2021) and NAFSA’s Guide to Education Abroad  (NAFSA, 2014), and numerous articles and presentations worldwide including in the Journal of Contemporary China . E-mail:

Krishna Bista

Krishna Bista, Ed.D. is Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Advanced Studies, Leadership and Policy at Morgan State University, Maryland. Dr. Bista is the founding editor of the Journal of International Students, a quarterly publication in international education. His latest books include Higher Education in Nepal (Routledge, 2020), and Global Perspectives on International Experiences in Higher Education: Tensions and Issues (Routledge, 2019). He holds a master’s degree from Troy University, a doctoral degree in educational leadership/higher education, and a specialist degree in community college teaching and administration from Arkansas State University. E-mail:

Roy Y. Chan

Roy Y. Chan, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Education and Director of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program in Leadership and Professional Practice in the Helen DeVos College of Education at Lee University, Tennessee. Previously, he served as the Director of TRIO Student Support Services (SSS). His latest books include Online Teaching and Learning in Higher Education during COVID-19: International Perspectives and Experiences (Routledge, 2021), The Future of Accessibility in International Higher Education (IGI Global, 2017), and Higher Education: A Worldwide Inventory of Research Centers, Academic Programs, Journals and Publications (Lemmens Media, 2014). Dr. Chan holds a Ph.D. in History, Philosophy, and Policy in Education from Indiana University Bloomington, an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Boston College, an M.Ed. in Comparative Higher Education from The University of Hong Kong, and a B.A. from the University of California, Irvine. E-mail:




How to Cite

McKeown, J. S. ., Bista, K., & Chan, R. Y. (2021). COVID-19 and Higher Education: Challenges and Successes during the Global Pandemic. STAR Scholar Books, 1–7. Retrieved from



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