With the onset of the COVID-19 crisis in early 2020, higher education students, instructors, administrators, and leaders throughout the world experienced abrupt change in their academic, work and personal lives. Many students moved off campus unexpectedly and thousands of international students returned to their home countries. Some students lost jobs and found their financial aid threatened. Many became caretakers for their families. With PK-12 schools closed, faculty and student-parents found themselves overseeing their children’s home-school lessons. Fears of COVID-19 were uppermost in everybody’s minds. Some contracted the illness or supported others who did. Collectively, the articles in this special edition of Advances in Engineering Education reflect faculty’s extraordinary dedication and innovation to accommodate a broad range of student needs during this unprecedented time.