On March 13, 2020, Career Education Colleges and Universities launched an information webpage for institutions responding to Coronavirus (COVID-19). CECU’s Coronavirus webpage includes a multitude of helpful resources to assist higher education leaders understand the various legal and operational implications of temporarily closing a campus or adapting courses to online learning.
CECU urges Congress to pass legislation to protect student veterans’ education benefits during health-related situations
“CECU’s encourages Congress to ensure student veterans’ existing GI Bill® benefits and housing allowances are not negatively impacted due to the health-related situation outside of the school or student veterans’ control.”
School Support: Career EDGE toolkit at NO CHARGE
Career TEAM is committed to helping CECU schools mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on our students, staff and communities by offering the use of the Career EDGE toolkit to provide remote Career Services support at NO CHARGE as we navigate this crisis together over the next couple of months. For more information and to gain access to Career EDGE for your institution, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
House, Senate Introduce Coronavirus Legislation Addressing Title IV Concerns – NASFAA
On Friday, Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) introduced the Supporting Students in Response to Coronavirus Act (S. 3489), a bill that would provide more than $3 billion in funding for a variety of supports for preschool, K-12, and higher education, including a new student emergency grant fund.
Trump: I’m Waiving Interest On Student Loans – Forbes
In an effort to mitigate the economic impact of coronavirus for every day Americans, Trump said he will waive interest on all federal student loans held by the federal government agencies.
Managing COVID-19 Disruption: FERPA – CooleyEd
The Department of Education released guidance for schools subject to FERPA requirements related to implementing plans in response to COVID-19.
Managing COVID-19 Disruption: GI Bill Benefits at Risk as Schools Transition Online – CooleyED
Students and veterans who rely on the Post-9/11 GI Bill’s education assistance could see those benefits reduced or paused without legislative action.
Finding the ‘sweet spot’: 4 tips for moving classes online quickly – Education Dive
To help limit the spread of the coronavirus, colleges are taking instruction remote. But experts say careful planning and managing expectations is key.
More Help for Borrowers – Inside Higher Ed
Consumer groups applaud President Trump’s decision to waive interest on federal student loans but join with some lawmakers in call for more borrower relief.
Secretary DeVos Releases New Resources for Educators, Local Leaders on K-12 Flexibilities, Student Privacy, and Educating Students with Disabilities During Coronavirus Outbreak
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issued new resources today that will assist education leaders in protecting student privacy and ensuring students with disabilities continue to receive services required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in the event of school closures due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Additional Coronavirus Coverage - Updated
Free, Online Learning Resources When Coronavirus Closes Schools – CATO Institute; +Trump Pledges to Pause Student Loan Interest Accrual in Wake of Coronavirus – NASFAA; VA Distributes Coronavirus Guidance for Payout of GI Bill Student Benefits – NASFAA.
Florida Career College Launches Automotive Technician Program at the Hialeah Campus
The implementation of this automotive technician program allows students the opportunity to receive hands-on training and skills to prepare them for an entry-level position as an automotive technician.
Nightingale College Spring Semester Announcement Regarding COVID-19 Plan
To promote the safety, health, and general well-being of our learners and the communities we serve, Nightingale College will stop all on-ground experiential learning activities and, as of Monday, March 16, 2020, will shift to online synchronous simulation for the remainder of the Spring semester.
Legal and Regulatory Issues
The Carlson Law Firm: Today Texas Federal Court Rules Mass Action against DeVry University for Fraud Survives Motion to Dismiss and Proceeds on the Merits
With today’s ruling all claims in Plaintiffs’ Second Amended Complaint will now proceed on the merits, including claims for violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA), fraud, negligent misrepresentation and restitution for unjust enrichment.
Biden Updates His Higher Education Plan – Forbes
Biden is now the all-but-certain Democratic nominee and is doing something many candidates do as other candidates drop out: adopt some of their ideas.