COVID-19 Resources & Webinars
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.
View all past webinars here.
Guide for the Distribution of Student Grants under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund
In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, the proprietary school sector has a unique opportunity. The federal government has included our schools in the Emergency Stabilization Fund for institutions of higher education. Starting the week of April 13, 2020, institutions will be given the opportunity to direct critical Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund grants to those students at your institutions most impacted by the pandemic. This guide, developed with the quick help from sector leaders, will support institutions in understanding what they should know regarding the emergency financial aid grants, potential formulas for the distribution of such grants, and a sample grant application form. The guide will be updated regularly based on ongoing stakeholder feedback and federal updates so check back often.
View the guide here.
NASFAA Webinar - COVID-19 and Federal Student Aid: Ongoing Coverage
Friday, May 1, 2020 | 1:00PM ET
Join NASFAA President Justin Draeger and NASFAA staff from the AskRegs and Policy teams as they review and follow up on the most recently passed COVID-19 legislation and guidance from the Department of Education, and answer some of the most common questions related to Title IV and COVID-19. Time will be provided for open Q&A during this 75-minute webinar.
Pearson Resources to Assist Transitioning Your Classes Online During COVID-19 and Beyond
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 | 2:00PM ET
Presenter: Diane Hollister, Customer Success Manager, Faculty Advisors, Pearson
Join Diane Hollister as she walks through Pearson’s website dedicated to schools moving their courses online. Diane will explore the complimentary resources available to you and your institution; to you as a parent, and to you as a person who may now be working from home. If you need to move your courses online quickly, Pearson has made available free tutorials and resources to help.
Diane is an educator at the Univ of Maine, and also manages the Pearson Faculty Advisor Program. She will show how she has used these resources as a faculty member. She will also explain how you can use these resources if you are now working from home and homeschooling. Pearson has provided resources for these life changing transitions as well.
Pearson Education is the world’s learning company operating in 70 countries. We provide content, assessment and digital services to learners, educational institutions, employers, governments and other partners globally. We are committed to helping equip learners with the skills they need to enhance their employability prospects and to succeed in the changing world of work. We believe that wherever learning flourishes so do people.
Reboot: Getting Your Marketing Ready for the Restart.
Wednesday, May 6 | 2:00PM ET
Gregory Gragg, CEO and Chairman of Gragg Advertising
Darryl Mattox, President of Gragg Advertising
Lisa Olmedo, VP of Business Development at Gragg Advertising
If you haven’t outlined a plan to reboot your marketing, you are behind the curve. The time to start planning and launching recruitment campaigns is upon us.
Eastwick College donates much-needed supplies in fight against COVID-19
Charity work and community outreach have long been central tenets at Eastwick College, a leader in higher education offering accelerated paths of study for in-demand careers in healthcare, trades, technology, and hospitality. And as part of the college’s ongoing philanthropic efforts, Eastwick has donated over $40,000 in personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical supplies to local hospitals in need during the COVID-19 crisis.
ECPI University staff honor healthcare workers in dance video – WTKR
ECPI University faculty and staff had some fun while getting through the coronavirus pandemic. They put together a video dancing to the “Cupid Shuffle” to honor Sentara Healthcare workers.
Coronavirus Education News
What’s Next: As colleges make cuts, new ways to make (and save) money emerge – Education Dive
The coronavirus pandemic is costing the sector in almost every part of its operations, but certain measures could benefit schools down the road.
Facebook is hosting a virtual graduation with Oprah as commencement speaker – CNN
Oprah Winfrey will be everyone’s graduation speaker this year, thanks to Facebook. The tech giant on Tuesday announced that it will host a virtual graduation ceremony for college seniors unable to partake in a traditional ceremony due to coronavirus.
Essential workers to get free college under new Whitmer plan – Detroit Free Press
Essential workers in Michigan would be eligible for free college under a new plan being proposed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The plan, modeled on the GI Bill, would pay for college for those front-line workers who don’t have a college degree, Whitmer said in announcing it Wednesday.
Additional Coronavirus Coverage - Updated Daily
Report: A Majority of Students Say Companies Are Unresponsive to Job Applications – Diverse; Here’s a List of Colleges’ Plans for Reopening in the Fall – The Chronicle of Higher Education; Dual enrollment carries on virtually – Community College Daily; Colleges are facing a cash crunch and it could alter campus life – CNN.
CARES Act News
For Some Financial Aid Offices the Latest Round of Federal Aid Was Not Worth the Political Headache – NASFAA
As the Department of Education (ED) continues to dole out guidance on how to utilize monies allocated under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, some institutions, facing pressure to abstain from grants due to their general financial well being, took themselves out of consideration for the funds.
DeVos Criticized on Emergency Grants – Inside Higher Ed
But while that was seen as a positive even by critics, colleges and the group representing campus financial aid administrators say the department is interpreting the language in the congressional stimulus package so narrowly that many students are being excluded from getting help.
Financial Aid/Student Loan Issues
Next Gen FSA – Additional StudentAid.gov Website Features Starting April 2020 – IFAP
On April 26, 2020, we introduced additional features designed to promote financial literacy and improve the information and self-service tools available to our customers.
Legal and Regulatory Issues
A Summary of Keyi Provisions in the Department’s Distance Education NPRM – Powers
The NPRM invites the public to submit comments on the proposed regulatory revsions, and any such comments must be received on or before May 4, 2020.
Licensing Certification and Dispersed Students, Oh My! – WCET Frontier
However, we must now address the issue of institutional management of state licensing board requirements for programs leading to professional licensure or certification.