COVID-19 Resources & Webinars
CECU’s Coronavirus webpage includes a multitude of helpful resources to assist higher education leaders understand the various legal and operational implications of COVID-19, including temporarily closing a campus or adapting courses to online learning.
View all past COVID-19 response webinars here.
Guide for the Distribution of the Student and Institutional Portions of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund
First published on April 13, 2020 to address the student portion of the HEERF, this CECU-developed guide was updated on May 5, 2020 to include a new section describing how institutions should manage the institutional share of funds. With the recent update, this guide now comprises three distinct sections detailing the student and institutional portions of the HEERF as well as additional resources for school leaders.
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 authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). Starting the week of April 13, 2020, institutions are provided the opportunity to direct critical Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”) grants to those eligible students most impacted by the pandemic. This guide, developed with the assistance of sector leaders, supports institutions in understanding what they should know regarding the student and institutional portions of the HEERF, provides example formulas for the distribution of emergency financial aid grants to students, includes a sample grant application form, and lists general principles institutions should consider. This guide will be updated regularly based on ongoing stakeholder feedback and federal updates, so institutions are encouraged to check back often.
View the guide here.
Template Now Available for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting – Student Portion
Last week, the U.S. Department of Education announced new reporting requirements for institutions of higher education that received their student portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. To support the sector, CECU has developed a reporting template that institutions can use to meet the Department’s initial 30-day reporting deadline. For some institutions, the reporting deadline could be this week!
How to ensure your online courses are demonstrating accountability, tracking and outcomes
Tuesday, May 12 | 2:00PM ET
Presenters: Bellus Academy & Coursekey
Not only are schools now forced to move their programs entirely online, but official guidelines from the Department of Education and accreditors are constantly changing in response to the pandemic. Join us to learn how Bellus Academy made the move to online courses quickly and seamlessly by taking a compliance-focused approach. Now, they can focus on quality content delivery and student support knowing that their system is tracking the appropriate data to ensure they stay in compliance through shifting guidelines.
“Stronger, Safer: The New Normal” Webinar Series Presented by KACCS
Noted lecturers, authors and legal experts Dr. Wallace K. Pond and Yolanda Gallegos, Esq., in collaboration with Anthony S. Bieda, public policy authority and KACCS Executive Director, present a series of webinars on the “Stronger, Safer New Normal” confronting career colleges and schools at a time of teaching, guiding and serving students from a distance.
CARES Act News
Reimagining Career Education – Inside Higher Ed
The U.S. Department of Education also is planning to distribute $127.5 million as part of its Reimagining Workforce Preparation grant program. But the department so far has released scant information about what sort of programs the grants should be used to fund, and through what sort of institutions.
North-West College to Host First SUCCESS Talk Featuring Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul Nassif, Star of Botched on E! TV
On Thursday, May 14 at 4 p.m. (PST), North-West College (NWC) will host its inaugural SUCCESS Talk with internationally known facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Paul Nassif. College students, Team Members, and interested guests will be able to watch the event live via Zoom to hear Dr. Nassif’s take on navigating the coronavirus outbreak along with the opportunities in health care going forward.
WyoTech reopening Monday – Laramie Boomerang
WyoTech is set to open its instructional facilities Monday after leadership announced a new protocol was developed to ensure the safety of students and faculty in response to COVID-19.
Coronavirus Education News
Senator Alexander: Testing Levels Inadequate to Open Campuses - Inside Higher Ed
But Alexander said current testing capacity remains inadequate for reopening large college and university campuses for in-person instruction.
11 Considerations for Resuming In-Person Instruction in the COVID-19 Era – Campus Technology
A new set of guidelines from the American College Health Association (ACHA) has provided a run-down of key considerations for safely reopening institutions of higher education as the COVID-19 pandemic slows. The recommendations covered multiple areas, from teaching and learning to student health services, housing and athletics.
Higher ed’s top lobbyist discusses coronavirus, Congress and changes ahead – Education Dive
A national emergency “pretty much obliterates the future,” says Terry Hartle, of the American Council on Education. Here’s what he’s focusing on.
Additional Coronavirus Coverage - Updated Daily
A Better Formula for Higher Education’s Federal Coronavirus Funding – Center for American Progress; How 3 small colleges in turnaround mode are adapting to the pandemic – Education Dive; Community Colleges Got Disproportionately Less in CARES Act – Inside Higher Ed.
Coronavirus Legal and Regulatory Issues
Making Clery Act notifications during COVID-19 – Thompson Coburn LLP
To satisfy this emergency notification requirement, the Department indicated that an institution should inform students and employees about COVID-19 and necessary health and safety precautions, as well as encouraging them to obtain information from health care providers, state health authorities, and the CDC’s COVID-19 website.
Emergency Grants: Congress Must Step In – Inside Higher Ed
But even after all of the funds are disbursed, the program will be overshadowed by implementation challenges caused by the U.S. Department of Education that will require a congressional fix.
Part 2: Can We Afford Free College? Nailing Down Who Foots the Bill in an Economic Downturn – NASFAA
This article focuses on the funding mechanisms for free college programs, how different programs are supported, and the financial implications of what presidential candidates are proposing.
Ohio State University will pay $41 million to settle lawsuits over doctor’s abuse – CNN
The settlement covers 12 lawsuits related to Dr. Richard Strauss, who is believed to have sexually abused at least 177 students at the university when he worked there between 1978 and 1998.
IRAPs rule kicks in – Community College Daily
Organizations, including community colleges, can now apply to serve as third-party entities that would review applications for new industry-recognized apprenticeship programs, or IRAPs.