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.
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.
Legal and Regulatory Issues
FAQs: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund and Emergency Financial Aid Grants under the CARES Act – U.S. Department of the Treasury
On May 7, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service released guidance on the taxability of the emergency financial aid grants under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act. In a FAQ, the IRS states that the “[e]mergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act for unexpected expenses, unmet financial need, or expenses related to the disruption of campus operations on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as unexpected expenses for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, or childcare, are qualified disaster relief payments under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code. This grant is not includible in your gross income.”
U.S. Department of Education Issues Final Title IX Regulations Reflecting Major Changes for Handling Campus Sexual Misconduct - faegre dinner
U.S. Department Of Education Releases Interim Reporting Instructions For HEERF Emergency Student Grant Funds - Maynard Cooper Gale
HMBR Issues Comprehensive Summary Of New Title IX Regulations - HMBR
CARES Act News
Lincoln Students Receive CARES Act Support
Lincoln Educational Services Corporation (NASDAQ: LINC), a national leader in specialized automotive, skilled trades and allied health career training, has begun distributing CARES Act funds to eligible students from its 22 campuses nationwide.
ED Requires Public Disclosure of CARES Student Grant Use, Inviting Scrutiny for Schools – CooleyEd
The Department of Education issued guidance directing postsecondary institutions to publicly disclose on their websites detailed information and data on how they allocate emergency student grant funding under the CARES Act’s HEERF.
House Dems Want More Education Spending in Stimulus – Inside Higher Ed
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are planning to propose adding more money for education aid for states in the next coronavirus relief package, a House Democratic aide told Inside Higher Ed.
Coronavirus Education News
Considerations for Reopening Institutions of Higher Education in the COVID-19 Era – ACHA
IHEs should view these guidelines and evaluate the feasibility of these recommendations in the light of their own campus environment, community resources, public health capacity, demographics, internal resources, and risk tolerance. As the pandemic continues, additional guidance will be forthcoming from ACHA.
Reopening the Workplace During the COVID-19 Pandemic: What Employers Need to Know – Duane Morris
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has provided guidance for employers to help them meet these obligations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Taking Another Crack at Measuring Colleges’ Financial Strength – Inside Higher Ed
Amid debate over government financial responsibility scores, a company estimates the coronavirus pandemic drove a 47 percent increase in private colleges at risk of closure.
U Arizona Launches Global Campus with 73 Locations
The University of Arizona has expedited plans to launch a global campus, involving other institutions of higher education on five continents, to reach international students whose plans have been disrupted by COVID-19-induced campus closures, international travel restrictions or visa moratoriums.
Additional Coronavirus Coverage - Updated Daily
UC San Diego to mass test students for the novel coronavirus – Los Angeles Times; Fraud, Survival, And Innovation: The Era Of Financial Crisis And COVID-1 – Forbes; Panopto Launches Free Tool for Recording and Sharing Presentations – Campus Technology.
Education Politics and Policy
Alexander: All Roads Back to Work and Back to School Lead Through Testing
Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said “all roads back to work and back to school lead through testing.”
New bill would give essential workers $25K for tuition, student loans – Yahoo Finance
As Congress eyes the next phase of coronavirus relief, some lawmakers want to help pay frontline workers’ student loans or higher education costs. “Grocery clerks didn’t take that job at relatively modest wages thinking they were saving the world,” said Rep. Ann Kuster (D-NH) in an interview with Yahoo Finance.
Colleges, Universities Push for Revenue Accounting Delay – Bloomberg Tax
Colleges and universities should get more time to overhaul how they report the top line in their income statements, a large higher education group told U.S. accounting rulemakers.
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