CECU Applauds the Department of Veterans Affairs Standing up for Veterans
Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU) praised the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Benefits Administration for their recent decision to suspend approval of new enrollments for the education and training of Veterans at five universities following alleged abuses by those institutions.
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Measure to Protect GI Bill Recipients Amid Closures - Inside Higher Ed
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs would have the discretion not to reduce GI Bill benefits for student veterans if their colleges or universities close or go online only during the coronavirus pandemic, under a bill proposed Wednesday in the U.S. Congress.
Lawmakers move to protect GI Bill payouts amid college coronavirus closings – Military Times
Student veterans whose colleges shift to online classes in response to the coronavirus outbreak would have their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits protected under legislation introduced in the House on Wednesday.
Coronavirus Has Led to a Rush of Online Teaching. Here’s Some Advice for Newly Remote Instructors – EdSurge
Stachowiak says that just lecturing to a webcam instead of an in-person class isn’t the best way to teach online, but it is the easiest way to switch.
Issuance of Dear CPA Letter CPA-20-01, Site Visit Exemption During COVID-19 Outbreak – IFAP
This letter provides for a limited exemption from the site visit requirement during the outbreak of COVID-19 “Coronavirus” for audits conducted using the September 2016 Audit Guide, Guide for Audits of Proprietary Schools and For Compliance Attestation Engagements of Third-Party Servicers Administering Title IV Programs (Audit Guide).
How is the coronavirus impacting colleges and universities? – Education Dive
As classes go online and campuses close, we’re gathering our coverage of key regulatory guidance and advice for equitable and accessible instruction online.
Additional Coronavirus Coverage - Updated
The Campus Closure Divide – Inside Higher Ed; How to Manage COVID-19 Related Offers to Help from OPMs – Inside Higher Ed; Why Coronavirus Looks Like a ‘Black Swan’ Moment for Higher Ed – The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Education Politics and Policy
Senate Republicans Join Democrats in Rejecting DeVos’s Borrower-Defense Rules – The Chronicle of Higher Education
Senators voted 53 to 42 on a bill to revoke the Education Department’s new “borrower defense” regulations, which are set to take effect in July. Ten Republicans in that chamber’s majority voted to approve the legislation, sponsored by Sen. Dick Durbin, Democrat of Illinois.
Additional Coverage on Senate vote to overturn DeVos’ Borrower Defense Rule
GOP-Led Senate Joins House in Rebuking DeVos on Loan Forgiveness – Inside Higher Ed; Republican Sen. Rob Portman backs Democrats on student loan forgiveness vote – cleveland.com; Senate Votes to Block Trump Administration Borrower Defense Rule – NASFAA.
ICYMI - DeVos rebuked in bipartisan Senate vote over limiting student debt relief – Politico
Ten Republican senators broke with the Trump administration and joined with Democrats on a 53-42 vote to overturn DeVos’ rewrite of the Obama-era “borrower defense” rule, which governs debt relief for students whose colleges engaged in misconduct.
ICYMI - Chairman Scott Statement on Senate Voting to Reverse DeVos’ Harmful Borrower Defense Rule
Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Senate passed S.J.Res.56, the Senate version of House Democrats’ first use of the Congressional Review Act that reverses the Department of Education’s Borrower Defense rule, which would deny debt relief to students defrauded by predatory colleges.
ICYMI - Senate Rejects DeVos Rule Restricting Debt Relief for Bilked Students – The New York Times
A bipartisan majority in the Senate voted to strike an Education Department rule that would make it more difficult for students swindled by colleges to obtain loan forgiveness.
Legal and Regulatory Issues
What Qualifies as Harassment? – Inside Higher Ed
A federal appellate court’s decision could put more weight on universities to prevent further sexual harassment of students after they make a complaint to Title IX officials.
Financial Aid/Student Loan Issues
CFPB, Education Department Reach Agreement to Police Student Loan Servicers – Politico
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kathy Kraninger on Tuesday said her agency had reached an agreement with the Education Department to conduct “joint” oversight of the companies that collect federal student loans.
Adults with No College Experience Far Less Likely to Want More Education – Campus Technology
Among adult learners, people with no college experience at all are far less likely to want to return to school — even if time or money were no object.