COVID-19 Resources & Webinars
On March 13, 2020, CECU launched an information webpage for institutions responding to the Coronavirus pandemic. 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
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting – Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students
Published on May 6, 2020, this electronic announcement from the Office of Postsecondary Education describes initial reporting requirements and submission deadlines for postsecondary institutions that receive an allocation under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund for emergency financial aid grants to students.
CARES Act News
ED Releases Interim Reporting Guidelines for Student Portion of the CARES Act Emergency Relief Fund – NASFAA
While ED develops a process for institutions to directly provide the required reporting data, it has in the meantime called for institutions to make easily accessible to the public — via the institution’s website — the following items.
Windfall for Small Colleges – Inside Higher Ed
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is coming under fire for spreading millions in stimulus aid to institutions with barely any students, while other colleges struggle.
Coronavirus Education News
Hardest-Hit Industries and Job Plans of Workers – Inside Higher Ed
New survey data show that nearly three in four leisure and hospitality workers have lost jobs, income or hours as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Over all, more than 50 percent of Americans report the same.
What’s Next: Changes in disability services could add more flexibility – Education Dive
As the coronavirus took hold in the U.S., colleges’ disability services offices were busy helping with the rapid shift online. Often, they only had days to contact faculty members to confirm students with disabilities had what they needed to continue classes remotely.
Experts Predict Second Wave For Coronavirus: Will College Campuses Really Reopen In The Fall? – Forbes
During a recent webinar for the Economic Club of Washington, Dr. Anthony Fauci said, “I’m almost certain [the coronavirus] will come back, because the virus is so transmissible.”
How will online education evolve? Coursera’s Leah Belsky has a few ideas – ZD Net
We caught up with Leah Belsky, chief enterprise officer of Coursera, to talk about online education trends today and tomorrow. Here are some of the takeaways from our video chat.
Additional Coronavirus Coverage - Updated Daily
MOOCs Gain Pickup, Respond to COVID-19 – Campus Technology; 5 steps for making online learning sound great – UB; How colleges are beginning to teach about coronavirus – UB.
Education Politics and Policy
What Colleges Need to Know About the New Title IX Rules – The Chronicle of Higher Education
College officials have been anticipating the new rules for more than a year. Many fear that the mandates are too burdensome and could dissuade sexual-assault victims from coming forward.
Additional Coverage on the Title IX Rule
Foxx Statement on Education Department’s Title IX Rule; Scott, Nadler Statement on Education Department’s Final Title IX Rule; Biden vows ’quick end’ to DeVos’ sexual misconduct rule – Politico
ICYMI - Secretary DeVos Takes Historic Action to Strengthen Title IX Protections for All Students
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos took historic action today to strengthen Title IX protections for survivors of sexual misconduct and to restore due process in campus proceedings to ensure all students can pursue an education free from sex discrimination.
Valley technology university targeted by scammer – 12News
The University of Advancing Technology in Tempe is warning the public about a phishing scam that almost fooled its accounting department.
University of Phoenix and Blackboard Announce Free Virtual Teaching Academy to Address Massive Change in K-12 Education Delivery Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Presented by the Alliance for Virtual Learning, a new collective of K-12 and virtual learning experts dedicated to helping schools navigate the new normal and achieve student success.
Financial Aid and Student Loan Issues
FAFSA Renewal Declines Have More Than Doubled Since Before Pandemic – NASFAA
Through April 15, there were 4.7% fewer FAFSA renewals — more than 350,000 returning students — this cycle than last, according to NCAN’s dashboard tracking FAFSA renewal and completion data.