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.
Coping with COVID-19: SBA Updates on CARES Act Programs to Help Small Businesses and Non-Profits
Friday, April 17, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (EDT)
Join Antonio Doss, District Director of the Washington Metropolitan Area District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), as he and his team conduct a webinar to discuss the financial tools and resources now available to help small businesses and non-profits navigate today's unprecedented economic challenges.
Get answers to questions like these:
Which SBA programs do I qualify for through the CARES Act and how can they help me sustain my operations? What's the difference between an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan? Can I apply for both? What portion of these loans are forgivable? What are my options if I'm a sole proprietor or an independent contractor? Who can I contact if I need assistance with the application process?
Step 1: Dial into the conference.
Dial-in: 1-877-369-5243 or 1-617-668-3633
Access Code: 0262739##
Step 2: Join the conference on your computer.
Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/824808
NASFAA Webinar - COVID-19 and Federal Student Aid: The Latest Information (April 17)
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.
Retraining Workers Is the Key to Solving Job Needs
Millions of people have already been laid off in the hospitality, transportation and retail industries. At the same time, Amazon and Walmart have announced they are hiring 250,000 new employees to meet unprecedented demand. The health care sector, where demand has long outpaced national employment growth, needs wartime levels of talent and support.
Recent nursing grad ready to head to the front lines and help treat COVID-19 patients – ABC Columbia
“I just wanted, as a child, to be able to do something to make not only my own family members better, but just my community in general,” said Monai Tantype, a recent graduate of ECPI University’s nursing program in Columbia.
Coronavirus Remote Learning
DEEP DIVE Community college students struggle for clinical hours as classes go online – Education Dive
Healthcare students are eager to combat the coronavirus, but they’ve been sidelined by campus closures and shelter-in-place orders.
5 Low-Tech, Time-Saving Ways to Teach Online During Covid-19 – The Chronicle of Higher Education
Many academics seem to think they’re doomed to this mentally draining existence until the end of the semester, or beyond. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Coursera Machine Learning Tool Matches On-Campus Courses with MOOC Resources – Campus Technology
Coursera has introduced a new tool that helps universities identify courses on the company’s online learning platform that most closely match their on-campus offerings.
5 education issues to watch that aren’t the coronavirus – Politico
Here are our top five education policy issues that we were keeping an eye on before the coronavirus, and that remain prominent even as the nation continues to struggle. Highlights are below.
New Digital Tool Seeks to Guide Students Through Process of Writing Appeal Letters – NASFAA
The Seldin/Haring-Smith Foundation (SHSF) today launched SwiftStudent, a free digital tool designed to help college students seeking adjustments to their financial aid packages. Powered by FormSwift, SwiftStudent guides college students through the formal process of requesting additional financial aid when their economic circumstances have changed.
Coronavirus Education News
Counting on Employer-Paid Tuition Is Hardly a Safe Strategy Anymore. What Now? – The Chronicle of Higher Education
That’s raising important questions about colleges’ and society’s reliance on employer-paid tuition programs as a way of serving working adults now that millions of them are suddenly cut off from their jobs.
Students are suing colleges to demand their tuition and fees back – CBS News
Liberty University should return room and board payments to students because most no longer live on campus or participate in student activities, a lawsuit filed this week argues.
College Credit in the Time of Coronavirus – Inside Higher Ed
Major higher education groups have come together to urge colleges to be flexible and transparent when accepting credits in light of the public health pandemic.
Additional Coronavirus Coverage - Updated Daily
At-Home SAT Tests? If COVID-19 Closures Continue, College Board Says Yes – EdSurge; As Pandemic Persists, Colleges Consider Options for the Fall – EdSurge; How to Responsibly Reopen Colleges in the Fall – Inside Higher Ed.
How Will the Next Recession Impact U.S. College Enrollment, Persistence and Completions? – Yahoo Finance
National Student Clearinghouse Research Center data may help clarify how postsecondary pathways transpire during a recession and shed light for institutional and public policy makers to craft effective responses to respond to today’s uncertain times.