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.
Pearson Resources to Assist Transitioning Your Classes Online During COVID-19 and Beyond
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 | 2:00PM ET
Presenter: Diane Hollister, Customer Success Manager, Faculty Advisors, Pearson
Join Diane Hollister as she walks through Pearson’s website dedicated to schools moving their courses online. Diane will explore the complimentary resources available to you and your institution; to you as a parent, and to you as a person who may now be working from home. If you need to move your courses online quickly, Pearson has made available free tutorials and resources to help.
Diane is an educator at the Univ of Maine, and also manages the Pearson Faculty Advisor Program. She will show how she has used these resources as a faculty member. She will also explain how you can use these resources if you are now working from home and homeschooling. Pearson has provided resources for these life changing transitions as well.
Pearson Education is the world’s learning company operating in 70 countries. We provide content, assessment and digital services to learners, educational institutions, employers, governments and other partners globally. We are committed to helping equip learners with the skills they need to enhance their employability prospects and to succeed in the changing world of work. We believe that wherever learning flourishes so do people.
Reboot: Getting Your Marketing Ready for the Restart.
Wednesday, May 6 | 2:00PM ET
Gregory Gragg, CEO and Chairman of Gragg Advertising
Darryl Mattox, President of Gragg Advertising
Lisa Olmedo, VP of Business Development at Gragg Advertising
If you haven’t outlined a plan to reboot your marketing, you are behind the curve. The time to start planning and launching recruitment campaigns is upon us.
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.
Coronavirus Education Politics and Policy
Durbin pitches full loan forgiveness for Corinthian, ITT Tech students in next stimulus
Sen. Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, said Monday he would push to include full loan forgiveness for students defrauded by two collapsed for-profit colleges in the next coronavirus economic rescue packages. Durbin rolled out a new legislative plan that would provide full loan forgiveness to student loan borrowers who were covered by the Education Department’s findings of misconduct against Corinthian Colleges or ITT Tech.
The Modern Wraps Up Successful Spring Semester
On April 24, The Modern College of Design successfully completed its Spring Semester. While the global pandemic caused great disruption, the students, faculty, and staff rose to the occasion and exhibited tremendous flexibility, creativity, and resiliency.
North-West College Receives CAPPS 2020 Silver Award for Excellence in Community Service
The California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS) recently named North-West College (NWC), West Covina as the Silver Award recipient for its 2020 Excellence in Community Service Awards—highlighting the College’s efforts to raise more than $25,000 to support the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
Coronavirus Education News
Private Wisconsin College Plans to Close – Inside Higher Ed
A small private college in Wisconsin is closing at the end of the summer because of several factors, including the coronavirus pandemic.
What has happened when campuses shut down for other disasters? A coronavirus case study – The Hechinger Report
Even before the coronavirus brought a halt to in-person classes nationwide this spring, some colleges and universities had confronted climate-linked natural disasters with the same dramatic effects.
Elite colleges rejected coronavirus aid. How will the Ed Dept reallocate it? – Education Dive
While federal officials pressured wealthy institutions to turn down their shares of CARES funding, they haven’t come up with a way yet to get the money to schools that need it.
Higher Education Will Be Forced to Do This Recession Differently, and That’s a Good Thing – ACE
Pre-COVID-19, students who combined work and caregiver obligations with education, so-called “post-traditional” learners, represented about 60 percent of all undergraduates, but their outcomes were generally worse than “traditional” students.
The 2008 recession completely changed what students majored in. Will coronavirus? – Quartz
If this economic slowdown follows past ones, higher education policy economists and experts say there could be another push towards majors—e.g. engineering, finance, economics, and nursing—that lead to higher-paying, stable jobs.
Three-Quarters of College Students Call Online Classes ‘Unengaging,’ Miss Campus Interactions – Campus Technology
What are the problems? Three-quarters (78 percent) called their online class experience “unengaging,” and a similar share (75 percent) reported missing face-to-face interactions with others on campus.
Additional Coronavirus Coverage
What We Lose When We Go From the Classroom to Zoom – The New York Times; With virus, U.S. higher education may face an existential moment – PBS; President Speaks: How one HBCU president managed the coronavirus shutdown – Education Dive.
Education Politics and Policy
Senator Durbin Proposes Debt Cancellation For Borrowers Defrauded By ITT Tech And Corinthian – Forbes
Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and other Democratic lawmakers unveiled a plan to provide full debt cancellation for defrauded student borrowers in the next coronavirus relief package.
House, Senate Democrats Warn DeVos Against Changing Distance Education Rules Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Today, in a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Senate HELP Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) called on the Department to delay changes to distance education rules as students and schools adapt to virtual classrooms in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Committee Democrats Call on Secretary DeVos to Fix Borrower Defense Application Process
Today, Committee on Education and Labor Democrats sent a comment letter to Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos opposing some of the Department’s proposed changes to the application to the Borrower Defense program. The Members expressed serious concerns that some of Department’s proposed changes are unnecessary and may deter applicants.
Top House Republicans Announce Probe into Chinese Efforts to Infiltrate U.S. Colleges
Today, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Republican Leader of the Committee on Education and Labor, along with top Republicans from six House committees, sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos asking for information about the Chinese Communist Party’s investment in American colleges and universities to further its strategic and propaganda goals.