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.
“Stronger, Safer: The New Normal” Webinar Series Presented by KACCS
Noted lecturers, authors and legal experts Dr. Wallace K. Pond and Yolanda Gallegos, Esq., in collaboration with Anthony S. Bieda, public policy authority and KACCS Executive Director, present a series of webinars on the “Stronger, Safer New Normal” confronting career colleges and schools at a time of teaching, guiding and serving students from a distance.
Legal and Regulatory Issues
U.S. Department of Education Issues Final Title IX Regulations Reflecting Major Changes for Handling Campus Sexual Misconduct - faegre drinker
ECPI University adds new features to prepare student nurses for COVID-19 frontlines – WSLS
Classes are now virtual and instructors are honing in on respiratory assessments, knowing the signs and symptoms of respiratory distress and how to treat it. This academic term, the university implemented a pandemic simulation where instructors are the patients students need to treat.
Top Higher Ed Groups Create New DACA Resources Website – Diverse
Several influential higher education groups have created a new website, ‘Remember the Dreamers’, that will provide information and resources for students and institutions on what efforts are being made to help Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, students.
Rasmussen College Launches First Campus-Based Medical Assisting Diploma Competency-Based Education (CBE) Program
Rasmussen College, a regionally accredited private college, today announced the launch of its new campus-based Medical Assisting Diploma competency-based education (CBE) program at its Kansas City/Overland Park campus.
U.S. Higher Education: Too Big Not To Fail? – Forbes
As someone who has researched American higher education for the past three decades, one thing I can tell you is that it involves a lot of numbers. A lot of graphs. A lot of percentages.
Part 1: Confused About What Free College Entails? So Is Everyone Else – NASFAA
For months, the debate over the merits and drawbacks of “free college” has saturated the news cycle, 2020 presidential campaign trail, think tank discussions, and college campuses.
Parenting While In College: Basic Needs Insecurity Among Students With Children – Hope 4 College
At least one in five of today’s college students is parenting a child while enrolled in classes.1 If these parenting students complete their degrees, both they and their children could expect improved social, economic, and health outcomes.
Coronavirus Education News
Student mental health has ‘significantly worsened’ during pandemic – UB
The damage done to students’ mental health by the coronavirus outbreak and ensuing college closures has surprised even researchers at a student advocacy organization.
How The Pandemic Could Forever Change Higher Education – Forbes
With a positive outlook, this crisis can be viewed as a sort of “bypass” button for the application of technological processes and thought patterns that would have taken many more years to adopt in a time of relative peace.
Colleges Want No Repeat of the Last Recession’s Cuts – Inside Higher Ed
During the last recession more than a decade ago, states slashed about $33 billion in funding for the nation’s colleges and universities from 2008 to 2012.
Big Proctor – Inside Higher Ed
Online proctoring has surged during the coronavirus pandemic, and so too have concerns about the practice, in which students take exams under the watchful eyes (human or automated) of third-party programs.
Additional Coronavirus Coverage
Summer Gigs For Students Are Scarce. Think Like an Entrepreneur and Build Your Own. – EdSurge; Songs and Snapchat filters spruce up universities’ virtual graduations – ed scoop; Will others follow UC San Diego’s plan to widely test for coronavirus – EdSource.