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.
Accessing and Using Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds for Students and Institutions
Friday, April 24 | 12:00PM ET
Presenter: Nicholas Kent, Senior Vice President of Policy and Research, CECU
On April 9, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education posted the process by which institutions of higher education could apply for and distribute approximately $6.2 billion in emergency financial aid grants to students that are made available under the CARES Act. On Tuesday afternoon, the Department issued new guidance responding to some of the most common questions related to an institution’s 50 percent direct-to-student allocation as well as announced that institutions can now apply for the remaining $6.2 billion institutional share of funds. Join CECU for an overview of the Department’s most recent guidelines on how to access and use the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund allocations, as well as best practices institutions should consider when managing these critical stabilization supports. Although time is allotted for live Q&A, attendees are encouraged to submit questions ahead of time to through the webinar registration form.
"Coping with COVID-19" Financial Resources Webinar for Small Businesses & Private Non-profits
Friday, April 24 | 1:00PM ET
Join Lender Relations Specialist Rod Johnson of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), as he and DC SCORE conduct a follow-up session to last week's webinar on the financial tools and resources being made available to help small businesses and non-profits navigate today's unprecedented economic crisis.
Creating the Right Method to distribute the Emergency Grant Funds to our Students
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 2:00PM ET
Is there a “right way” or “best formula” for allocating the federal grant funds to our students? How does one create something that is fair to all students while still prioritizing those students most in need? How do we distribute such funds over time in ways that meets the students’ needs while protecting the program’s intent?
Many schools have asked for additional guidance on the best way to allocate these funds and the ability to talk directly with other school leaders. As you prepare for receipt – and then distribution – of your school’s allocation, we have brought together a panel of school leaders who have carefully created a distribution process appropriate to their school.
Duncan Anderson, Education Affiliates
Mitchell Fuerst, Success Education Colleges
Nick Mansour, Arizona College
This conversation will be moderated by Nicholas Kent, Senior VP for Regulations and Research, who is managing CECU’s COVID-19 Response.
A Town Hall Conversation: The State of the Sector in the Midst of COVID-19
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 2:00PM ET
Join CECU’s senior leadership to get a current update on major challenges and opportunities for our sector moving into the summer and fall. We’ll share the results of a recent survey of the sector showing significant differences in the impact of the shutdown based on geography and academic programs. We’ll give you the current and projected legislative and regulatory activity. We’ll look at CECU’s current and future professional development programming – future webinars, a new Virtual Convention, and the fall CEO Summit.
Steve Gunderson, President & CEO
Steve Gonzalez, SVP for Government, Military and Veteran Relations
Nicholas Kent, SVP for Policy and Research
Kelley Blanchard, SVP for Professional Development and Engagement
Following brief presentations, the conversation will be defined by questions and comments from those participating in this webinar.
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.
Legal and Regulatory Issues
Considerations for Colleges and Universities Facing Class Action Refund Lawsuits From Students – Faegre Drinker
Just as students, faculty and administrators adjust to their new reality, a spate of lawsuits has been filed against colleges and universities — increasing a trend of student litigation growing since before COVID-19 — resulting from coronavirus-related changes to their programs.
AACS Government Relations Chairman Responds to Inside Higher Ed – AACS
Thank you for writing an article that, at least, tried to be fair and balanced. I would like to address a few aspects of the story that I believe portrayed our schools in a less than favorable light. To begin with, my name is spelled Neal.
Financial Aid and Student Loan Issues
FY 2017 Cohort Default Rate Deadline Modification and Update on Federal Work-Study Community Service Waivers Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) – IFAP
This announcement provides information specific to Cohort Default Rates (CDRs) and Federal Work-Study (FWS) community service requirements and provides for flexibilities due to the declaration of the COVID-19 national emergency.
Is the Pell Grant Reserve Fund in Trouble? – NASFAA
And with more than 20 million Americans filing for unemployment benefits in the last few weeks in response to the ongoing pandemic, an uptick in Pell Grant recipients is almost sure to follow.
Escoffier Launches Free e-Learning Partnership With Hospitality Industry
Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, a leading accredited provider of online and campus-based culinary training and education, announced relief and support for the hard hit hospitality industry in the form of free access to its proprietary e-Learning tools.
Southern Careers Institute Adapts its Training Programs for Responsible Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Southern Careers Institute ends the first cycle of courses under the new hybrid and online instruction model implemented as part of a plan to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.
Coronavirus Education News
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) now maintains an online list of active Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) lenders, organized by state visit https://www.sba.gov/document/support--paycheck-protection-program-participating-lenders to view the list of PPP lenders.
For information about all of SBA's Coronavirus/COVID-19 relief options, please visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options.
As a reminder, one-on-one small business coaching is available at NO COST via telephone and/or video chat through SBA's trusted network of resource providers. Please refer to the 2020 Washington Metropolitan Area Small Business Resource Guide (pages 10-12) for additional details and contact information.
Seeking $15B for workforce development – Community College Daily
Twenty-two Senate Democrats and Independents want to include at least $15.1 billion for workforce development and career and technical education in the next coronavirus relief bill.
College And University Presidents Respond To COVID-19: April 2020 Survey – ACE
In early April, ACE fielded the first of 12 monthly Pulse Point surveys to gather presidents’ insights and experiences with COVID-19 and its effects on their institutions and the larger higher education landscape.
Desperate for students, colleges resort to previously banned recruiting tactics – The Hechinger Report
The more they worry about whether students in this year of the coronavirus will show up in the fall, the more admissions officers responsible for filling seats at colleges and universities have started sounding like the salesmen on late-night TV infomercials.
Why Is Zoom So Exhausting? – The Chronicle of Higher Education
In this anxious and isolating time, Zoom — the brand name now used as a shorthand to describe a whole technology (videoconferencing) — has emerged as a stand-in for just about every interaction that would normally be happening face to face or handled with a quick email.
What’s Next: Colleges take mental healthcare online, but barriers remain – Education Dive
Counseling centers share three ways they are reaching students who may struggle to access the services because of the pandemic.
Here’s a List of Colleges’ Plans for Reopening in the Fall – The Chronicle of Higher Education
The coronavirus pandemic has left college leaders facing difficult decisions about when to reopen campuses and how to go about it. The Chronicle is tracking individual colleges’ plans.
Will this semester forever alter college? No, but some virtual tools will stick around – The Hechinger Report
The disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic has prompted cobbled-together responses ranging from the absurd to the ingenious at colleges and universities struggling to continue teaching even as their students have receded into diminutive images, in dire need of haircuts, on videoconference checkerboards.
DeVos: Dreamers and Other Undocumented College Students not Eligible for Federal Emergency Aid – The 74; For Southern New Hampshire, the future of the campus may be online – Education Dive; Community colleges could see a surge in popularity amid Covid-19 – CNBC.
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