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.
Template Now Available for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting – Student Portion
Last week, the U.S. Department of Education announced new reporting requirements for institutions of higher education that received their student portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. To support the sector, CECU has developed a reporting template that institutions can use to meet the Department’s initial 30-day reporting deadline. For some institutions, the reporting deadline could be this week!
“Stronger, Safer: The New Normal” Webinar Series Presented by KACCS
Running May 11 - June 22
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.
Coronavirus Education News
We’re Tracking Employees Laid Off or Furloughed by Colleges – The Chronicle of Higher Education
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in early May provided us with a first glimpse of the carnage the virus has wrought on workers who draw paychecks from American colleges.
A Playbook for a Second-Choice Fall – Inside Higher Ed
If physical campuses cannot open, here’s how colleges can replicate what makes their in-person experience so valuable, according to the research firm Eduventures.
Additional Coronavirus Coverage - Updated Daily
Protecting Students & Taxpayers in the Federal Higher Ed Response to COVID-19 – Third Way; Most College Students Expect to Head Back to School in the Fall – Campus Technology; California State University stays online in fall 2020 – UB
CARES Act News
Congress Set Aside $6 Billion for Emergency Grants for College Students. Here’s Who Is Getting the Aid – Money
Many institutions only received their portion of the money from the government in past week or so. As of Monday, the Education Department says it has issued $5.6 billion, about 90% of the total.
Coronavirus Education Politics and Policy
Alexander on Fox News: We Will Go Back To Work and Back To School State By State
U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today joined FOX News’ “America’s Newsroom” to discuss efforts to ramp up COVID-19 testing to allow students to go back to school this fall, and his work as chairman of the Senate health committee during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Readout from the Vice President’s Discussion with Higher Education Leaders
Today, Vice President Mike Pence led a discussion with higher education leaders from across the country to discuss the all-of-America approach to respond to COVID-19 and drive America’s phased economic revival.
Interstate group mulls contentious changes to state oversight of online colleges – Education Dive
NC-SARA, the group overseeing how distance education is offered across state lines in most of the U.S., left several contentious policy changes unresolved at its board meeting last week.
Regional Publics, Small Privates Most Likely to Face Financial Challenges – Inside Higher Ed
About four in 10 colleges and universities whose debt Moody’s Investors Service rates are positioned well financially during the coronavirus crisis, one in 10 are heavily exposed to challenges and the remaining half face differing degrees of stress.