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.
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.
NASFAA Webinar - COVID-19 and Federal Student Aid: Ongoing Coverage
Friday, May 1, 2020 | 1:00PM ET
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. Time will be provided for open Q&A during this 75-minute webinar.
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.
Pima Medical Institute in Colorado Springs donates supplies, including thermometers to CSPD – The Gazette
Pima Medical Institute in Colorado Springs, along with campuses in Denver and Aurora, donated thousands of N95 and surgical masks and other supplies, as well as loaned five ventilators to University Hospital Longs Peak and the Medical Center of Aurora.
Coronavirus Education News
More Cause for Concern About Fall Enrollment – Inside Higher Ed
One in six students who’d planned to attend four-year colleges full-time no longer plan to do so, private polling says. Data show cause for concern even about those who’ve already put down deposits.
How College Students Manage Coronavirus Stress – U.S. News
But the additional stress placed on students has left some struggling to manage their mental health during home quarantines, social distancing and missed milestones like graduation.
College enrollment likely to drop as schools consider staying closed until 2021 – CNBC
Colleges haven’t said for certain what the upcoming year will look like, in part because they fear that online learning will drive students away. If they can’t maintain fall enrollment numbers, many schools could be financially devastated.
Additional Coronavirus Coverage
Lingering challenges with distance learning – Community College Daily; President Speaks: COVID-19 lessons are preparing community colleges to better serve their communities – Education Dive; What Higher Education Can Take From COVID-19 – The evolllution
Coronavirus Education Politics and Policy
Democrats: DeVos overstepped by blocking emergency aid to undocumented college students – Politico
Congressional Democrats say Education Secretary Betsy DeVos exceeded her authority by cutting undocumented college students out of access to emergency federal aid to cover expenses like food, housing and child care.
Secretary DeVos Launches New Grant Competition to Spark Student-Centered, Agile Learning Opportunities to Support Recovery from National Emergency
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today more than $300 million in discretionary grant funds will be available for states to use to create adaptable, innovative learning opportunities for K-12 and postsecondary learners in response to the COVID-19 national emergency.
Grants to states for short-term programs – Community College Daily
The U.S. Education Department will make available $127.5 million in coronavirus relief funding to states for short-term postsecondary programs and work-based learning programs.
Why universities may face lawsuits related to the coronavirus – Politico
Your host chatted with Keller, co-chair of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s higher education practice and K-12 schools practice, about potential lawsuits universities could face as the pandemic has upended traditional higher education.
San Francisco Art Institute Will Remain Open, Board Says – Inside Higher Ed
The San Francisco Art Institute Board of Trustees confirmed Monday that the institute will continue to offer online and on-site classes through next year while it launches a “campaign to reset and reinvent the school’s business model.”
How Guild Education is making continuing education a workplace perk – Fast Company
The company—a winner of Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards—helps its clients like Chipotle, Disney, and Walmart offer free or reduced higher education to their employees, reducing turnover and helping career advancement.