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Unreleased CDC Document on Campus Reopening – Inside Higher Ed

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hasn’t made public a document with information that could aid colleges and universities as they devise plans for reopening in the fall, The New York Times reported Friday. The 69-page document, obtained by the Times and marked “For Internal Use Only,” was intended for federal public health response More Info »

Update on Required CARES Act Quarterly Reporting – IFAP

Section 15011 of Division B of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act requires that a grantee which receives more than $150,000 report to the U.S. Department of Education (Department) on a quarterly basis. The Department, after consultation with the Office of Management and Budget, currently interprets this CARES Act quarterly reporting requirement More Info »

ADDITIONAL regulatory flexibilities related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) – IFAP

The Department understands that postsecondary institutions and their students continue to face challenges because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This guidance provides additional regulatory flexibilities in accordance with President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 on March 13, 2020 and the authority provided to the Secretary of Education in the Coronavirus More Info »

This University Was Allotted More Cares Act Money Than Any Other. None of It Has Gone to Students. – The Chronicle of Higher Education

When Arizona State University transitioned to online-only classes in March, Ja’Mya Williams’s grades began to fall. Without a laptop, the campus library, and her after-class tutoring, the freshman biological-sciences major was forced to complete her assignments on her cellphone or at her friend’s house, and struggled to keep up with her honors-level courses. In order More Info »

Mitchell, Krishnamoorthi, Stefanik, and Harder Announce that the College Transparency Act has the Support of the Majority of the House of Representatives

WASHINGTON – Today, Reps. Paul Mitchell (R-MI), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), and Josh Harder (D-CA) announced more than half of the House of Representatives have now cosponsored the College Transparency Act (H.R. 1766). The bipartisan bill will provide students and families with the data they need to make informed choices about post-secondary education. More Info »

Defrauded Student Loan Borrowers Win, but Still Lose – The New York Times

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is denying huge batches of relief requests from students whose schools defrauded them. Even those who aren’t denied are getting very little — or sometimes nothing. When Albert Paul Cruz opened a letter from the Education Department last month, he saw the words he’d been waiting for: “We approved your claim.” More Info »

Survey: College leaders fear students won’t follow social distancing guidelines – Education Dive

Dive Brief: Roughly three-quarters of college leaders surveyed said their greatest concern about maintaining social distancing is that students won’t follow guidelines in campus housing. Consultant EAB polled 69 college administrators. It found more than half (57%) were concerned about enforcing social distancing measures in campus common areas. About an equal share (52%) were worried More Info »

With a degree no longer enough, job candidates are told to prove their skills in tests – The Hechinger Report

Instead of relying on credentials, more employers want applicants to show their stuff Among the many frustrations ahead for millions of Americans thrown out of work by the pandemic is one that may surprise them: To get a new job, it’s increasingly likely they will have to take a test. As the number of candidates More Info »

Legal Challenges on Many Fronts – Inside Higher Ed

Four lawsuits have been filed against new Department of Education regulations for how colleges must respond to sexual misconduct on campus. The lawsuits question the merits of the regulations and seek to block their implementation. The Aug. 14 deadline for colleges and universities to implement new federal requirements for responding to reports of sexual misconduct More Info »

Trump tells Treasury to review universities’ tax exempt status – The Hill

President Trump on Friday threatened the tax-exempt status of and funding for universities and colleges, claiming that “too many” schools are driven by “radical left indoctrination.” “Therefore, I am telling the Treasury Department to re-examine their Tax-Exempt Status and/or Funding, which will be taken away if this Propaganda or Act Against Public Policy continues,” Trump More Info »