1 avril, 13 h 25 L'Université de Californie assouplit les conditions d'admission pour les étudiants qui s'inscrivent à l'automne 2020 et dans un avenir prévisible.

De nombreux lycées sont passés à l'enseignement à distance à la lumière de la pandémie de coronavirus, et certains ont opté pour des modèles de notation de réussite / échec qui ne sont pas acceptés par le système californien, selon un communiqué de presse. Les tests standardisés et les examens d'entrée au collège ont également été annulés.

Dernières nouvelles sur le coronavirus et l'enseignement supérieur

En réponse, les régents du système s'efforcent d'alléger le fardeau des étudiants qui souhaitent être admis à l'université. L'exigence de notes sera suspendue pour les cours d'hiver, de printemps et d'été 2020 pour tous les élèves. Des tests standardisés ne seront pas requis pour l'admission des étudiants de première année à l'automne 2021. Le plafond du nombre d'unités pass / non transférables sera suspendu pour les étudiants transférés.

« L'épidémie de COVID-19 est une catastrophe aux proportions historiques qui perturbe tous les aspects de nos vies, y compris l'éducation des lycéens, entre autres », a déclaré Janet Napolitano, présidente de l'Université de Californie, dans le communiqué. « La flexibilité de l’université à ce moment crucial garantira que les étudiants potentiels qui souhaitent effectuer des UC obtiennent une image complète et juste – quels que soient leurs défis actuels. »

Madeline St. Amour

À but non lucratif offre des fonds de secours pour les étudiants en droit

1 avril, 12 h 55 AccessLex Institute a créé un fonds de secours d'urgence de 5 millions de dollars pour les étudiants en droit.

L'Institut est un organisme à but non lucratif qui aide les aspirants avocats à réussir professionnellement. Son fonds de secours fournira des ressources directes aux étudiants en droit touchés par le nouveau coronavirus, selon un communiqué de presse.

Le fonds mettra 25 000 $ à la disposition des fonds d'urgence de chaque faculté de droit approuvée par l'American Bar Association à but non lucratif et affiliée à l'État du pays.

« Au-delà des préoccupations liées à l'adaptation à l'apprentissage en ligne, à l'achèvement des cliniques juridiques pratiques et au risque de retard dans l'examen du barreau, cette crise a exacerbé les pressions financières sur les étudiants en droit – dans de nombreux cas, à un niveau qui peut compromettre la poursuite de leurs études « , a indiqué le communiqué.

« Il est impératif que nous agissions conformément à notre mission afin d'avoir un impact positif sur la vie des étudiants en droit de manière tangible lorsqu'ils ont le plus besoin de soutien », a déclaré Christopher Chapman, président et chef de la direction d'AccessLex, dans le communiqué. « La création du Fonds de secours d'urgence est tout simplement la bonne chose à faire pour AccessLex pendant cette période sans précédent. Il représente une réponse ciblée dans nos efforts pour être là pour ceux que nous servons tous les jours – la prochaine génération d'avocats. « 

Madeline St. Amour

Bourses d'études, essais gratuits dans la filiale Chegg

1 avril, 12 h 30 Thinkful, une filiale de la société d'éducation en ligne Chegg, offre des bourses pour aider ceux qui perdent leur emploi dans la pandémie de coronavirus.

L'accélérateur de carrière fournit 1,5 million de dollars en bourses au total, selon un communiqué de presse. Quatre cents étudiants recevront chacun une bourse de 4 000 $ pour des programmes Thinkful à temps plein.

Certains programmes à temps partiel, y compris ceux en conception, en science des données et en génie logiciel, seront gratuits pendant un mois. Les étudiants qui suivent cette voie peuvent poursuivre leurs études grâce à des accords de partage des revenus, ce qui leur permet de retarder les paiements jusqu'à ce qu'ils commencent une nouvelle carrière.

La société étend également la disponibilité de ses accords de partage des revenus.

Madeline St. Amour

Les restrictions sont assouplies à l'Air Force Academy après 2 suicides

1 avril, 12 h 10 L'Air Force Academy assouplit les restrictions de verrouillage après que deux cadets se sont suicidés en moins d'une semaine.

L'académie a été soumise à des mesures de verrouillage strictes pour empêcher la propagation du coronavirus. Selon le Colorado Springs Gazette, environ 1 000 élèves-officiers supérieurs restent sur le campus du Colorado, et certains se sont plaints de conditions de type carcéral.

Les personnes âgées ont été isolées, prenant des cours en ligne et obtenant des plats à emporter dans la salle à manger. Ceux qui ont enfreint les règles ou se sont approchés de 6 pieds d'une autre personne ont été punis avec des visites guidées.

Désormais, les cadets seront autorisés à sortir du campus pour manger au volant, à se réunir en petits groupes conformément aux politiques de l'État et à porter des vêtements civils le vendredi. Les responsables de l'académie encouragent également le personnel à amener leurs chiens pour améliorer le moral.

Madeline St. Amour

Souplesse réglementaire sur la formation professionnelle

1 avril, 11 h 00 Les États, les agences d'éducation locales et les établissements d'enseignement supérieur auront plus de temps pour soumettre des plans de carrière et d'enseignement technique (CTE) pendant la crise des coronavirus, a annoncé la secrétaire américaine à l'Éducation, Betsy DeVos.

Les fonds fédéraux Perkins V sont disponibles pour les programmes CTE, mais nécessitent la présentation de plans sur la façon dont les programmes développeraient les compétences académiques, techniques et d’employabilité des étudiants du secondaire et du postsecondaire.

En vertu de la nouvelle ordonnance, le ministère de l'Éducation accordera une extension aux États qui ont besoin de temps supplémentaire pour soumettre leurs plans d'État Perkins et permettra aux États et aux destinataires locaux de Perkins de recevoir leur premier versement de fonds Perkins à temps – même s'ils ont besoin d'une extension – tout en permettant aux États d'accorder aux bénéficiaires de financement un délai supplémentaire pour compléter leurs demandes.

Kery Murakami

La plupart des agents de crédit suspendent les exigences de paiement

1 avril, 10 h 50 Presque tous les gestionnaires de prêts étudiants privés s'engagent à laisser les emprunteurs suspendre leurs paiements pendant une période pouvant aller jusqu'à trois mois, a déclaré Scott Buchanan, directeur exécutif de la Student Loan Servicing Alliance.

Mais Buchanan, dont le groupe représente les militaires, a dit qu'il n'est pas clair si tous renonceront également aux intérêts, ou si des intérêts s'ajouteront aux soldes des emprunteurs et aux paiements mensuels lorsque les suspensions seront levées.

Les prêts privés n'ont pas été inclus dans l'allégement que la plupart des emprunteurs ont reçu des prêts étudiants fédéraux dans le cadre du plan de relance adopté la semaine dernière, ou lors de récentes étapes administratives, a annoncé la secrétaire américaine à l'Éducation, Betsy DeVos, y compris un report de 60 jours sur les paiements mensuels et un engagement à ne pas saisir le salaire, les remboursements d'impôts ou les prestations de sécurité sociale de ceux qui prennent du retard dans les remboursements de prêts privés.

« Chaque prêteur a ses propres politiques et procédures, c'est pourquoi les étudiants doivent appeler leur réparateur s'ils sont en détresse – sinon ils peuvent continuer à payer pour que leurs prêts soient remboursés », a déclaré Buchanan dans un e-mail.

« Les membres de la SLSA se concentrent sur la garantie que ceux qui auront du mal à effectuer des paiements aujourd'hui ont une option réelle et pratique pour minimiser tout autre impact négatif de cette crise sans précédent », a-t-il déclaré. « Nous comprenons la gravité de la situation – car nos employés et nos familles sont également touchés – et nous y parvenons en aidant les personnes concernées à suspendre temporairement leurs paiements. »

Kery Murakami

Règles proposées par le ministère de l'Éducation à distance

1 avril, 9 h 40 Un groupe de négociateurs sélectionnés par le département américain de l'Éducation l'année dernière a atteint un consensus sur de nouvelles règles proposées pour l'enseignement à distance, un sujet brûlant au milieu de la pandémie et du large pivot vers l'apprentissage virtuel par la plupart des collèges. Le ministère a rendu public aujourd'hui sa version finale proposée des règles.

Les règles de l'enseignement à distance sont à la fois complexes et litigieuses. Ils mettent en évidence des tensions de longue date entre les défenseurs des consommateurs qui souhaitent des protections plus solides au niveau de l'État pour les étudiants et les groupes d'enseignement supérieur qui recherchent des normes nationales communes, comme l'a signalé Lindsay McKenzie l'année dernière.

Le ministère a déclaré que les nouvelles règles proposées:

  • Mettez l'accent sur l'apprentissage démontré au fil du temps passé sur le siège
  • Éliminez la confusion quant à l'admissibilité d'un cours à l'aide au titre IV en définissant une interaction « régulière et substantielle » entre les étudiants et les instructeurs
  • Clarifier et simplifier les exigences des programmes d'évaluation directe, y compris la façon de déterminer des heures de crédit équivalentes
  • Ajouter une définition de « établissement de justice pour mineurs » pour garantir que les étudiants incarcérés restent éligibles à Pell
  • Permettre aux étudiants inscrits au titre IV, aux établissements étrangers admissibles à la loi sur l'enseignement supérieur (HEA), de suivre jusqu'à 25% de leurs programmes dans un établissement américain éligible. Cette disposition est particulièrement importante pour les étudiants temporairement incapables de suivre des cours à l'étranger en raison de la pandémie de COVID-19
  • Encourager la participation des employeurs à l'élaboration de programmes éducatifs
  • Créer un nouveau système centré sur l'étudiant pour le décaissement du titre IV, assistance HEA aux étudiants dans les programmes d'abonnement
  • Exiger que le ministère prenne rapidement des mesures pour présenter une demande de participation ou de participation en tant qu'établissement admissible au programme HEA, Titre IV. Dans le passé, ces applications étaient bloquées depuis des mois, voire des années

Les règles seront publiées dans le Federal Register pour une période de commentaires publics de 30 jours. Le ministère a annoncé qu'il publierait une version finale d'ici le 1er novembre.

« Avec notre soutien, les collèges et universités ont été parmi les premiers à passer à l'enseignement en ligne et à distance afin que l'apprentissage puisse se poursuivre pendant la pandémie de coronavirus », a déclaré Betsy DeVos, le secrétaire américain à l'Éducation, dans un communiqué. « Franchement, cependant, ils travaillent dans les limites de règles et de réglementations obsolètes qui ont désespérément besoin de repenser. Nous savons qu'il y a de moins en moins d'étudiants » traditionnels « dans l'enseignement supérieur, et cette crise actuelle a rendu clair la nécessité de plus d'innovation. Il est temps que nous repensons l'enseignement supérieur pour répondre aux besoins de tous les étudiants. Heureusement, nous avons commencé l'année dernière à développer un nouvel ensemble de normes qui répondent aux réalités actuelles, qui embrassent les nouvelles technologies, qui ouvrent des portes pour beaucoup- avait besoin d'innovation dans l'enseignement supérieur, et qui élargisse l'accès des étudiants aux opportunités d'éducation flexibles et pertinentes dont ils ont besoin. « 

Paul Fain

Les disjoncteurs à ressort de l'UT Austin testent positifs

31 mars 17 h 35 Les étudiants de l'Université du Texas à Austin ont été testés positifs pour COVID-19 après leur retour d'un voyage de relâche au Mexique.

Environ 70 jeunes adultes ont pris un avion affrété pour Cabo San Lucas À leur retour, 28 ont été testés positifs pour le virus, tous étudiants à l'UT Austin. L'ensemble du groupe fait actuellement l'objet d'une enquête de santé publique.

L'université surveille de près les autres personnes qui étaient en vol. Ceux qui ont des cas confirmés s'auto-isolent.

Madeline St. Amour

La Chine reporte Gaokao

31 mars, 15 h 40 L'examen d'entrée au collège national chinois à enjeux élevés, le gaokao, est reporté d'un mois, jusqu'en juillet, en raison du coronavirus, a rapporté Sixth Tone. Le ministère chinois de l'Éducation a déclaré qu'il reportait le test standardisé de neuf heures pour donner aux étudiants dont les études étaient décalées en ligne du temps supplémentaire pour se préparer. « Compte tenu des différentes conditions d'études en ligne dans les zones urbaines et rurales, l'impact sur certains étudiants se préparant à l'examen dans les villages et les zones pauvres a été beaucoup plus important », a déclaré le ministère dans un communiqué.

Elizabeth Redden

Les sénateurs demandent à DeVos d'attendre la règle du titre IX

31 mars, 15 h 06 Trois sénateurs démocrates des États-Unis ont envoyé une lettre à la secrétaire à l'Éducation des États-Unis, Betsy DeVos, s'opposant à tout projet du ministère de l'Éducation de publier une règle finale sur le titre IX de l'Education Amendments Act de 1972 pendant que les écoles réagissent à la pandémie de coronavirus.

Les sénateurs Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand et Patty Murray, la membre la plus influente du comité de l'éducation du Sénat, ont écrit que la publication de la règle finale pendant la crise serait « tout à fait inacceptable ». La règle finale, proposée en novembre 2018, dans son état actuel, obligerait les écoles et les collèges de la maternelle à la 12e année à changer « fondamentalement » leur façon de réagir aux incidents de harcèlement sexuel et d'agression sexuelle, ont écrit les sénateurs.

« Les écoles maternelles et les établissements d'enseignement supérieur sont confrontés à une incertitude sans précédent concernant la fin de cette année scolaire et le début de la prochaine année scolaire », indique la lettre. « Nous vous exhortons à ne pas publier la règle finale du titre IX pour le moment et à vous concentrer plutôt sur l'aide aux écoles pour surmonter les problèmes urgents découlant de la pandémie de COVID-19 qui est la priorité de tous les élèves et familles. »

Greta Anderson

L'Université de l'Arkansas aide les petites entreprises

31 mars, 13 h 35 L'Université d'Arkansas crée un programme d'aide aux petites entreprises touchées par le coronavirus.

Le centre de développement des petites entreprises et de la technologie de l'université s'associe au Northwest Arkansas Council pour créer le programme d'aide d'urgence aux petites entreprises, qui aidera les organisations à but non lucratif et les petites entreprises de la région, selon un communiqué de presse.

Il offrira des services gratuits tels que l'assistance pour les demandes de prêt, les revues financières, les études de marché, la planification d'entreprise et plus encore.

« Les petites entreprises et les organisations à but non lucratif sont le cœur de notre communauté », a déclaré Nelson Peacock, président et chef de la direction du Northwest Arkansas Council, dans le communiqué. « Nous devons nous assurer que les organisations éligibles sont au courant de toutes les ressources disponibles au niveau étatique et fédéral et des programmes d'aide pour les aider à surmonter cette crise. »

Les services seront fournis à distance pour garantir des pratiques de distanciation sociale.

Le programme est soutenu par une subvention de la Walton Family Foundation.

Madeline St. Amour

Subventions MLA pour les travailleurs à temps partiel

31 mars, 13 h 30 Ce n’est pas beaucoup, mais c’est quelque chose: la Modern Language Association offre des bourses de 500 $, par loterie, aux professeurs à temps partiel affectés par COVID-19. Les subventions peuvent être utilisées pour compenser les revenus perdus dans les cours annulés, subventionner les heures passées à déménager en ligne ou payer pour la technologie personnelle utilisée pour enseigner. Les candidats éligibles sont les membres actuels du MLA qui gagnent 50% ou plus de leur revenu de l'enseignement à temps partiel dans un collège ou une université. Ils peuvent ne pas être admissibles aux avantages sociaux d'un employeur ou au cours des cinq premières années de leurs études supérieures. Les candidatures sont dues le 1er mai.

Colleen Flaherty

UW Madison estime une perte de 100 millions de dollars

31 mars, 13 h 10. L'Université du Wisconsin à Madison prévoit une perte de 100 millions de dollars en raison de la pandémie de COVID-19, a rapporté le Wisconsin State Journal. La chancelière Rebecca Blank a déclaré que cette estimation suppose que les opérations reviendront à la normale d'ici juin. Jusqu'à présent, les modèles scientifiques n'ont pas donné de réponse claire quant à savoir si cette chronologie se concrétiserait.

Le montant de 100 millions de dollars ne tient pas compte des remboursements des frais de scolarité ou des frais, que Blank a déclaré que l'université n'offrirait pas. Mais cela inclut le remboursement au prorata des frais de chambre et de pension.

Le chiffre estimé représente environ 3,2% du budget annuel de Madison et équivaut à une réduction de 22% du financement public pendant un an. Le système de l'Université du Wisconsin ne peut pas donner d'estimation des pertes à l'échelle du système, mais il estime à 78 millions de dollars le remboursement des chambres et des repas.

Lilah Burke

La division I de la NCAA prolonge son admissibilité au printemps et ses bourses

31 mars, 11 h 30 Les athlètes de la division I des équipes de printemps seront autorisés à concourir pour une saison supplémentaire, et les équipes peuvent accorder des bourses à plus d'athlètes que les règles ne le permettent généralement, a annoncé lundi la National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Les limites ajustées permettront aux entraîneurs de l'équipe du printemps d'octroyer des bourses aux recrues entrantes et aux athlètes seniors qui choisissent de continuer à concourir en 2020-2021, mais ce sera aux institutions de décider si elles doivent fournir l'aide et combien. Il n'est pas nécessaire que les athlètes seniors qui reviennent pour la saison 2020-21 conservent la même bourse qu'ils ont reçue en 2019-2020, selon un communiqué de presse de la NCAA.

Les établissements peuvent également demander de prolonger d'un an l'admissibilité de tous leurs athlètes de printemps, et pas seulement des athlètes seniors. Et les limites de composition pour les équipes de baseball seront augmentées, a déclaré la NCAA. Les athlètes sont généralement autorisés à concourir pendant quatre saisons sur une période de cinq ans, mais les joueurs du printemps cette année ont vu leur saison écourtée en raison de la pandémie de coronavirus. De nombreux athlètes d'hiver ont également annulé des tournois de championnat, mais le conseil de la division I a décidé lundi qu'il ne ferait pas d'exemptions pour eux car « la totalité ou une grande partie de leur saison régulière était terminée ».

Greta Anderson

Tutoriels Zoom des UC Riverside Profs

31 mars 10 h 38 Deux professeurs de psychologie de l'Université de Californie, Riverside, ont partagé 35 tutoriels pratiques pour l'enseignement avec Zoom et d'autres outils de réunion en ligne que les membres du corps professoral du pays utilisent au milieu du passage à l'enseignement virtuel. Les deux sujets ont couvert les sujets d'éclairage, comment montrer des diapositives PowerPoint tout en parlant et assister à une conférence.

L'enseignement en ligne devrait être servi en « morceaux de la taille d'une bouchée », selon les deux professeurs.

« Il serait facile de continuer pendant 25 ou 30 minutes en une seule conférence, et c’est trop. Les gens se déconnecteront « , a déclaré Liz Davis, professeure agrégée de psychologie à l'université. « Il est important de souligner dans nos vidéos de didacticiel à quel point cela est important dans l'enseignement en ligne. »

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« Vous devez transformer les cours de 10 semaines en tout en ligne immédiatement, alors mettez-le en ligne comme vous le pouvez », a déclaré Ditta.

Paul Fain

New York AG s'inquiète de Zoom

31 mars, 10 h 30 Le procureur général de New York remet en question l'outil de vidéoconférence Zoom sur ses politiques de confidentialité et de sécurité.

Letitia James a envoyé une lettre à Zoom demandant quelles mesures de sécurité elle a mises en place pour faire face à l'augmentation du trafic, selon Le New York Times, qui a obtenu une copie de la lettre.

James a appelé Zoom « une plate-forme de communication essentielle et précieuse », selon le Fois, mais elle a noté plusieurs préoccupations concernant la sécurité.

Zoom a été examiné de près en raison de « Zoombombing ». Des professionnels, des enseignants et des membres du corps professoral ont signalé que des personnes avaient accédé à leurs conférences Zoom et crié des profanations, montré de la pornographie ou affiché des images racistes ou antisémites.

Dimanche, Zoom a publié un article de blog indiquant que la société avait modifié sa politique de confidentialité pour répondre à certaines de ces préoccupations.

Le bureau de James a demandé des copies des politiques de Zoom.

Madeline St. Amour

Financement de stimulation et paiements OPM

Les collèges et les universités qui concluent des contrats avec des sociétés de gestion de programmes en ligne pour les aider à faire la transition vers l'enseignement en ligne pendant la pandémie pourraient ne pas être en mesure de se faire rembourser leurs frais dans le cadre du plan de relance fédéral de 2,2 billions de dollars, selon un article de blog de la pratique de l'éducation de Cooley, un cabinet d'avocats .

« Le financement ne peut pas être utilisé pour des paiements à des contractants pour des » activités de recrutement pré-inscription « , ce qui pourrait présenter un défi pour de nombreux OPM qui structurent leurs honoraires en parts de scolarité et ne distinguent donc pas les paiements effectués pour les activités de recrutement des paiements pour d'autres services éligibles au titre de la loi CARES « , indique le blog.

Paul Fain

Prévisions budgétaires sombres pour l'Illinois

31 mars, 9 h 40 Il est « pratiquement impossible » de prédire l'impact de la pandémie de coronavirus et de la récession qui en résulte sur les budgets des États, compte tenu des nombreuses incertitudes qui l'entourent, selon un budget prévisionnel triennal de la Commission de l'Illinois sur les prévisions et la responsabilité gouvernementales. Mais avec cette mise en garde à l'esprit, les prévisions ont comparé divers ralentissements précédents avec les scénarios actuels pour obtenir des lignes directrices sur le type de budget que l'État prendra. Les prévisions ont révélé qu'une part substantielle des dépenses des fonds généraux par l'Illinois pourrait être anéantie sur plusieurs années.

« Il semble raisonnable d'offrir un scénario avec des effets plus dévastateurs sur les revenus à court terme que même la » Grande Récession « . En conséquence, si les revenus devaient connaître une baisse de 20%, soit une baisse des revenus de plus de 8 milliards de dollars serait expérimenté, bien que probablement étalé sur plusieurs exercices « , selon le rapport.

Paul Fain

Le garant des prêts étudiants cesse de saisir les paiements

30 mars, 18 h 06 Ascendium, le plus grand garant de prêts aux étudiants du pays, a annoncé la semaine dernière qu'il avait cessé de saisir les salaires, les remboursements d'impôts ou les prestations de sécurité sociale pour recouvrer les paiements de prêts aux étudiants en souffrance et n'essaierait pas de percevoir involontairement les paiements pendant au moins 60 jours après le 26 mars. Ascendium a également cessé de contacter les emprunteurs à moins qu'ils ne tentent de régler leur dette.

La société a également déclaré qu'elle rembourserait l'argent collecté via les messages qu'elle avait envoyés depuis le 13 mars.

L'annonce intervient après que le secrétaire américain à l'Éducation, Betsy DeVos, a ordonné ces mesures le 25 mars. Le plan de relance adopté par le Congrès a également ordonné l'arrêt des collectes involontaires.

Kery Murakami

30 mars, 17 h 15 L'Université Temple a mis à disposition son centre Liacouras, ainsi que d'autres installations, comme espace hospitalier à débordement, sans frais pour la ville de Philadelphie. Le Philadelphia Inquirer a rapporté que les responsables de la Federal Emergency Management Agency convertissaient le centre en hôpital d'urgence de 250 lits.

Lilah Burke

VCU déplace les effets personnels des étudiants sans communication

30 mars, 17 h 10 L'Université Virginia Commonwealth transforme son Honors College en un site pour les patients à faible acuité en cas de montée subite au VCU Medical Center.

Les effets personnels des étudiants sont toujours dans la résidence universitaire. Ils sont « inventoriés, mis en boîte, étiquetés et relocalisés » gratuitement par l'université, selon un communiqué de presse.

La décision a été prise avant de contacter les étudiants.

« Nous nous en excusons. Nous opérons dans une situation de crise avec de nombreuses pièces mobiles », a indiqué le communiqué. « Nous ferons mieux et vous demanderons votre compréhension alors que nous traversons ensemble cette crise. »

De nombreux étudiants ont apparemment découvert la décision à travers une vidéo qui montre quelqu'un marchant dans les résidences, racontant à la caméra qu'ils ont été chargés de tout emballer et de déplacer les effets personnels.

Un étudiant a écrit un éditorial pour RVA Magazine critiquant l'université pour son prétendu manque de communication.

Madeline St. Amour

Comment empêcher le ‘Zoombombing’

30 mars, 16 h 05 Le FBI a quelques recommandations sur la façon de gérer « Zoombombing », la pratique d'interrompre les réunions Zoom avec un contenu inapproprié.

Selon un communiqué, deux écoles de la maternelle à la 12e année dans le Massachusetts ont signalé au FBI que des cours virtuels étaient interrompus par des blasphèmes ou des étalages de tatouages ​​à croix gammée.

L'agence fédérale recommande ce qui suit pour ceux qui utilisent Zoom:

  • Ne rendez pas les réunions publiques. Zoom permet aux utilisateurs de rendre les réunions privées en exigeant un mot de passe de réunion ou en utilisant une fonction de salle d'attente pour contrôler qui est admis
  • Modifiez l'option de partage d'écran dans Zoom en « hôte uniquement »
  • Demandez aux gens d'utiliser la dernière version mise à jour de Zoom
  • Assurez-vous que la politique de télétravail de votre organisation répond aux exigences de sécurité de l'information

Madeline St. Amour

LaCoupure temporaire des frais de scolarité de l'État de Thomas Edison

30 mars, 14 h 03 La Thomas Edison State University du New Jersey a annoncé une baisse temporaire des frais de scolarité pour les étudiants de premier cycle qui suivent des cours d'été de l'université pour adultes.

La réduction s'applique aux étudiants « en visite », a déclaré Thomas Edison, ce qui signifie que les étudiants qui ne sont pas inscrits à un programme menant à un diplôme de l'université mais suivent ses cours. La réduction sera de 145 $ par crédit pour les résidents de l'État et de 35 $ par crédit pour les étudiants hors État et s'appliquera aux mois de mai, juin ou juillet. Les frais de scolarité par cours à l'université varient de 399 $ à 544 $ par crédit, selon la résidence d'État et d'autres facteurs.

« Nous ne voulons pas que les étudiants perdent leur élan dans l'enseignement supérieur pendant cette crise », a déclaré Merodie A. Hancock, la présidente de l'université, dans un communiqué. « Ce n'est pas le moment de facturer nos étudiants visiteurs plus que nos étudiants inscrits à la recherche d'un diplôme. »

Paul Fain

Qui recevra des fonds d'urgence ?

30 mars, 12 h 15 L'American Council on Education a créé une simulation de l'endroit où seront distribués les fonds d'urgence pour l'enseignement supérieur inclus dans le programme de secours des coronavirus de 2 000 milliards de dollars.

Le projet de loi donne près de 14 milliards de dollars à l'enseignement supérieur. La simulation, qui utilise des données du Système intégré de données sur l'enseignement postsecondaire, fournit une estimation de la destination de l'argent pour la planification générale. Mais le ministère américain de l'Éducation déterminera en fin de compte les montants finaux en dollars.

Environ 12,5 milliards de dollars, ou 90 pour cent, du financement seront alloués aux établissements sur la base d'une répartition de 75 pour cent vers l'équivalent de l'inscription à temps plein des bénéficiaires de la subvention Pell et de 25 pour cent pour l'inscription équivalente à temps plein des étudiants qui ne font pas  » t recevoir des subventions Pell.

Une liste alphabétique des États et de leurs institutions avec les montants de financement estimés peut être trouvée ici.

Madeline St. Amour

Étudiants diplômés des écoles de médecine

29 mars, 12 h 20 Certaines facultés de médecine obtiennent leur diplôme tôt afin qu'elles puissent se mettre au travail plus tôt pour lutter contre la pandémie de COVID-19. Le Boston Herald a rapporté que l'Université Tufts, l'Université du Massachusetts et l'Université de Boston sont toutes des étudiants diplômés en dernière année de faculté de médecine peu de temps après que le Massachusetts s'est engagé à accorder aux étudiants diplômés des licences automatiques de 90 jours pour augmenter le personnel de santé. Les étudiants en médecine en dernière année à Columbia University obtiendront leur diplôme un mois plus tôt et se verront offrir un emploi temporaire au New York-Presbyterian Hospital. L'Université de New York a également annoncé la semaine dernière qu'elle autoriserait certains étudiants en médecine à obtenir leur diplôme tôt, en attendant l'approbation de son organisme de réglementation et de son accréditation. Et la Rutgers New Jersey Medical School a annoncé que ses étudiants en médecine de dernière année obtiendraient leur diplôme en avril au lieu de mai. Rutgers a déclaré que les hôpitaux détermineront eux-mêmes si les étudiants peuvent commencer tôt leurs résidences, qui commencent généralement le 1er juillet. Rutgers a déclaré que 62 de ses étudiants correspondaient aux hôpitaux du New Jersey et 58 aux hôpitaux de New York, qui ont plus Cas COVID-19 que tout autre État.

L'agrément des facultés de médecine a publié des lignes directrices à l'intention des facultés de médecine intéressées à aider les étudiants à obtenir leur diplôme tôt. Alison Whelan, directrice de l'éducation médicale de l'Association of American Medical Colleges, a identifié un certain nombre de considérations pour les étudiants en médecine qui obtiennent leur diplôme tôt lors d'une conférence de presse vendredi. Parmi eux, Whelan a souligné que « le diplôme de MD leur donne la possibilité d'avoir une pratique supervisée, pas une pratique indépendante. Il sera donc nécessaire de créer la supervision appropriée. Ils auront également besoin d'une licence spéciale car ils ne peuvent pas avoir une licence indépendante, mais avec le la flexibilité que de nombreux États et la Fédération des commissions médicales d'État ont fournie dans cette crise, c'est un problème qui sera facilement résolu. « 

« Il est important de noter que ces étudiants ont récemment [went] à travers le programme de jumelage afin qu'ils aient une obligation contractuelle de commencer la résidence d'ici juin ou juillet, alors pensez à ce qu'ils doivent faire pour faire la transition à la fin de cette période spéciale d’emploi spécial afin d'être prêts à remplir leur obligation contractuelle de vraiment commencer la La prochaine étape de la formation critique sera quelque chose que les individus, leurs nouveaux employeurs et leurs programmes de résidence devront considérer ensemble « , a déclaré Whelan.

Elizabeth Redden

Yale fournira 300 lits, des tests aux premiers intervenants

28 mars, 16 h 45 Le maire de New Haven, dans le Connecticut, Justin Elicker, a critiqué hier l'Université de Yale pour avoir refusé de mettre une résidence universitaire à la disposition des policiers de la ville et des pompiers qui auraient pu être exposés au coronavirus, soit directement, soit par contact avec des membres de la famille. Yale a déclaré que ses logements pour étudiants n'étaient pas prêts pour de nouveaux occupants et contenaient toujours les biens des étudiants.

Peter Salovey, président de Yale, a déclaré cet après-midi que l'université mettrait 300 lits et des tests accélérés pour COVID-19 à la disposition des premiers intervenants de la ville. La déclaration de Salovey suit.

« Hier, le maire de New Haven, Justin Elicker, a exprimé sa frustration face à l’absence de réponse positive rapide de l’Université de Yale à sa demande de l’université de fournir un logement aux premiers intervenants de COVID-19.

Nous sommes impatients d'aider New Haven avec ce besoin. Nous nous efforçons de rendre cela possible – et nous convenons que nous devons agir le plus rapidement possible, au service de personnes faisant un travail extraordinaire au nom de la communauté de New Haven.

À cette fin, nous mettrons 300 lits à la disposition des premiers intervenants et du personnel hospitalier d'ici la fin de la semaine à venir.

De plus, nous avons travaillé avec les premiers intervenants pour mettre les tests COVID-19 accélérés dans les laboratoires de Yale à la disposition des intervenants qui ont été exposés à des patients.

En outre, jeudi, nous avons annoncé un fonds de 5 millions de dollars pour la communauté de Yale pour New Haven afin d'aider à faire face aux conséquences de l'épidémie à New Haven.

Plus que jamais, Yale et la mairie doivent être sur la même longueur d'onde. Je sais à quel point nous sommes tous engagés à travers la ville et l'université à mettre en œuvre une réponse efficace à COVID-19, et je ferai tout ce que je peux pour soutenir ce travail partagé. « 

Paul Fain

N.Y. assouplit les exigences pour les travailleurs de la santé

28 mars, 13 h 24 L'État de New York a temporairement suspendu un large éventail de licences et autres exigences pour les travailleurs de la santé afin de mobiliser davantage d'aide pour faire face à la pandémie.

En vertu du décret exécutif d'Andrew Cuomo, le gouverneur démocrate de l'État, les étudiants des programmes universitaires dans les domaines des soins de santé peuvent désormais faire du bénévolat dans des établissements médicaux et recevoir des crédits éducatifs. L'ordonnance supprime également certaines exigences de tenue de dossiers pour les travailleurs de la santé.

De plus, le commissaire à la santé de New York pendant un an peut modifier les exigences d'examen ou de recertification pour les prestataires de services médicaux d'urgence.

L'État a également déclaré qu'un règlement visant à « autoriser les diplômés des facultés de médecine étrangères ayant au moins un an de formation médicale diplômée à dispenser des soins aux patients dans les hôpitaux » est maintenant « modifié afin de permettre à ces diplômés sans licence de prodiguer des soins aux patients dans les hôpitaux s'ils avoir accompli au moins un an d'études médicales supérieures. « 

Paul Fain

Le maire de New Haven déclare que Yale a refusé sa demande d'aide

28 mars, 11 h 07 Justin Elicker, maire de New Haven, dans le Connecticut, a déclaré que l'Université de Yale avait refusé une demande de la ville pour l'utilisation d'une résidence par des policiers et des pompiers asymptomatiques de la ville, a rapporté le New Haven Register.

La ville voulait la résidence universitaire de Yale pour les policiers et les pompiers qui avaient été exposés au coronavirus ou dont des membres de la famille avaient été exposés. Elicker a déclaré vendredi lors d'une conférence de presse virtuelle que Peter Salovey, président de Yale, avait dit non à la demande. Elicker then called Steve Kaplan, president of the University of New Haven, who, he said, granted the request within five minutes.

« UNH has rolled out the red carpet for us. They have worked to quickly get students’ belongings out of the dorms, and they are working with us to address other logistical and liability hurdles, » Elicker said. « We are quite close to finalizing an agreement with them so that our police officers and firefighters can begin moving into the space in the coming days. »

A Yale spokeswoman, Karen Peart, in a lengthy written statement described several ways the university is trying to help its local community, including the distribution of university funds, suspension of rent payments on Yale-owned properties, donated food and continuing to pay salaries of 6,000 New Haven residents who work for the university, among other local efforts.

As for the residence halls, Peart said they are not ready for new occupants:

Our student rooms still contain their belongings, but we have teams planning the feasibility of packing and storing all the student belongings so that the rooms could be utilized. We are pursuing schemes that involve professional movers and packers, and using temporary storage. The process will take weeks, as all of the residence hall rooms on campus are filled with student belongings. As soon as we have been able to clear any space, we have informed the mayor that we will let him know. We all wish the situation on our campus were different, but because our students had already gone home for spring recess when we implemented our social distancing restrictions, the rooms aren’t ready for others to live in them.

– Paul Fain

24-Hour Curfew in Alabama College Town

March 27, 4:15 p.m. Tuscaloosa's mayor has issued an executive order extending a public safety curfew to 24 hours a day.

The curfew will start on Sunday at 10 p.m. and last through April 11, at which point the city will re-evaluate the curfew. Walt Maddox, the mayor, said briefings with doctors and researchers showed an « imminent threat » to the city's health-care system, according to AL.com.

The curfew in the college town that's home to the University of Alabama prohibits residents from leaving their homes except to go to work at essential businesses, buy groceries, visit pharmacies, exercise, pick up food or go to the doctor.

The university already had extended its spring break and asked students not to return to campus as the coronavirus spread.

– Madeline St. Amour

Research Librarians Want Publishers to Act

March 27, 3:00 p.m. The Association of Research Libraries on Friday urged publishers to “maximize access to digital content during the emergency conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Earlier this week, the association signed a statement by the International Coalition of Library Consortia asking publishers to ease any simultaneous usage and interlibrary loan restrictions on subscription-based content. In a separate statement, the ARL said that opening up academic resources ensures students can continue their studies, and “scholars can continue their research and work to end the pandemic. As research library leaders, our member representatives understand that innovation, particularly in emergencies at a global scale, often happens at disciplinary intersections.”

As to research on COVID-19, the association pushed publishers to adopt an “expansive view” of research materials — think articles, book chapters, multimedia and data — “as they temporarily remove paywalls and create open resource portals related to the virus.” Topic-wise, the ARL advised opening up research on respiration, crisis and disaster management and response, clinical psychology, and other areas. More generally, 50 university presses already opened content on Johns Hopkins University Press’s Project MUSE for the rest of the academic year.

ARL remains concerned about educational equity in terms of access to research tools and broadband, not just content, it also said. Member libraries are partnering within their institutions to lend networked devices and Wi-Fi hotspots to students, “and to ensure that students with disabilities have access to the resources they need in the format they need them.” To those ends, the ARL further called on publishers “to use this crisis to ensure they meet W3C Web Accessibility Initiative standards in digital content and platforms as they expand access to educational materials now, and to work as allies with broadband providers to ensure access for all.”

– Colleen Flaherty

Arizona Universities Face Lawsuit Over Fees

March 27, 2:40 p.m. Students have filed a>

The lawsuit alleges that the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University have refused to refund the cost of room, board and other campus fees for the spring semester after the coronavirus outbreak forced campuses to close.

The Board of Regents recently announced that>

However, the board hasn't offered refunds for the unused portion of room and board campus fees, the lawsuit contends. Undergraduate room and board fees for this academic year ranged from $10,780 to $13,510 at the three universities.

Arizona State and Northern Arizona have not offered any fee refunds. The University of Arizona offered a nominal rent credit option, according to the release.

“While the universities were prudent in closing their campuses and encouraging students to vacate their on-campus housing, it is unconscionable for them to attempt to keep the many thousands of dollars in room and board feeds they collected from each student, even though they have terminated the services that these fees covered,” Adam Levitt, a partner at the law firm and co-counsel for the plaintiffs, said in the release. “College is already a monumental expense for students and their families, and to essentially offer them no relief, particularly during a time when millions of Americans are hurting financially, is woefully inadequate, tone-deaf, and needs to be made right. »

– Madeline St. Amour

House Approves Relief Package

March 26, 2:15 p.m. The House on Friday approved a massive $2 trillion coronavirus relief package, and President Trump signed it into law a few hours later. The measures will pay as much as $1,200 apiece to adults, increase unemployment benefits and provide loans to businesses.

For higher education, it also offers temporary help for those struggling to make their student loan payments. Most federal loan borrowers are excused from making payments for six months, interest is waived on the loans and loan collectors are prevented from garnishing wages, tax returns and Social Security benefits to collect overdue payments.

The bill, passed by the Senate Wednesday night, also provides $14 billion in funding for higher education institutions, half of which must be used for emergency grants to help students affected by the crisis.

“For institutions of higher learning, it will provide financial relief to colleges and universities and also support grants to displaced students,” Congressman Bobby Scott, the Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, said this morning before the vote.

“But it is important to recognize that this legislation is only a down payment on the relief that our communities will need in the weeks and months ahead,” he said. “It is critical for us all to understand that the CARES Act is not a stimulus package. It is a disaster relief effort that must continue for as long as it takes to ensure students, workers, and families can survive this crisis.”

In a statement after the vote, Scott added that another stimulus package Congress is expected to consider in a few weeks should “provide relief to cash-strapped student borrowers. »

Advocates for borrowers, though, were disappointed the newly passed measure does not go further. They had supported House and Senate Democratic proposals that called for the government to make borrowers’ payments for them, reducing the balances of those with federal loans by at least $10,000. The House Democratic proposal also would have paid down private student loans by as much as $10,000.

“Congress has taken the first few steps that young people need to maintain stability and security during these unprecedented times,” Jesse Barba, senior director of external affairs for the advocacy group Young Invincibles, said in a statement after the vote.

But, Barba said, “today’s coronavirus bill is a life raft — but not a rescue boat — for the millions of young people who are still grappling with how they will make ends meet as they navigate challenges like unemployment, student loan debt and paying their daily expenses.”

Consumer groups like the National Consumer Law Center also said they will be pushing for Congress in the next package it considers to give relief to borrowers excluded in Friday’s package. Under the legislation passed Friday, those with older Perkins and Federal Family Education Loans will not have their payments or interest deferred and are still subject to garnishments. The National Consumer Law Center​ said on Thursday that 1.2 million borrowers were excluded, but said on Friday after doing further analysis that the number is about eight million.

However, a spokesman for Republican Senator Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate education committee, said in a statement Friday that borrowers with those loans could consolidate them into direct loans and be eligible for relief.

Colleges and universities have also been disappointed that they received far less than the $50 billion they sought to help them pay for the cost of dealing with the crisis.

“Congress must do more in the weeks ahead to bolster the resources and protections provided to students, researchers, universities, laboratories, hospitals, and medical professionals,” Association of American Universities president Mary Sue Coleman said in a statement after the vote.

– Kery Murakami

NCAA's Division III Faces Debt

March 27, 12:03 p.m. The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division III will face a deficit of $7.6 million this fiscal year, as all the NCAA’s divisions expect to lose about 70 percent of their annual revenue due to the cancellation of winter and spring athletics championships.

The NCAA announced yesterday that Division III’s revenue allocation from the association for fiscal year 2019-20 will be $22.3 million less than it was last year, as a result of losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic. A Division III committee on strategic planning and finance decided on Tuesday to cancel several student and staff development programs and conferences to cut down on costs for the remainder of the year

“The financial loss for Division III will be significant, but money should never take precedence over life. We value people above all else,” Fayneese Miller, chair of the Division III committee and president of Hamline University in St. Paul, said in the release.

– Greta Anderson

NYU Dean Under Fire for Dancing Video

March 27, 11:15 a.m. The dean of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts is under fire from students.

Tisch students have been advocating for a partial refund of tuition, arguing the forced switch to remote learning due to the coronavirus pandemic won't provide the same level of education for drama and the arts that in-person instruction would have.

Students have been emailing Allyson Green, dean of the school, to fight for a partial refund. So far, Green has firmly said no.

But a video she attached to her latest email is making the rounds on social media and creating ire among students who see it as tone-deaf, according to an independent blog run by NYU students.

In the video, Green dances to the song « Losing My Religion » by R.E.M. She invited students to dance with her in the body of the email, according to reports.

– Madeline St. Amour

Most Benefiting From Loan Payment Pause Are High-Income

March 26, 6:30 p.m. The 60-day pause on student loan payments for many borrowers in the stimulus package, which is expected to be passed by the U.S. House on Friday, mostly will lead to more money in the pockets of the highest-income households, the Urban Institute said.

Only two-thirds of student loan borrowers in 2016 — according to the most recent available data — were making payments on their loans and would have extra cash during the pause, according to the analysis.

Ninety percent of the highest-income households were paying down their loans, while only 30 percent of the lowest-income households were making payments and would have extra money from being excused from loan payments.

Of the 33 percent not making payments, most cited a loan forbearance, postgraduation grace period or loan forgiveness program. But a substantial fraction of those who were supposed to be making payments said they were not because they could not afford to, said the analysis by Matthew Chingos, the Urban Institute’s vice president for education data and policy.

Chingos said the data have implications for future stimulus packages. « If Congress’s goal is to increase households' available cash and stimulate the economy, direct payments to families will more effectively accomplish that than loan forgiveness, » he wrote.

“But if the goal is to relieve hardship among families struggling with student debt, one option is to enact a one-time automatic rehabilitation of all defaulted loans, which would give a fresh start to defaulted borrowers at the end of the health emergency, » said Chingos. « Congress could eliminate the fees and capitalized interest added to defaulted loans, effectively giving defaulted borrowers a second chance to pay what they would owe if they hadn’t defaulted. »

  • Kery Murakami
  • Attorneys General: More Relief for Student Borrowers

    March 26, 6:00 p.m. A coalition of attorneys general is calling on the U.S. Department of Education to provide emergency relief for federal student loan borrowers.

    Led by Letitia James, New York's attorney general, the 27-person coalition sent a letter to the department with three requests.

    First, they ask the department to halt all new and continuing involuntary collections, including wage garnishment and the offset of government benefits.

    Second, they call for borrowers who are in or who enter forbearance, who are or become delinquent on payments, or who request to enroll in an income-driven repayment plan to be automatically enrolled in an income-driven repayment plan with a zero-dollar monthly payment. This should be done without requiring borrowers to submit applications, income verifications or recertification for the duration of the crisis, the attorneys general state.

    Last, the coalition asks the department to extend eligibility for additional relief pursuant to previously announced modifications for those affected by national emergencies to all federal loan borrowers throughout the crisis.

    “Thousands of New Yorkers and millions more across the country were already struggling with student loan debt prior to the coronavirus, but today, the financial hardship many face is more severe as a result of business closures, lost wages, and job losses,” James said in a statement. “Borrowers need immediate relief and cannot wait for a stimulus package to pass through Congress which is why our coalition is calling on the Department of Education to take immediate action and protect student loan borrowers. Any stimulus relief should be weighed separately and should not be used as an excuse to deprive borrowers what they need. secrétaire [Betsy] DeVos has the power to help millions or ensure they are [not] left with billions in insurmountable debt.”

    Yesterday, DeVos announced the department will stop collection actions and garnishing the wages of borrowers who are behind on their student loan payments. That order is effective for at least 60 days during the coronavirus outbreak.

    – Madeline St. Amour

    NCAA Announces Lowered Payments to Colleges and Universities

    March 26, 3:22 p.m. The National Collegiate Athletic Association released a revised financial distribution plan showing $375 million less in allocations to Division I institutions than originally budgeted for 2020.

    The NCAA’s Board of Governors voted to distribute $225 million to Division I, $13.9 million to Division II and $10.7 million to Division III member institutions The NCAA’s revenue distribution was previously budgeted at $600 million for Division I. Divisions II and III are receiving $30 million and $22 million less, respectively, than they did in 2019.

    Athletics departments at campuses across the country rely heavily on NCAA distributions to determine their own budgets.

    Nearly $800 million — most of the NCAA’s revenue — comes from the Division I men’s basketball March Madness tournament, which was canceled two weeks ago because of the coronavirus pandemic. The $225 million to be given to Division I institutions in June will be made up of $50 million from NCAA reserves, and the remaining funds will come from credit lines to be paid off by a $270 million event cancellation insurance policy. The NCAA will also undergo a “variety of cost-cutting budget measures

    The NCAA has prepared for such revenue losses, said Michael Drake, chair of its Board of Governors and president of Ohio State University. The pandemic is a “financial catastrophic event,” he said.

    “As an association, we must acknowledge the uncertainties of our financial situation and continue to make thoughtful and prudent decisions on how we can assist conferences and campuses in supporting student-athletes now and into the future,” Drake said in the release.

    – Greta Anderson

    Ohio University Pauses Personnel Cuts

    March 26, 3 p.m. Ohio University is pausing personnel-related budget cuts because of the coronavirus.

    Duane Nellis, the university's president, about a month ago said an analysis recommended cutting the budget by $26 million over three years, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

    Enrollment has been down at the university, but Nellis said in a letter to faculty, staff and leadership that the situation is being reassessed in light of the public health pandemic.

    “Our current focus must be on the safety and well-being of our campus communities as we continue to ensure the education of our students and service to our region,” Nellis wrote, according to the Dispatch.

    The institution is also extending by two weeks the deadline for previously announced buyouts for about 600 eligible employees.

    Ohio University's chapter of the American Association of University Professors applauded the decision.

    « This move to protect jobs in uncertain times is a perfect demonstration of what true Bobcat solidarity — with our employees, our students, and our region — looks like, » the chapter said in a statement.

    – Madeline St. Amour

    University of West Florida Details Housing Refund Costs

    March 26, 2:45 p.m. The University of West Florida expects housing refunds to cost it approximately $1.2 million this year.

    That’s a very small percentage of the university’s $318 million operating budget. A relatively low number of students live on campus — the university reports 29 percent of its enrollment received online program delivery in the fall. And administrators are still working with a vendor to hammer out details on dining plan refunds.

    West Florida provided the estimated cost of all refunds after yesterday announcing details about prorated rooming refunds in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. It is providing refunds based on flat rates that vary by the type of housing unit in which students lived.

    The issue of refunding room and board is important, because revenue from student housing is significant at some institutions. Examples like West Florida help to show how refund costs could vary based on factors like how much colleges and universities collect in room and board under normal circumstances and how many of their students live on campus. Yesterday the University of Maine system said refunds would cost it nearly $13 million, or 2.3 percent of its budgeted revenue for the year.

    The University of West Florida also announced yesterday that it will offer all summer courses online this year. Today it said all undergraduate and graduate students will have the option of taking courses on a pass/fail basis this spring.

    – Rick Seltzer

    Hiring Freezes Begin

    March 26, 11:10 a.m. Dozens of colleges and universities have announced hiring freezes, according to self-reported information.

    Faculty and staff self-reported the freezes to the blog The Professor Is In, and they have not been verified.

    The list includes a range of institutions: Yale, Brown and Duke Universities; the Colorado School of Mines; and state universities in Kansas, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

    – Madeline St. Amour

    Move-Outs Postponed

    March 26, 11:10 a.m. The University of Maryland is postponing move-outs for students until further notice.

    The university cites guidance from Larry Hogan, governor of Maryland

    Originally, students who wished to return to campus to get their belongings and officially move out were told to come to campus between March 27 and April 5. But it's not clear if doing so would go against public health recommendations to maximize social distancing, the release states.

    The institution plans to send out a new appointment schedule once conditions in Maryland allow for students to return to campus to check out. Students who need to retrieve critical items, like passports or necessary medication, are asked to contact the department of resident life.

    Residents who are still living on campus are asked to continue with their move-out plans following public health and travel guidelines if it is safe for them to do so. Students who were approved for emergency on-campus housing starting April 5 can remain in residence halls.

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    – Madeline St. Amour

    Unemployment Surges With 3.3 Million New Claims

    March 26, 9:30 a.m. Last week 3.3 million Americans filed for unemployment, the Labor Department reported, a surge that shattered the previous record of 695,000 claims in October 1982.

    Repercussions of the depression-level spike will be felt broadly across higher education, experts said. Colleges and universities themselves have begun to struggle as broad swaths of the economy have been shut down amid social-distancing efforts to blunt the pandemic. Many are freezing new hires, cutting pay or laying off staff members, particularly contract workers. More such actions, including furloughs, are likely in coming weeks.

    State budgets are certain to feel the hit of the sputtering economy and unemployment in declining tax revenues. For example, New Jersey this week froze $921 million in previously allocated state spending amid severe projected tax revenue drops, including roughly $100 million for public colleges and universities.

    Bryan Alexander, a futurist and researcher at Georgetown University, on Twitter said the unemployment numbers spell major challenges for higher education.

    – Paul Fain

    Stimulus Package Contains $1 Billion for Colleges Serving Minority, Low-Income, First-Generation Students

    March 25, 5:10 p.m. The bipartisan stimulus package that congressional lawmakers are expected to approve today has earmarked just over $1 billion of dedicated funding for colleges and universities that serve a high percentage of minority, low-income and first-generation college students.

    The funding will help historically black colleges and universities, tribal colleges and universities, and other minority-serving institutions cover the operational costs of responding to the coronavirus pandemic. The costs include transitioning from in-person, on-campus instruction to distance and online options, assisting some students with the costs of moving off-campus and returning home, keeping residential halls open for those who cannot go home, and ensuring that campus buildings are safe and free of the virus. All those costs « put a tremendous unforeseen financial strain on institutions that have historically been underfunded, » according to the United Negro College Fund.

    The UNCF led an effort by the affected institutions to call on Congress to respond to the needs of HBCUs, which serve a disproportionately high percentage of low-income and first-generation college students, who are largely dependent on federal financial aid and other types of financial assistance and student loan programs. The HBCUs and other higher education institutions that will receive the funding tend to have small endowments and are highly tuition-driven.

    “I want to thank the congressional leadership for responding to our call and the needs of HBCUs, and indeed the rest of the higher education community,” UNCF president and CEO Michael L. Lomax said in a prepared statement. “I call on the House and Senate to swiftly pass this legislation. Also, let me be clear: the COVID-19 pandemic is hitting HBCUs hard. All emergencies that hit the higher education system seem to hit HBCUs harder because we serve mostly Pell Grant-eligible students.”

    – Marjorie Valbrun

    UMaine System Estimates Room and Board Refunds to Cost Nearly $13 Million

    March 25, 4:40 p.m. The University of Maine system is estimating that refunding room and board to students who are no longer living on campus because of the coronavirus outbreak will cost $12.85 million.

    That’s about 2.3 percent of the university’s total revenue budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, which is $553 million. Pressure to issue room and board refunds is one important source of financial stress for colleges and universities scrambling to protect students from the pandemic by sending them home and transitioning>

    “Our students were planning on having a place to live and having meals provided through the end of the semester by our universities,” a spokesman for the Maine system said in an email. “Students still have essential food and shelter needs that the university can no longer meet and they are entitled to refunds to help cover their living expenses.”

    The system decided to adjust room and board charges by 46 percent for the semester, based on 102 days a student would have been in a residence hall for the entire semester. When the university’s spring break began March 13, a total of 47 days remained in the term.

    The adjustment percentage applies at all system campuses. Refunds are expected to be complete by March 31.

    Details about the refunds emerged today as the system announced it had resumed>

    “Today’s resumption of>

    The system is extending the deadline for students to choose pass/fail grading options. It plans to keep paying federal work-study students unable to work on campus or remotely for the remainder of the spring semester. It will pay non-federal work-study students who are employees through a pay period ending April 4.

    It has similarly committed to full pay for regular employees through April 4.

    – Rick Seltzer

    S&P Issues Negative Outlook for Private Student Housing Projects

    March 25, 4:20 p.m. Citing impacts and uncertainties tied to the COVID-19 pandemic, S&P Global Ratings today moved its outlook to negative for private student housing projects connected to U.S. colleges and universities.

    The outlook is in part a reflection of expected business conditions the projects will face. But it also reflects some stresses being felt at colleges and universities themselves.

    They include a “sudden and potentially prolonged decline in student housing occupancy” and subsequent loss of rental revenue as colleges turn to online learning. Potential effects are uncertain and the situation is evolving, S&P noted.

    “Given this and the lack of clarity around the possible duration of the COVID-19 outbreak, in our opinion, fall 2020 enrollment at U.S. colleges and universities will likely be weaker than expected, and occupancy in privatized student housing projects could be negatively affected

    A small number of student housing projects S&P rates could receive financial support from colleges and universities through arrangements like first-fill agreements or lease-vacancy guarantees.

    S&P noted that some universities with private student housing projects have announced termination or cancellation arrangements allowing students to end leases without paying some rent or cancellation fees. Private housing projects will likely need to issue prorated rent refunds in such cases, the ratings agency said.

    “In certain cases, the sponsor institutions have agreed to pay the privatized student housing projects the rent they would have received under the terminated or cancelled lease agreements upon submission of appropriate documentation “In our view, this extraordinary university support is a positive credit factor that mitigates the projects' operating risk in the short term. However, even in these cases, we believe there is medium-term risk related to fall 2020 enrollment and related housing occupancies, and the future ability or willingness of these sponsor institutions to help support the projects.”

    The situation could vary from campus to campus.

    S&P rates 63 private student housing projects across the country.

    – Rick Seltzer

    Professors: Bail Out People, Not Companies

    March 25, 4:15 p.m. Dozens of professors specializing in economics, finance and law have signed a letter criticizing the Senate’s proposed stimulus legislation.

    “Spending taxpayer money to bail out large corporations is a huge mistake. The money should instead be spent on the people who are most affected,” the letter states.

    The $2 trillion package would include $500 billion in loans for distressed companies.

    “Bailing out corporations is actually bailing out investors,” said Jonathan Berk, professor of finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. “We are essentially moving money from poor people to rich people.”

    The professors stressed that bankruptcy for larger companies doesn’t mean total liquidation. United Airlines, for example, continued operations while filing for bankruptcy in the past, according to Berk.

    It’s best to think of corporations as two pieces, he said: the operating corporation, and how it’s financed. When a corporation is bailed out, that benefits the people financing it. It doesn’t really affect whether it can operate, Berk said.

    The financial crisis isn’t being caused by whether companies are doing well, either, Berk said. Rather, the market is reflecting the impact of the health pandemic. The way to fix that is to stop the spread of the coronavirus and find a vaccine for it.

    “Every dollar that’s taken away from supporting investors and United Airlines and put into families and into our medical system to make sure that we beat this crisis is going to serve us much better in the long run,” said Paul Pfleiderer, professor of finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

    When asked about whether the United States could see a “double dip” pandemic if the administration calls for an end to social distancing too soon, the professors said they are worried.

    “We’re seeing a fragility of the economy” due to corporations loading up on cheap debt, said Anat Admati, professor of finance and economics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. “The consequences of ignoring health experts are dire for everybody — for both people and the economy.”

    – Madeline St. Amour

    Tax-Free Student Loan Payments by Employers

    March 25, 4:00 p.m. The Senate's proposed $2 trillion stimulus bill includes a tax break for student loan payments made by employers.

    A growing number of mostly large companies have been offering to pay down part of the student loan balances for employees and new hires. For example, PricewaterhouseCoopers last year announced that it had paid $25 million toward the student loan debt of employees. The auditing and professional services company offers $1,200 in loan repayment per year for up to six years for its associates and senior associates.

    Experts in the employer college tuition and loan benefits space — estimated to include more than $20 billion in annual spending by employers — have said a tax incentive could dramatically expand such programs. The 619-page stimulus bill would move in this direction.

    Section 2206 of the proposal would exclude from taxation any payment made this year « by an employer, whether paid to the employee or to a lender, of principal or interest on any qualified education loan incurred by the employee for education of the employee. »

    Criticizing the provision was Jason Delisle, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

    « It gives employers a big incentive to set up loan repayment plans under which they will effectively pay employees who have student loans more than employees who don't, » Delisle said on Twitter. « That doesn't make sense. The reasons people have student debt are varied — the debt is not a proxy for hardship. »

    Sara VanWagoner is vice president of corporate growth for Edcor, one of the larger players in the employer benefits' field. She said a non-taxable benefit for student loan assistance benefits payments would be a « huge win » for both employers and employees.

    « Employers will be more open to offering the benefit, allowing for improved recruitment, retention and diversity initiatives, » VanWagoner said via email. « Employees can pay down their student debt even faster, without the burden of paying additional taxes on the benefit dollars. »

    – Paul Fain

    No Involuntary Collections of Late Student Loan Payments

    March 25, 2:36 p.m. Betsy DeVos, the U.S. education secretary, announced the department will stop collection actions and garnishing the wages of borrowers who are behind on their student loan payments. The order is in effect for at least 60 days during the coronavirus outbreak.

    To implement the order, DeVos said the Education Department has stopped asking the Treasury Department to withhold overdue payments from defaulted borrowers' federal income tax refunds, Social Security payments and other federal payments.

    « These are difficult times for many Americans, and we don't want to do anything that will make it harder for them to make ends meet or create additional stress, » DeVos said in a statement. « Americans counting on their tax refund or Social Security check to make ends meet during this national emergency should receive those funds, and our actions today will make sure they do. »

    DeVos also said the Education Department has asked private collection agencies it contracts with to stop collection activities against the borrowers, including calling them and sending letters and billing statements.

    – Kery Murakami

    Senate Bill Money for Institutions ‘Woefully Inadequate'

    March 25, 2:25 p.m. The president of the umbrella association representing colleges and universities said the amount of aid for higher education institutions included in the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill headed to a vote in the Senate is “woefully inadequate.”

    While the bill is still being finalized and education lobbyists are reviewing the mammoth document, a summary of the proposal said it includes $30.75 billion in grants to “provide emergency support to local school systems and higher education institutions to continue to provide educational services to their students.” That amount appears to be about $29 billion less than what higher education institutions could potentially get in the bill proposed by House Democrats, but $21 billion more than what Senate Republicans had initially proposed, one higher education lobbyist said.

    Ted Mitchell, president of the American Council on Education, said in a statement that the bill includes some easing of regulations, which institutions sought, and excuses student loan borrowers from making payments for six months, though, « in this area too there is more that could be done. » But Mitchell said, “we cannot stress enough that overall, the assistance included in the measure for students and institutions is far below what is required to respond to the financial disaster confronting them.”

    Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer acknowledged on the Senate floor that the bill does not go as far as advocates for debt cancellation had wanted. “This bill is far from perfect,” he said. “Many flaws remain, some serious. By no stretch of the imagination is this the bill Democrats would have written had we been in the majority. … We would have included more relief for student borrowers.”

    – Kery Murakami

    Early Graduation for NYU Medical Students

    March 25, 1:10 p.m. New York University's Grossman School of Medicine is allowing some medical students to graduate early to help in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

    Students in the graduating Class of 2020 who meet completion requirements will be able to start working as early as April, according to Brief19 which obtained a copy of the dean's letter to students.

    The dean told students they would be fully compensated if they elect to graduate early, according to Brief19, and the offer is open for students studying any field of medicine. The intent is to relieve front-line health workers in New York who are working overtime to treat those with COVID-19.

    – Madeline St. Amour

    Six-Month Loan Deferment in Senate Bill

    March 25, noon. Student loan borrowers would be allowed to defer making payments for six months, without interest, through Sept. 30, according to a summary of the $2 trillion stimulus package Senate leaders agreed to at 1 a.m. Wednesday morning. The full bill is still being written and hasn’t yet been released.

    But according to summaries of the bill making the rounds among education advocacy groups and obtained by Inside Higher Ed, the measure will also include changes sought by advocates such as not requiring Pell Grant students to repay money to the federal government if their terms are disrupted by the coronavirus emergency.

    However, the bill is expected to disappoint advocates who had embraced Democratic proposals in the House and Senate, in which the federal government would have made the payments on behalf of borrowers, reducing their balances by at least $10,000. The summary did not mention any loan cancellation.

    A separate summary contains $30.75 billion in grants to “provide emergency support to local school systems and higher education institutions to continue to provide educational services to their students and support.” That amount appears be about $29 billion less than what higher education institutions could potentially get in the bill proposed by House Democrats, but $21 billion more than what Senate Republicans had initially proposed, one higher education lobbyist said. Associations representing institutions that were disappointed with the previous proposals were still waiting for the full bill before they commented on the level of funding.

    The bill requires the secretary to defer student loan payments, principal and interest for six months, through Sept. 30, 2020.

    The Senate is expected to pass the measure later today.

    – Kery Murakami

    Layoffs, Pay Cuts and Hiring Freezes

    March 25, 10 a.m. < has announced temporary layoffs of dozens of employees The university did not specify how many employees were laid off, what their job roles are or if it is committed to bringing them back when the campus opens again.

    « After reviewing the job duties of employees who are required to work from home, the university concluded that the work performed by some of its employees is not amenable to working remotely « Accordingly, LIU has reluctantly decided to temporarily lay off a small percentage of its workforce for the next 30 days. The university has committed to making no further adjustments during this period. »

    In February following similar shifts in recent years. The university’s overall enrollment declined by about 10 percent over four years, to roughly 5,500 students last year. It said the program-offering changes were an attempt to prioritize more high-demand fields.

    A growing number of colleges and universities have announced pay cuts and hiring freezes amid the initial financial hit from the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, Quinnipiac University this week cut pay for faculty and staff members. And the University of Bridgeport recently said a budget deficit and the pandemic’s impact will lead to staff cuts.

    Meanwhile, two flagship public universities said they were committed to paying employees through the crisis.

    Eric Barron, Pennsylvania State University’s president, said Tuesday that some of the university’s auxiliary and other units were losing millions of dollars. But Barron said Penn State would pay the full salary of its workers through at least April 30.

    “We want to make sure that employees do not experience an abrupt financial dislocation, and we will wait until mid-April to make any determination with respect to any potential furloughs or layoffs that may be necessary after April 30, in light of this unprecedented situation,” he said in the statement.

    Indiana University, Bloomington, earlier this week said it was freezing staff hires and that faculty searches will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. But Michael McRobbie, IU’s president, said in a statement Monday that staff members will not be required to use any accrued time off for absences related to the crisis. And employees who are designated as essential and required to work on campus will receive premium pay of time and a half for that work.

    McRobbie also thanked the university’s employees in his message:

    I extend my most sincere thanks, that of IU’s senior leadership and that of the IU Trustees to all our faculty who are working with such breakneck speed to transform their courses to all virtual instruction. Our most sincere thanks to all our staff who provide the myriad support services that are making this transformation possible. Our most sincere thanks to all the staff who are keeping as much as possible of the normal business of the university operating the police and other public safety officials, and our health care workers who are working with those who have or have been exposed to COVID-19. To all of you we express our most grateful thanks.

    – Paul Fain

    Quinnipiac Cutting Pay

    March 24, 5 p.m. Quinnipiac University in Connecticut notified faculty and staff members on Monday that they will face pay cuts.

    The university said the decision is due to the coronavirus pandemic, the New Haven Independent reported.

    “The far-reaching disruptions caused by Covid-19 have resulted in significant additional expenses for our university and lost revenues from programs that were canceled. In addition, the pandemic creates uncertainty in our future enrollment projections,” Judy Olian, president of Quinnipiac, wrote in an email to faculty and staff, according to the Independent. “Accordingly, we are taking measured steps now to address our financial reality.”

    All employees will receive temporary salary reductions from April 1 through June 30. Those earning $50,000 or less annually will receive a 3-percent reduction, with others receive a 5-percent reduction.

    Members of the management committee, including Olian, will take larger pay cuts.

    Merit increases also will be eliminated for the 2020-21 academic year.

    – Madeline St. Amour

    Dem Aide: Ambitious Debt Cancellation ‘Not Happening'

    March 24, 2:35 p.m. A Democratic aide tells Inside Higher Ed the $10,000 debt cancellation Democrats in the House and Senate wanted as part of the coronavirus rescue legislation is not a viable option. A smaller form of cancellation is possible, the aide said.

    « Republicans balked at the large-scale cancellation of student loans, » the aide said. « We pushed until the end, but it’s not happening. »

    Senate Republicans had proposed to excuse borrowers from making their monthly payments, without interest accruing, for at least 60 days. Senate Democrats, however, want the federal government to make monthly payments for federal loan borrowers so their debt will go down by at least $10,000. Democrats in the House on Monday night proposed the same thing but would also offer relief to those with private loans, up to $10,000.

    A senior Republican Senate aide told Inside Higher Ed this morning, “Senate Republicans believe there are more efficient ways to provide relief to students, borrowers and all Americans — ways that are reflected in the legislation that Democrats continue to obstruct.”

    But the Democratic aide countered, “When Republicans say ‘more efficient ways,’ they mean ways that don’t provide substantial relief to students. There are also ‘more efficient ways’ to put money in people’s pockets, but that’s never stopped them from arguing for massive income tax rate cuts for the super-rich.”

    – Kery Murakami

    Central Washington Declares Financial Exigency

    March 24, 2:30 p.m. Central Washington University is declaring a state of financial exigency.

    The public university's Board of Trustees cited issues stemming from the novel coronavirus in their proclamation, which was first reported on Twitter by Dan Bauman, a reporter at The Chronicle of Higher Education.

    Financial exigency refers to an imminent financial crisis that threatens the institution's survival. This declaration will let Central Washington take unusual steps to cut costs, such as potentially laying off tenured faculty members.

    The board anticipates that the measures the university took to prevent the spread of the virus, such as canceling in-person>

    The loss of economic activity and tax revenue for the state from the pandemic also is likely to lead to less funding for public institutions, the board's letter said.

    – Madeline St. Amour

    Harvard's President Tests Positive

    March 24, 1 p.m. The president of Harvard University has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

    In a letter to the university community, Lawrence Bacow said he and his wife, Adele, learned today they both tested positive.

    The couple began experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 on Sunday. They've been working from home and practicing social distancing since March 14, according to the letter, and are unsure how they caught the virus.

    « This virus can lay anyone low. We all need to be vigilant and keep following guidelines to limit our contact with others, » Bacow wrote. « Your swift actions over the past few weeks — to respond to the needs of our community, to fulfill our teaching mission and to pursue research that will save lives — have moved me deeply and made me extraordinarily grateful and proud. »

    – Madeline St. Amour

    COVID-19 Death at New York's International House

    March 24, 11:43 a.m. A resident of International House — a living-learning community in New York City connected with Columbia University — died Saturday of complications of COVID-19, and International House reported today that another member of its community had tested positive for COVID-19 and “has been recovering without complications outside the premises for over two weeks.” International House also said a staff member tested positive several weeks ago and is also recovering at home without complications.

    International House said in a statement it is accelerating efforts to shut down the larger of its two buildings, “which contains numerous communal spaces such as study rooms, lounges and dining facilities,” as well as shared bathrooms. Another building, which has self-contained apartments, remains open.

    – Elizabeth Redden

    Push for More Donations in Stimulus

    March 24, 11:20 a.m. Colleges and universities are hoping to see a Republican proposal to encourage more charitable donations during the coronavirus crisis included in the mammoth stimulus package being negotiated in Congress.

    The American Council on Education and 18 other higher education associations in a letter Monday to Senator James Lankford, an Oklahoma Republican, called for allowing nonitemizing taxpayers to deduct charitable gifts up to one-third of the standard deduction, or $4,000 for individuals and $8,000 for married couples.

    « Your proposed temporary Universal Charitable Deduction — widely supported by the charitable community — would provide a significant giving incentive for all taxpayers during a time of incredible need, » the letter said. « It would also provide immediate support to help colleges and universities continue fulfilling their teaching, research and public service missions. »

    – Kery Murakami

    Students Return to Liberty's Campus

    March 24, 11 a.m. Liberty University students are returning to the Virginia campus from their spring breaks, bucking the trend of colleges sending students home for the rest of the semester.

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    “While some colleges basically threw their hands up and just shut down and left the problem for somebody else to deal with, Liberty's executive staff rolled their sleeves up,” Jerry Falwell Jr., Liberty’s president “I've been so impressed meeting with them every day; they have stepped up to the plate and made necessary changes to help the students. If there was a medal of honor for their type of service, I'd give every one of them one for their incredible work and how creative they are. I don't think there's another university in the country that has a staff as good as ours.”

    Other university operations also are open. Staff are running the dining hall and fitness center for students but limiting occupancy to 10 people at a time to follow the statewide ban on gatherings of more than 10 people.

    The Virginia Department of Health sent an inspector for a surprise visit to the campus after the governor announced the 10-person limit The university was found to be in compliance with all restrictions.

    Annex I, a former hotel owned by Liberty, is being used to quarantine those with symptoms of the coronavirus.

    The campus is closed to visitors, though, and campus events are being canceled on a two-week basis.

    – Madeline St. Amour

    Debt Cancellation Faces Opposition from Senate Republicans

    March 24, 10:50 a.m. As negotiations reportedly continued over a massive stimulus package, a senior Republican Senate aide threw doubt on the idea of including the cancellation of student debt in the package, as Democrats in the Senate and House propose.

    “Senate Republicans believe there are more efficient ways to provide relief to students, borrowers and all Americans — ways that are reflected in the legislation that Democrats continue to obstruct,” the aide said, referring to the Senate Republican proposal to excuse borrowers from making their monthly payments, without interest accruing, for at least 60 days.

    Senate Democrats want the federal government to make the monthly payments for federal loan borrowers so their debt will go down by at least $10,000. Democrats in the House on Monday night proposed the same thing, but would also offer relief of up to $10,000 for those with private loans.

    – Kery Murakami

    AERA Cancels Upcoming Meeting

    March 24, 9:45 a.m. Less than three weeks after laying out plans to change its upcoming annual meeting to a virtual version, the American Educational Research Association is saying that it is now canceling that virtual conference.

    A unanimous March 22 resolution from the association’s governing body, the AERA Council, made the cancellation of the virtual conference official. The original in-person gathering had been expected to draw 16,000 or more people to San Francisco from April 17 to 21.

    The initial effort to change to a virtual conference came as leaders hoped to create an online platform without cost to anyone, wrote AERA executive director Felice J. Levine and AERA president Vanessa Siddle Walker in a message to members and those who had registered for the meeting. They’d planned to give presenters and participants the chance to share work and connect with audiences from around the world.

    “Yet, the rapidly changing circumstances, even as recently as this weekend, made us question whether our vision of a safe-haven virtual environment could be realized,” Levine and Walker wrote now sweeping the United States, over the last week to assess whether our vision of a free, open-access Virtual Annual Meeting for all would continue to provide the safe and secure space for participants and attendees we had imagined, or whether it was adding to a ‘to do’ list growing exponentially for far too many.”

    AERA describes itself as the largest national interdisciplinary research association devoted to the scientific study of education and learning.

    – Rick Seltzer

    N.J. Freezes Nearly $1 Billion in State Spending

    March 24, 9:20 a.m. Citing a « precipitous » expected decline in tax collection and pension liabilities, New Jersey has frozen $921 million in state government spending, Elizabeth Maher Muoio, New Jersey's treasurer, said in a written statement.

    Funding streams the state has placed in the reserve spending freeze included $71 million in college operating aid, $21 million in tuition assistance and $10 million in county college operating costs.

    « The impact of COVID-19 on the state, its economy, and budget and finances is unpredictable and rapidly changing, but the state believes that events surrounding COVID-19 will negatively impact the state’s economy and financial condition, » Muoio said. « The actual impact of COVID-19 on the state, its economy and its budget and finances will heavily depend on future events, including future events outside of the control of the state, and actions by the federal government as well as nations across the world. »

    – Paul Fain

    Tribal Colleges Call for More Funding

    March 23, 5:50 p.m. The American Indian Higher Education Consortium is asking its members to advocate for special funding to help tribal colleges mitigate the coronavirus pandemic.

    Many tribal colleges and universities have little to no existing capacity for online teaching Many also lack a consistent IT infrastructure.

    The consortium estimates the colleges need $140 million to install community-based internet access points, update outdated IT infrastructure, implement learning management systems for online teaching and provide professional development for faculty.

    « With the spread of COVID-19, TCUs and TCU students are faced with tremendous, disruptive change. We need to secure our campuses, move to online learning, and create safe spaces and opportunities to learn at a distance, » the release states. « Yet TCUs have the worst internet access, at the highest average cost, when compared to all other colleges and universities in the United States. TCUs educate more enrolled American Indians and Alaska Natives than any other postsecondary education institutions in the U.S. — and our students need and deserve equitable resources. »

    Current proposals include emergency aid, but only a limited amount for tribal colleges, according to the release.

    – Madeline St. Amour

    Details in House Democrats' Stimulus Plan

    March 23, 5 p.m. As Senate Democrats continued to negotiate a more than $1 trillion economic stimulus package, Democrats in the House were circulating a draft of their own proposal, expected to be released later Monday. The proposal mirrors the plan laid out by Senate Democrats but goes further in some respects.

    Like the Senate Democratic plan, House Democrats proposed for the federal government to cover monthly student loan payments for borrowers, as long as a national emergency declaration over the coronavirus epidemic continues. And the payments would reduce the balances of what borrowers owe.

    In contrast, Senate Republicans have proposed excusing borrowers from making monthly payments for six months, interest-free. But when the payments are required again, borrowers’ balances would be what they are now.

    House Democrats would go further than their peers in the Senate by making payments for private student loans as well, for 22 months. Borrowers who are behind on their payments but aren’t yet in default would be placed retroactively in forbearance so they would be considered current in making payments. And the government would pay their monthly payments.

    The proposal also has more funding as well for higher education institutions than the $6 billion proposed by Senate Republicans. Thirty percent of $30 billion in funding allocated to states would be set aside for colleges and universities under the plan. Institutions also could get more because some of an additional 40 percent of state grants could be distributed between K-12 and higher education.

    In addition, another $9.5 billion, including $1.5 billion for historically black colleges and universities, would be distributed through as-yet-undetermined grant process to reimburse institutions for coronavirus-related costs.

    Terry Hartle, the American Council on Education’s senior vice president for government and public affairs, worried that the grant process would take too long to help institutions that need immediate financial help.

    – Kery Murakami

    Coronavirus Call Centers

    March 23, 3:45 p.m. Got questions about coronavirus ? Some colleges are starting call centers to provide answers for students, parents and staff members.

    Purdue University is launching its call center today to provide information on what COVID-19 means for the university in Indiana, from housing to financial aid to academics. University employees will staff the center Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

    Mississippi State University is also providing a phone number for people to call, as is Mississippi Delta Community College.

    The call center at the community college is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Staff members will have information on current campus operations, like admissions, financial aid and online>

    – Madeline St. Amour

    Colleges, Organizations Offer Emergency Aid to Students

    March 23, 3:20 p.m. Colleges and universities are offering emergency funds to students in light of the spread of a novel coronavirus.

    The Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation launched a new emergency aid fund for students affected by the pandemic with a $250,000 contribution from the NOVA Foundation. More than half of NOVA's students work in full- or part-time jobs, many of which are now at risk as the country enters a recession.

    “Ensuring every NOVA student succeeds is our highest priority always,” Anne Kress, NOVA's president “But especially now, as our students face unprecedented challenges, we have an obligation to ensure they have our support. Our students will help our community rebuild and prosper but they can only do this if we provide the assistance they need. I encourage everyone to consider donating to the Emergency Student Aid Fund.”

    Temple University in Philadelphia also is offering emergency aid funds for students who apply, as well as partnering with community groups to offer services like food pantries

    Several organizations have partnered to start the Student Relief Fund, which has so far raised $95,000 to help students whose lives were affected by COVID-19.

    – Madeline St. Amour

    Pelosi to Propose More for Higher Education, Relief for Borrowers

    March 23, 2:20 p.m. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said House Democrats will propose slightly more aid for higher education institutions than Republicans proposed in the Senate. While short on details, Pelosi said in a statement that the House Democratic proposal « pumps nearly $40 billion into schools and universities, with $30 billion directly provided to states to help them stabilize their funding for schools and nearly $10 billion to help alleviate the harm caused by coronavirus on higher education institutions, while providing them with added flexibility to continue operating during the crisis. »

    She added that « the legislation also helps current borrowers with their student debt burden and GI Bill benefits. We also bolster SNAP and other initiatives to address food insecurity. »

    Associations representing colleges and universities were alarmed that the proposal from Senate Republicans included $6 billion for institutions.

    – Kery Murakami

    House Dems: $30,000 in Student Loan Relief for Each Borrower

    March 23, 2 p.m. As the Senate again failed to garner enough votes Monday afternoon to consider a stimulus package of more than $1 trillion proposed by Republicans, progressive House Democrats pressed for an even larger cancellation of student debt than Senate Democrats have proposed.

    One of the unresolved issues dividing Democratic and Republican senators has been whether to cancel debt. Republicans only want to suspend loan payments for six months. Democrats want the federal government to make the payments for borrowers with federal student loans and to reduce their balance by at least $10,000 each.

    Meanwhile, as House Democrats prepare their own proposal, Representatives Ayanna Pressley, a Massachusetts Democrat, and Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, on Monday introduced a bill in which the federal government would make monthly payments on behalf of borrowers. But this proposal would guarantee canceling up to $30,000 of student loan debt per borrower.

    It’s unclear how much support the proposal has even among House Democrats. Politico reported on Sunday that Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told congressional leaders and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin she wants a package dealing with the economic fallout of the coronavirus outbreak to include at least $10,000 in debt cancellation.

    Last week Pressley and Omar were among 27 House Democrats to urge Pelosi in a letter to include debt cancellation in any stimulus bill. But they did not mention a dollar figure.

    – Kery Murakami

    Amy Klobuchar's Husband Tests Positive

    March 23, 1 p.m. John Bessler, a professor and husband of Amy Klobuchar, the U.S. senator and former Democratic presidential candidate, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19.

    Bessler is a professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law. He became ill while in Washington, D.C., subsequently quarantined himself and stopped going to work, according to a statement from Klobuchar, who is in Minnesota.

    He is now at a hospital in Virginia and is on oxygen but is not on a ventilator.

    « I love my husband so very much and not being able to be there at the hospital by his side is one of the hardest things about this disease, » Klobuchar said in her statement.

    – Madeline St. Amour

    SNHU Creates Training for Drive-Through Testing

    March 23, 12:35 p.m. Southern New Hampshire University on Monday unveiled a suite of free resources in light of the novel coronavirus, including modules on how to run a drive-through COVID-19 test site.

    The private nonprofit college is offering online trainings and education resources for educators, front-line workers and health-care workers

    One of the microcredentials offered is targeted at health-care workers, like retail pharmacy technicians, volunteer health-care workers and EMTs. The free training will teach those workers how to operate drive-through testing sites for the virus.

    “The spread of COVID-19 has shown us the critical importance of collaboration and helping those in need,” Paul LeBlanc, president and CEO of the university, said in the release. “This work together is both a sign of solidarity, and a sign of our collective commitment to the good and wellbeing of all people.”

    Southern New Hampshire is partnering with Guild Education, a for-profit company that helps companies offer education assistance programs to employees, and Penn Foster, a for-profit high school, for those trainings. The three organizations have also compiled resources for front-line workers who can't work from home during this time and need guidance on how to remain safe.

    The microcredentials will give employees badges or certificates they can show to employers. Topics include personal finance management, maintaining mental health and leading in uncertain times.

    The university, which specializes in online education, is also providing free information on how to get an online course up and running, as well as a set of online modules for K-12 instructors.

    – Madeline St. Amour

    ETS Unveils At-Home Versions of GRE and TOEFL

    March 23, 9:30 a.m. The Educational Testing Service today unveiled a GRE and a TOEFL that can be taken at home. The tests were designed to be taken on a computer with live human proctoring.

    « These at-home solutions are identical in content, format, on-screen experience, scoring and pricing, » said a statement from ETS.

    The tests, which are open for registration today, will initially only be given in certain countries:

    • États Unis
    • Canada
    • Colombie
    • France
    • Allemagne
    • Italie
    • Espagne
    • Hong Kong (China)
    • Macau (China)

    « ETS is working toward making these at-home solutions available in additional locations in the coming weeks, » the statement said.

    – Scott Jaschik

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