Category: Higher Ed

Managing COVID-19 Disruption: Accrediting Agencies Adopt Temporary Measures to Address Challenges

Robin Dasher-Alston, Naomi Harralson May and Caitlyn Shelby

Following ED’s release of guidance to accrediting agencies on March 17, including the flexibility to bypass public comment periods and adoption by full agency membership, accreditors have been developing and adopting new (and notably temporary) policies to address COVID-19 challenges.

Institutional Relief Under the CARES Act

Rebecca Flake, Shannon Noonan and Caitlyn Shelby

The CARES Act authorizes ED to allow institutions to ease certain federal student aid requirements, provide relief for certain students and borrowers with federally held student loans and relax certain requirements.

First Look at Postsecondary Institution Funding Under the CARES Act

Nancy Anderson and Paul Thompson

The CARES Act allows ED to make grant funding available to institutions of higher education to transition to online learning in the wake of COVID-19.

Managing COVID-19 Update: Legislative Fix Protects GI Bill Benefits

Matt Johnson, Shannon Noonan and Caitlyn Shelby

On March 21, President Trump signed into law S.3503, aimed at protecting student veterans benefits as more and more transition to online programs.

Managing COVID-19 Disruption: ED Updates Guidance for Changes and Interruptions of Study

Nancy Anderson and Rebecca Flake

The US Department of Education has issued a supplement to its March 5 guidance for interruptions of study related to COVID-19.

Managing COVID-19 Disruption: Key Student Privacy Requirements Remain Unchanged

Matt Johnson

As students of all ages urgently transition from a classroom to a virtual environment, concern over the protection of student privacy remains at a high level.

Managing COVID-19 Disruption: Online Accessibility and Anti-Discrimination in Schools

Nancy Anderson and Paul Thompson

The US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released guidance on civil rights issues in education when responding to COVID-19.

Managing COVID-19 Disruption: FERPA

Matt Johnson

The Department of Education released guidance for schools subject to FERPA requirements related to implementing plans in response to COVID-19.

Managing COVID-19 Disruption: GI Bill Benefits at Risk as Schools Transition Online

Marjorie Arrington, Matt Johnson, Shannon Noonan and Caitlyn Shelby

Students and veterans who rely on the Post-9/11 GI Bill’s education assistance could see those benefits reduced or paused without legislative action.

Managing COVID-19 Disruption: Title IV Processing

Nancy Anderson and Rebecca Flake

The Department of Education has issued guidance on Title IV processing in response to COVID-19.

Managing COVID-19 Disruption

Nancy Anderson, Naomi Harralson May and Paul Thompson

The coronavirus is causing major disruption to education, with schools and colleges canceling classes, shutting down campus operations and offering programs online. Cooley is monitoring the response and information about COVID-19 and will be addressing other issues for schools and education providers through additional posts.

Is Early Implementation of ED’s New State Authorization for Distance Rule Right for Your Institution?

Nancy Anderson, Caitlyn Shelby and Paul Thompson

The new state authorization for distance education regulations impose two key requirements and contain important differences from the 2016 rule that is currently in effect. We outline these and other key implementation points in this post.