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Before and During an Outbreak

At all times…

  1. Encourage your staff or community members to protect their personal health.
  2. Post the signs and symptoms of COVID-19:
    fever, cough, shortness of breath.
  3. Encourage people to stay home when sick.
  4. Clean surfaces that are frequently touched – things such as shared desks, countertops, kitchen areas, electronics, and doorknobs.
  5. Limit events and meetings that require close contact.
  6. Stay up to date on developments in your community.
  7. Create an emergency plan for possible outbreak.
  8. Assess if community members are at higher risk and plan accordingly.

During an outbreak in your area

  1. Send home or separate anyone who becomes sick.
  2. If you identify a case, inform people who might have been exposed.
  3. Continue to safely clean and disinfect the person's area.
  4. Connect with your local health departments.
  5. Cancel large meetings or events.
  6. Put your infectious disease outbreak plan into action.

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Specific guidance for schools and programs

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  • Make hand cleaning supplies readily available.
  • Encourage students and staff to stay home if sick.
  • Monitor absenteeism.
  • Plan for digital and distance learning.
  • Be prepared to temporarily dismiss or close schools and cancel events.
    • Short term dismissals for cleaning and contact tracing if you have a case.
    • Longer dismissals if you have substantial spread in your area.
  • Plan ways to continue student services such as school meal programs if schools close.
  • Stagger staffing or schedules to reduce in-person interaction.
  • Work with your local health department for guidance on closures and re-openings.

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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, an NCAA press release said.

“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 Saint Paul, Minn, said in the release.

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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 with 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.

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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. Secretary [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, according to a press release. 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 press release said.

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, and public health experts for the decision in a news release.

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.

Online classes are still scheduled to resume March 30.

-- 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.

Bryan Alexander@BryanAlexander · Mar 26, 2020Replying to @BryanAlexanderPeople in education sometimes ask me why I track such data.
I'll explain for them.
Bryan Alexander@BryanAlexanderThink of it this way.
First, this is going to clobber state support for public universities.
State govs now have to pay more in unemployment insurance.
They will also have less tax revenue, since unemployed ppl spend less.
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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 classes to remote or online instruction. But it has remained unclear exactly how much refunds will cost most institutions, as many have been crunching the numbers.

“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 classes for nearly 27,000 students after extending spring break by two days to enable the move to distance education. Before spring break began, 5,809 students lived in residence halls. Today, 291 students remain due to what the system called extenuating personal circumstances.

“Today’s resumption of classes will be unlike anything before in the history of our universities,” Dannel Malloy, chancellor of the University of Maine system, said in a news release. “The transition to distance instruction and 95% reduction in our on-campus population were necessary to protect community health and help blunt the spread of the virus.”

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,” the ratings agency said in a news release.

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,” S&P said in its news release. “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.

Several professors who signed the letter answered questions today at a virtual press conference. They called for Congress to send money to the neediest Americans and not bail out companies like United Airlines.

“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.

The school tweeted the news today, saying it is still pending approval from its accrediting body and the state's education department.

Students in the graduating Class of 2020 who meet completion requirements will be able to start working as early as April, according to Brief19, a medical news outlet on the coronavirus started by physicians, 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. LIU Post, which is part of Long Island University, has announced temporary layoffs of dozens of employees, Newsday reported. 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," LIU Post said in a statement to the newspaper. "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, LIU Post froze new student enrollments in several academic majors, 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.

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 Equity and Excellence: African-American Children’s Access to Quality Preschool


What it means to be black in the American educational system

What it means to be black in the American educational system

What it means to be black in the American educational system

Black boys are almost three times as likely to be suspended than white boys, and black girls are four times as likely to be suspended than white girls.


Pre-K Education

Georgia's Pre-K Teacher of the Year is the first black man to win the award

Surfing executive sentenced to prison in college admissions

Admission Scandal Snares Another

Federal prosecutors in Boston said Wednesday that surfing executive Jeffrey Bizzack has been sentenced to two months in prison for participating in the massive college admissions scheme. Prosecutors said Bizzack, 59, paid $250,000 in 2017 to get his son into the University of Southern California (USC) as a volleyball recruit, even though he did not play volleyball.


Chicago Strike: CPS, CTU strike is over


Chicago Strike: CPS, CTU still haven't worked out 'major issues' as strike enters 11th day.

Students return to school at Yates Elementary Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, in Chicago after a Chicago Teachers Union strike closed schools for 11 days

The Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools spent their second weekend at the bargaining table despite what school district negotiators call a "breach of trust" by the teachers.

CPS didn't elaborate on how CTU broke the district's trust, and union leaders said they didn't understand either. No deal was reached on Saturday, but both sides said the priority is to finally reach a deal that would bring an end to a strike that's entering its 11th day.


Education Secretary Betsy Devos


Betsy Devos

Has no clue about educational policies


Donald Trump and Betsy Devos

Both are destroying the future of our children

Federal Judge Holds DeVos in Contempt


Devos Held in Comptent by Federal Judge

A federal judge on Thursday held Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in contempt for violating an order to stop collecting loan payments from former Corinthian Colleges students.

Elizabeth Warren Promises to Fire Betsy DeVos


I believe in America’s public schools. And I believe that every kid in America should have the same access to a high-quality public education - no matter where they live, the color of their skin, or how much money their parents make. 

We’re not living up to that promise. Funding for public K-12 education is both inadequate and inequitable. I’ve long been concerned about the way that school systems rely heavily on local property taxes, shortchanging students in low-income areas and condemning communities caught in a spiral of decreasing property values and declining schools. Despite a national expectation of progress, public schools are more segregated today than they were thirty years ago, and the link between school funding and property values perpetuates the effects of ongoing housing discrimination and racist housing policies, like redlining, that restricted homeownership and home values for Black Americans. 

We ask so much of our public school teachers, paraprofessionals, and school staff. But instead of treating them like professionals - paying them well, listening to them, and giving them the support they need - we impose extreme accountability measures that punish them for factors they cannot possibly control. We divert public dollars from traditional public schools that need them, leave our students vulnerable to exploitative companies that prey on schools’ limited resources for profit, and allow corruption to undermine the quality of education that our students receive. 

And each of these trends has gotten worse under Betsy DeVos - a Secretary of Education who thinks traditional public schools are a “dead end.” 

We can do so much better for our students, our teachers, and our communities. I’ll start – as I promised in May – by replacing DeVos with a Secretary of Education who has been a public school teacher, believes in public education, and will listen to our public school teachers, parents, and students. 

But that’s just the beginning. As public school teachers across the country know, our schools do not have the financial resources they need to deliver a quality public education for every child. That’s why my plan invests hundreds of billions of dollars in our public schools - paid for by a two-cent wealth tax on fortunes above $50 million - and makes a series of legislative and administrative changes to achieve five objectives: 

  • Fund schools adequately and equitably so that all students have access to a great public education.
  • Renew the fight against segregation and discrimination in our schools.
  • Provide a warm, safe, and nurturing school climate for all our kids.
  • Treat teachers and staff like the professionals they are. 
  • Stop the privatization and corruption of our public education system.

Student Loan Update

Trump Education Official to Resign and Call for Mass Student Loan Forgiveness

A senior student-loan official in the Trump administration said he would resign Thursday and endorse canceling most of the nation’s outstanding student debt, calling the student-loan system “fundamentally broken.”


Scholars Address Issues of Mobility in Higher Education

Higher Education

Strategizing around how best to address policy makers on issues of access, student success and the impact of higher education, four prominent scholars gathered at New York University (NYU) on Friday to share their research.

Dr. Stella Flores began Friday’s discussion, “The New Mobility in Higher Education: Does a College Degree Matter?” with some important details about her family background. Her parents were Mexican farm workers who were able to attend college at a time when tuition and grants made it affordable. They earned degrees and had professional careers, which enabled Flores to grow up in a household where a priority was placed on education.


Issues of Concern to African American Women

Top 15  Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the country!

Educational Issues

Legislative Initiatives

Hearings on Capitol Hill on Educational Legislation

“Examining the USDA’s Proposed Cuts to Free School Meals"

Top Five Countries for the Best Education

Top 5 Countries for Education

In just a few decades, countries of the world will be governed by today's youth. Their thoughts and actions will be shaped by what they know and have experienced, making education, in many ways, one of the best predictors of a nation's future success.

The 2019 Best Countries for Education are ranked based on a perception-based global survey, which used a compilation of scores from three equally weighted country attributes: well-developed public education system, would consider attending university there and provides top quality education.

A mix of federally run and decentralized education systems rank highest. These are the top five. 

  1. United Kingdom
  2. USA
  3. Canada 
  4. Germany
  5. France

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Rankings - Top 15

Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are institutions of higher education in the United States that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of primarily serving the African-American community.

These historically black colleges and universities were compared only with one another for these rankings. To be on the list, a school must be currently designated by the U.S. Department of Education as an HBCU. To qualify for the U.S. News rankings, an HBCU also must be an undergraduate baccalaureate-granting institution that enrolls primarily first-year, first-time students and must be a school that is part of the 2019 Best Colleges rankings.

  1. Claflin University
  2. Howard University
  3. Hampton University
  4. Morehouse College
  5. Xavier University
  6. Fisk University
  7. Claflin University
  8. Claflin University
  9. North Carolina A & T
  10. Florida A&M University
  11. North Carolina Central University
  12. Dillard University
  13. Delaware State University
  14. Tougaloo College
  15. Morgan State University

News About Education

2020 race brings free college back to the national stage

After receding from the national stage, the free college movement is resurfacing as a central rallying point for Democrats as they set their sights on the White House.

At least 18 of the party’s 23 presidential contenders have come out in support of some version of free college . Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts promises free tuition at public colleges and universities. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota says it should be limited to two years of community college. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York wants to provide free tuition in exchange for public service.

The candidates are responding to what some say is a crisis in college affordability, an issue likely to draw attention in the first primary debates later this month. Year after year, colleges say they have to raise tuition to offset state funding cuts. Students have shouldered the cost by taking out loans, pushing the country’s student debt to nearly $1.6 trillion this year. Even for many in the middle class, experts say, college is increasingly moving out of reach.


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Black women bear largest burden in student debt crisis

Student Debt

 Black women have the highest student loan debt of any racial or ethnic group, according to a key study by American Association of University Women..

The college loans will only keep building as she finishes her undergraduate work in 2022 and then moves on for another two years in graduate school. The way she sees it now, she could end up with $20,000 or more in college debt down the road.

Young women like Bradshaw aren’t just juggling jobs in college these days; they also end up juggling the bulk of the student loan debt in the country. It makes them even more vulnerable in the next recession if they face job reductions or pay cuts. Some could be shut out of the middle class lifestyle that drives many to college in the first place. 



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