COVID-19 Resources: WCET Policy Briefs and Federal/State Regulations

Resources on federal and state policies and regulations that are being impacted during the pandemic. This category includes topics such as accreditation, state authorization, veteran students, financial aid, and distance education authorization.

*** - Three asterisks means that we have identified these items as especially helpful and have pinned them permanently to the top of the list. After those items, all resources will be listed chronologically with the newest items first.

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WCET Policy Briefs and Analysis

Title with Hyperlink Author Date Published
WCET icon designating an internally created resource.Frontiers Blog: Licensing Certification and Dispersed Students, Oh My! Cheryl Dowd, WCET 4/30/20
WCET icon designating an internally created resource.Policy Brief: FERPA Concerns in Light of COVID-19 Institutional Decisions WCET 4/3/20
WCET icon designating an internally created resource.Policy Brief: SARA Annual Data Reporting WCET 4/3/20
WCET icon designating an internally created resource.Policy Brief: Education Relating to Professional Licensing Issues - Nursing WCET 4/1/20
WCET icon indicating an internally created resource.Policy Brief: COVID-19 and Academic Integrity WCET 4/1/20
WCET icon indicating an internally created resource.Policy Brief: Contemporary Consortium Agreements and COVID-19 WCET 3/31/20
WCET icon indicating an internally created resource.Policy Brief: USED Offers Flexibility When Enrollment Status Changes WCET 3/26/20
WCET icon showing an internally created resource.Policy Brief: Academic Complaints and Remote Delivery WCET 3/25/20
WCET icon indicating an internally created resource.Policy Brief: COVID-19 and Proctoring Costs WCET 3/25/20
WCET icon to signify and internally created resource.Policy Brief: Institutional Approval by Department of Education to Go Online WCET 3/19/20
WCET icon to signify and internally created resource.Policy Brief: Institutional Approval by Accreditors to Go Online WCET 3/21/20
WCET icon to signify and internally created resource.Policy Brief: Program Approval by Program Accreditors to Go Online WCET 3/21/20
WCET icon to signify an internally created resource.Policy Brief: State Authorization for Distance Education WCET 3/21/20
WCET icon to signify and internally created resource.Policy Brief: Accessibility for Courses Converted to Online WCET 3/23/20
WCET icon to signify and internally created resource.Policy Brief: GI Bill Benefits for Students Learning Online WCET 3/23/20
WCET icon to signify internally created resource.Frontiers Blog: Support for Veterans Shown by Congress’ Quick Response to Preserve GI Benefits during COVID-19 Cheryl Dowd, WCET 3/23/20
WCET icon to signify internally created resource.Policy Brief: Regular and Substantive Interaction When Going Online as a Response to COVID-19 WCET 3/19/20
WCET icon to signify an internally created resource.Policy Brief: Satisfactory Academic Progress and COVID-19 WCET 3/20/20
WCET icon to signify internally created resource.Frontiers Blog: GI Bill Guidance Provides Some Relief and Real Challenges for Veteran Students Cheryl Dowd and Dan Silverman, WCET 3/17/20
WCET icon to signify and internally created resource.Frontiers Blog: Accreditation, Continuity of Operations, and COVID-19 Van Davis, WCET 3/12/20
WCET icon to signify an internally created resource.Frontiers Blog: Breaking News: U.S. Department of Education Guidance for interruptions of study related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Cheryl Dowd, WCET 3/5/20

Federal Agencies

Title with Hyperlink Author Date Published
UPDATED Guidance for Interruptions of Study Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Office of Postsecondary Education, US Department of Education 5/15/20
Questions and Answers for Postsecondary Institutions Regarding the COVID-19 National Emergency US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights 5/12/20
Resources for State Colleges and Universities on the Coronavirus American Association of State Colleges and Universities Continuously Updated
Managing COVID-19 Disruption: Accrediting Agencies Adopt Temporary Measures to Address Challenges Robin Dasher-Alston, Naomi Harralson May, Caitlyn Shelby, CooleyED 4/6/20
Institutional Relief Under the CARES Act Rebecca Flake, Shannon Noonan, Caitlyn Shelby, CooleyED 4/3/20
COVID-19: Is There a Silver Lining for Higher Education Aaron Lacey, Thompson Coburn 3/26/20
Powers Update Regarding COVID-19 Guidance for Postsecondary Institutions Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville 3/25/20
COVID-19 Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel U.S. Department of Education  
U.S. Department of Education Releases Webinar, Fact Sheet for Protecting Students' Civil Rights During COVID-19 Response U.S. Department of Education 3/17/20
COVID-19 Guidance Weblinks Institutional (formerly regional) Accreditors WCET SAN 3/19/20
COVID-19 Weblinks Programmatic Accreditors WCET SAN 3/19/20
FERPA and COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions U.S. Department of Education, Student Privacy Policy Office 3/2020
Coronavirus and Forbearance Info for Students, Borrowers, and Parents Federal Student Aid  
Guidance for interruptions of study related to Coronavirus U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education Updated: 3/20/20
Information for Accrediting Agencies Regarding Temporary Flexibilities Provided to Coronavirus Impacted Institutions or Accrediting Agencies U.S. Department of Education 3/17/20
Information Update: VA preparing guidance for schools that change training modality due to COVID-19 U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs 3/13/20
Guidance on GI Bill Benefits from the Veterans Administration - Questions & Answers and Frequently Asked Questions   Updated: 3/13/20
Keep Americans Connected Federal Communications Commission  
COVID-19 Flexibility for Teacher Preparation Practica Crowdsourced Continuously Updated

General Resources

Title with Hyperlink Author Date Published
***Coronavirus Web Center (Financial Aid focused) National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators Continuously updated
Minding FERPA during COVID-19 Thompson Coburn 5/11/20
ED Requires Public Disclosures of CARES Student Grant Use, Inviting Scrutiny for Schools CooleyED 5/7/20
ED Releases Institutional Funding from CARES Act and Clarifies Student Grant Requirements CooleyED 4/22/20
COVID-19 Class Actions Against Universities Hogan Lovells 4/21/20
The CARES Act for Higher Education: Strategy and Implementation Thompson Coburn 4/20/20
ED Releases Governor's Emergency Education Relief Grant Funding CooleyED 4/16/20
Student and Borrower Relief Under the CARES Act CooleyED 4/13/20
ED Releases CARES Act Stimulus Funding for Emergency Student Grants, Subject to Institutional Certification CooleyED 4/10/20
US Department of Education Releases First Set of Materials Related to the CARES Act's Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Hogan Lovells 4/10/20
Managing COVID-19 Disruption: ED Updates and Consolidates Guidance CooleyED 4/9/20
Contingency Planning for Distressed Institutions of Higher Education Thompson Coburn 4/8/20
Managing COVID-19 Updates: Accrediting Agencies Adopt Temporary Measures to Address Challenges CooleyED 4/6/20
COVID-19: Is There a Silver Lining for Higher Education? Thompson Coburn 3/26/20
Managing COVID-19 Update: Legislative Fix Protects GI Bill Benefits Matt Johnson, Shannon Noonan, and Caitlyn Shelby, CooleyED 3/25/20
Managing COVID-19 Disruption: ED Updates Guidance for Changes and Interruptions of Study Nancy Anderson and Rebecca Flake, CooleyED 3/24/20
Managing COVID-19 Disruption: Key Student Privacy Requirements Remain Unchanged Matt Johnson, CooleyED 3/23/20
Managing COVID-19 Disruption: Online Accessibility and Anti-Discrimination in Schools Nancy Anderson and Paul Thompson, CooleyED 3/18/20
Managing COVID-19 Disruption: FERPA Matt Johnson, CooleyED 3/13/20
Managing COVID-19 Disruption: Title IV Processing CooleyED 3/12/20
US Department of Education Provides COVID-19 Guidance for Colleges and Universities Hogan Lovells 3/9/20