As things move quickly in Washington, DC, NACUBO is your constant advocate in action. NACUBO On Your Side covers important legislative and agency activity NACUBO staff are tracking, what we’re currently advocating for, and how you can take action with us.
Here are the issues we are tracking and advocating for this week.
On the Hill
Biden Appointments Move Forward in Confirmation
Janet Yellen is expected to be confirmed today by the Senate to serve as secretary of the Treasury. Yellen touched on many issues of importance to nonprofit institutions during her confirmation hearing, including expressing support for further federal pandemic relief dollars for state and local governments, an interest in examining the potential for a permanent non-itemizer charitable deduction, the potential for federal government action to alleviate student loan burdens, and a reiteration of her support for Harvard University in recent legal challenges to its admissions policy. Already confirmed are Avril Haines as director of national intelligence and Gen. Lloyd Austin as secretary of defense. The Senate is also anticipated to confirm Pete Buttigieg as transportation secretary and Antony Blinken as secretary of state in the coming weeks.
ED Shares Post-COVID Distance Education Guidance
In a January 19 IFAP notice, the Department of Education shared guidance about new requirements for institutional eligibility for distance education. While the previous guidance, which was rescinded in August, allowed institutions to provide distance education up to a threshold without requiring that their accrediting agency have distance education in its scope of recognition, the new guidance says that institutions seeking to offer any distance education programs should be evaluated and accredited by an institutional accrediting agency that has distance education within its scope of recognition. This guidance does not affect the temporary waiver on distance education requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Institutions are invited to send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay Informed with NACUBO’s Coronavirus Resources
NACUBO’s COVID-19 resource page is filled with information and tools to help navigate the coronavirus crisis. The page is frequently updated and features news, analysis, federal guidance summaries, and more.
NACUBO On Your Side: January 12-19, 2021