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.
Distance Ed and Innovation Webinars Available
The Department of Education has shared recordings and slides from a series of webinars to assist institutions with the implementation of the Distance Education and Innovation regulations. The rules, which were created through a negotiated rulemaking process in 2018-19, will become effective July 1. The webinars cover topics including Satisfactory Academic Progress and Return of Title IV funds, distance education and institutional eligibility, and subscription-based programs.
ED Provides Online Federal Student Aid Training
On June 4, the Department of Education announced the release of the FSA Basic Training for New Staff course. The asynchronous, online program is designed for newly hired, entry level staff and includes modules such as Aid Application Process, Cash Management, Student Departures, and more.
NCAA Shares Summer COVID-19 Guidance
Last week, the NCAA shared new guidance to “serve as general guidance to member schools as they prepare to engage in summer activities with student athletes.” The guidance addresses ways that institutions can mitigate the risk of COVID-19 spreading among student-athletes and offers direction on a variety of questions related to athletics and the virus.
Appropriations Requests Include Double Pell and Broad Support for Higher Education
In a letter to congressional appropriators, the higher education community made FY22 funding requests for a range of federal programs to help higher education institutions and students continue to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the funding requests are in line with the Biden administration’s FY22 budget request, while some seek additional funding. Notably, the letter repeats the community’s request that the maximum Pell Grant be doubled. You can tell Congress to #DoublePell by texting “College Pell” to 52886 or by clicking here.
NACUBO, Associations Submit Statement for Title IX Public Hearings
NACUBO joined a coalition of associations and organizations in articulating the higher education community’s concerns related to regulations that address the responsibility that colleges and universities bear to promptly and effectively respond to allegations of sexual harassment, including sexual assault. The statement was submitted for the record of public hearings held by ED the week of June 7.
Community Seeks Briefing on Ban of Chinese Students and Researchers
In a letter to the Department of State, NACUBO and over 40 other associations and organizations asked for a briefing on Presidential Proclamation 10043, “Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Students and Researchers from the People’s Republic of China,” which was issued in June 2020. The letter cites “troubling reports” of the proclamation’s broad application and expresses concerns that the proclamation is causing academic and research delays.
NACUBO On Your Side: June 2-7, 2021