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.
ED Updates HEERF Tracking Portal
The Department of Education has updated its tracking portal containing spending data for federal COVID-19 relief funds. The portal, which tracks funds spent for elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education, breaks out spending data by state and institutional or agency recipient.
ED Shares New Cybersecurity Resources
The Department of Education, in conjunction with the rest of the federal government, has unveiled a new one-stop website with ransomware alerts, reports, and cybersecurity best practices to help public and private institutions defend against the rise in ransomware cases. ED’s Federal Student Aid division has urged colleges and universities to utilize the resources to “understand the threat of ransomware, mitigate risk, and know what steps to take in the event of an attack.”
NCAA Enacts New Constitution
Following a vote at the 2022 NCAA Convention, the association now has a new constitution in place, enacting numerous changes for both institutions and student-athletes. The new governing document reduces the size of the NCAA Board of Governors and offers each of the three athletics divisions much greater autonomy to develop their own governing policies. It also emphasizes the physical and mental well-being of student-athletes; further protects their rights to benefit from use of their name, image, and likeness; and brings policies for transgender student-athletes into line with those by the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee and International Olympic Committee.
ACHA Offers Updated COVID Best Practices
The American College Health Association (ACHA) has updated its COVID-19 Campus Management best practices for colleges and universities amidst the growing rise in cases and virus variants. The guidance continues to recommend mask wearing on campuses, suggests that campuses amend their definitions of “up-to-date” vaccination status to include booster doses, and recommends that students who test positive for the virus isolate until they receive a negative rapid antigen test result.
NACUBO On Your Side: December 14, 2021–January 10, 2022