"Colleges looking for expert advice on how to prepare for possible coronavirus cases have a whole new suite of resources to turn to," Inside Higher Ed reports.
"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College Health Association both released guidance this week on how to prepare for emergence of the new coronavirus, which causes the respiratory illness COVID-19, on college campuses. The Department of Education also issued guidance Thursday about compliance with federal financial aid requirements in the event of related disruptions and campus closures.
Jill Desjean, a policy analyst with the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, which published an analysis of the Education Department guidance, praised the department's flexibility. She noted that while there are certain things the department can't do under the law, it has tried to accommodate the varied needs of higher ed institutions.
'The big concern we had were students who had gone abroad to start study abroad programs and had been pulled back,' she said. 'I think the department did a good job of addressing that by mentioning all the relief schools could get by offering distance ed ad hoc without having to go through department approval or accreditor approval.'
Desjean said the departmental guidance is also helpful for colleges as they consider what would happen if they need to temporarily close. 'The distance ed option on the table is a good one to allow schools to start making a plan,' she said."
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Publication Date: 3/6/2020