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Congress, COVID-19, and the Colleges

Published July 22, 2020
Presented by Terry Hartle, Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Public Affairs, American Council on Education (ACE)

As the start of the 2020–21 academic year approaches, America faces a series of unprecedented challenges: the worst public health crisis since 1919, the worst economic environment since 1933, and the worst civil unrest since 1968. Public policy-makers have so far struggled to respond to this rapidly changing environment. How will the federal government's actions affect colleges and universities? What other governmental policies might ameliorate these challenges on campuses? This session will explore the policy and political climate in Washington DC, discuss current and potential policy changes, and encourage you to consider how these will impact your institution.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Explain the relationship between the federal government and higher education as it existed at the beginning of 2020.
  2. Describe the public policy changes affecting higher education institutions that have already been made or are under consideration.
  3. Make an assessment of what these changes might mean for the future of federal support for higher education, regardless of who wins the election in November 2020.
  4. Speculate about the possible impact of these changes on individual colleges and universities.

Presented 7/22/2020.

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