June 12, 2020

As information and events continue to rapidly unfold related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we at DEAC trust that you and yours are keeping safe and well. The spread of the coronavirus will continue to cause major disruptions. We are thinking about you and how to more flexibly support DEAC institutions and programs. Please know that DEAC is fully operational while staff telework from home. You may contact us any time via email or reach us or at the DEAC main phone line at (202) 234-5100.

2020 On-site evaluation schedule

DEAC's Director of Accreditation, Nan Ridgeway, is contacting institutions that are anticipating visits for Spring and Fall 2020 to review options for the on-site evaluation schedule. DEAC understands institutions are making adjustments to ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of students, faculty and staff. We appreciate hearing from institutions about any changes that need coordination with DEAC in view of the standards of accreditation. The USDE Office of Postsecondary Education offered guidance to accreditors regarding on-site evaluations that DEAC is reviewing carefully. We will keep all institutions informed of any changes to DEAC procedures that may result from these guidelines.

Guidance and resources

DEAC institutions, especially those that participate in Federal Student Financial Aid programs, should review the following resources for important guidance and information.

UPDATED June 22, 2020: COVID-19 Guidance for Postsecondary Institutions
Provided by Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC

COVID-19 Planning Guide and Self-Assessment for Higher Education
Provided by CHEA, Johns Hopkins University and Tuscany Strategy, this website provides resources to support safer higher education operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CARE Act Stimulus Program for Higher Education

UPDATED May 15, 2020: Guidance for Interruptions of Study Related to COVID-19

COVID-19 Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel

COVID-19 and Forbearance Information for Borrowers

Summary of the Higher Education-related Provisions of the Cares Act

UPDATED May 22, 2020: COVID-19 Guidance for Postsecondary Institutions Summarized by PPS&V

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Potential Procedural Adaptations for F and M Nonimmigrant Students

U.S. Department of Education Requires Public Disclosure of CARES Student Grant Use, Inviting Scrutiny for Schools

U.S. Department of Education Guidance on Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEER) Fund Reporting- Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

FAQs: HEER Fund and Emergency Financial Aid Grants under the CARES Act


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