WICHE is closely monitoring the outbreak of “SARS-CoV-2,” and the disease it causes, which has been named “Coronavirus Disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). To inform and facilitate your response to a rapidly changing situation, WICHE has compiled the following set of resources, which will be updated as new information becomes available.
With spring semesters wrapped, and summer semesters largely being held in remote environments, institutions across the nation are planning for what comes next.
With the swift conversion of face to face courses to online and remote format to complete the Spring 2020 terms, some support services to students were missed or incomplete to deliver course content. As institutions prepare alternatives for Fall term, the bar will be raised to deliver accessible courses. The Department of Education provided guidance that the expectation is that the institution will meet legal requirements to ensure that there is no discrimination against those with disabilities.
With COVID-19 disrupting many postsecondary operations, many institutions are rapidly deciding if a virtual commencement ceremony is right for their students, and if so, how best to execute one. WICHE, along with content experts from Western Governors University and University of Hawaii at Manoa, shared tips and tricks, offered advice, and outlined challenges to be expected when organizing and conducting virtual commencement ceremonies.
Dennis Mohatt, vice president, Behavioral Health Program, and Patrick Lane, vice president, Policy Analysis and Research, were joined by Alison Malmon, founder and executive director of Active Minds, in this conversation. For an audio recording of this webinar, please contact Genevieve Berry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC), a partnership between WICHE and the University of North Dakota aimed at disseminating and implementing evidence-based practices for mental disorders into the field, hosted a free webinar about the psychosocial impacts of disaster. Dr. Andrew J. McLean spoke to the best practices for responding to the psychosocial impacts of disasters. See a summary and slides from the webinar.
Telehealth Learning and Consultation (TLC) Tuesdays was a weekly online series for providers who are unfamiliar with telehealth. Our Technology Transfer Center (TTC) Network specialists devoted the first segment of each hour-long session to a specific topic, then addressed questions submitted by TTC Tuesday registrants. See recordings of the presentations, download the slides, and access more resources.
During the webinar, “COVID-19 and Federal Student Aid: What We Know Follow-Up” NASFAA President Justin Draeger and staff from the AskRegs and Policy teams reviewed recently passed COVID-19 legislation and guidance from the U.S. Department of Education. They also answered questions related to Title IV and COVID-19. Learn more here. If you missed NASFAA’s first webinar, “COVID-19 and Federal Student Aid: What We Know,” which took place on March 17, you can access the on-demand recording here. A transcript of the Q&A portion of the March 17 webinar is available here.