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COE: (March 13, 2020)_COVID-19 and Interruptions to Institutional Operations

News Mar 19
[Note: This email was originally sent to all COE member institutions on March 13, 2020.] 

This notice is intended to provide you with information related to accreditation activities during interruptions of institutional operations resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak.

FSA Notice – March 5, 2020
The Council has placed a link on its website under ‘News and Events’ to a notice that was published on March 5, 2020 from the U.S. Department of Education Financial Student Aid office (FSA). The FSA notice provides guidance for institutions dealing with interruptions of instruction due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The notice also grants accreditors additional flexibility with respect to approvals for distance education instruction when school campuses are closed.

Notification of Changes in Operation
Institutions that cease campus-based operations due to the COVID-19 outbreak should provide the Council with an email that summarizes operational changes resulting from campus closures.

Council approval IS NOT required for these changes.

Email a notice regarding changes in operations as soon as the changes are confirmed.

Email notification updates if additional changes are made.

Be sure to place your institution’s full name and COE ID number in the subject line of the email.

Email your notification to [email protected].

Distance Education Approvals
The Council may provide institutions with temporary approval of distance education instruction upon submission of a brief application (read the FSA notice previously mentioned in this email).

IMPORTANT: It is critical that you confirm with all applicable state authorizing agencies if distance education instruction is allowable under their regulations.

Upon request, Dr. Alex Wittig ([email protected]) will email guidance on applying for this approval and the application required.

Marcia Cox will process requests for temporary distance education approval.  To apply for temporary distance education approval, email [email protected].

COE 2020 Summer Conference

Please be advised that the Council’s Summer Conference scheduled for July 16-17 in Wichita, Kansas has NOT been postponed or cancelled.

Should any changes occur to Council conferences, institutions will be notified of these changes .

Gary Puckett
Executive Director
Commission of the Council on Occupational Education
770-396-3898 or 800-917-2081
FAX 770-396-3790
[email protected]