Responding to COVID-19

​​​Given the rapidly changing situation, the American Council on Education (ACE) is taking proactive steps to address the concerns and needs of our members and the higher education community. For the latest medical information and guidance, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website.

Federal Advocacy

ACE Simulation Estimates What Individual Institutions Will Receive

ACE has prepared a preliminary analysis​ of what individual institutio​ns may receive​ to support costs such as shifting classes online and for grants to students for food, housing, technology, and other purposes.

ACE, Other Associations Ask for Swift Distribution of Higher Education Stimulus Funds

ACE and 40 other associations urge the Department of Education (PDF) to move quickly to distribute the money to higher education institutions and students contained in the $2 trillion federal stimulus legislation.

ACE, Other Organizations Urge Governors to Cooperate on Health Care Licensing Reciprocity During COVID-19 Pandemic

ACE and more than 60 other organizations are asking governors to take immediate action​ to ensure their states provide reciprocity in licensing of health care and mental health care professionals. This step is crucial to enable these medical professionals to practice across state lines remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Allocates $14 Billion to Higher Education; ACE and Other Higher Ed Groups Say More Is Needed

ACE President Ted Mitchell called the higher education provisions in the plan, which total approximately $14 billion, “woefully inadequate” while noting that some aspects—such as the regulatory flexibility given to colleges and universities—will help institutions better serve their students in the coming months.

ACE and Other Associations Request Assistance from Congress

ACE and other higher education associations asked the House (PDF) and Senate (PDF) for: 1) More than $50 billion in emergency relief for students and institutions; 2) Access to zero or very low interest loans; 3) $7.8 billion for a technology implementation fund; and 4) Temporary statutory and regulatory flexibility to help institutions meet reporting deadlines and get aid to students rapidly.

ACE Supports Charitable Giving Deduction Amendment

ACE and other higher education associations sent a letter to Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) (PDF) supporting his amendment to the stimulus measure creating an above-the-line deduction for charitable giving for taxpayers not itemizing their deductions.

Read more about ACE's COVID-19 federal advocacy work on the COVID-19 Policy Developments page.

Rapid-Response Webinars

ACE webinars and recordings for campus leaders responding to COVID-19.

Related Resources

Up-to-the-minute COVID-19 resources for the higher education community, also found on ACE Engage® and in the ACE news room. Access to ACE Engage is currently free of charge.

Events, Travel, and Learning Evaluation

​Due to a commitment to employee safety and the safety of our community, ACE has suspended all nonessential employee business travel until further notice. ACE will continue to monitor the situation and assess whether to continue this policy beyond April 24. All in-person ACE events have also been postponed indefinitely.

ACE Learning Evaluation is conducting all eligibility visits and reviews/re-reviews remotely. Electronic transcripts and Resource Center services are still available. Please reach out to Chris Fitch at​ with questions or concerns about reviews, or visit the Resource Center page for support.

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