January 2022
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Courts to Hear Higher ED Related Cases


The courts have already ruled on two of the three federal vaccine mandate cases with the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) finding that requiring employers to ensure their employees undergo vaccination or weekly testing was beyond the statutory authority of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration but allowing a similar mandate covering facilities that participate in Medicare or Medicaid to stand. The mandate covering federal contractors is being challenged in several jurisdictions. It will not be enforced while the cases are waiting to be heard, which is unlikely to happen before spring.


Former students have filed a class action lawsuit alleging the Consensus Methodology is a violation of anti-trust law. The plaintiffs seek an injunction and damages from sixteen private institutions. According to the complaint, the colleges and universities were part of a group, some of whose members used the Consensus Methodology to inflate prices and reduce financial-aid. An anti-trust exemption for institutions of higher education permits anti-competitive cooperation but requires participants to adopt need-blind admissions. The plaintiffs allege the methodology violates that requirement. 


Students in Alaska are suing the state and the governor to keep the Alaska Higher Education Investment Fund from being absorbed into the state's budget reserve, a move that has already stripped the fund bare.


SCOTUS may decide several cases directly tied to higher education. In the Board of Trustees of the Houston Community College System against trustee David Buren Wilson, the justices will consider if an elected body can issue a censure resolution in response to a member's speech. The censure includes barring the trustee from running for office and monetary damages.  In Gordon College v. DeWeese-Boyd, the court is considering ministerial exceptions. DeWeese-Boyd contends a promotion she sought was denied based on her opposition to school LGBT policies. She further alleges the institution treated her more harshly than male professors who had similar opinions. Gordon College contends that the lawsuit is invalid because faculty are not covered by anti-discrimination protections due to the federal ministerial exception. SCOTUS also has relisted and may thus decide two cases brought by the Students for Fair Admissions. Those cases challenge the use of race as a factor in admissions.

In Other News


 Applications for Additional Relief Funding 
The Department of Education announced it will accept applications for Supplemental Support grants under the American Rescue Plan (SSARP). The program will focus on providing for institutions that serve low-income students, are battling enrollment declines, or face other challenges associated with the pandemic. The Department is particularly interested in supporting community colleges and rural institutions through this initiative.


Using HEERF to Alleviate Student Needs  
The Department of Education published a FAQ for institutions developing strategies to help students address basic needs, such as childcare, food, housing, transportation, and mental health support using the institutional portion of HEERF.


Executive Leadership Institute Selects 2022 Cohort 
Clark Atlanta University's Executive Leadership Institute announced it has selected 22 individuals to participate in its leadership development program. The program aids aspiring leaders in developing the skills required to serve as effective presidents and administrators. Orientation for the virtual sessions and webinars began on January 22, 2022.


International Education Day 
The Secretaries of the Department of Education and Homeland Security met with HBCU presidents to share information on the opportunities, training, and funding available to strengthen campus safety and security.


Outbreaks Impact Spring Plans
The Omicron variant threw a monkey wrench into higher ed plans for a normal spring semester. Responses included rolling back the start date, starting online and then switching to face-to-face instruction, adjusting vaccine requirements to include booster shots, upgrading mask requirements to medical grade, and enforcement of assembly, curfew and/or visitation restrictions. While most HBCUs appear to be sticking to previously announced plans, several have adjusted their schedules.


Sector Battles Rising Costs
Although the outlook for the higher education ranged from neutral to stable, the sector faces several challenges for 2022, including labor shortages, decreased enrollment, reductions in anticipated federal support, and inflation— which has already contributed to driving business costs up by 2.7%. Institutions are finding creative ways to address these challenges, including distributing bonuses rather than giving raises.


Settlement in Navient Case
Former student loan behemoth, Navient has agreed to cancel $1,700,000,000 in delinquent private student loans and pay $95,000,000 in restitution to settle predatory loan claims brought by the attorneys general of 39 states. Despite the optics, according to the New York Times, Navient knew that most of those loans would default. It, in fact, valued those loans at $50,000,000. The loans were made, despite this anticipated loss, in order to gain access to lucrative federally guaranteed loans without breaching the Department of Education's 90/10 rule. In addition to the canceled loans, thousands of borrowers placed into certain forbearance programs (rather than income-based repayment plans) will receive $260 each. The agreement does not extend to borrowers in states that did not take part in the lawsuits. It also does not cover borrowers whose loans are not in default. However it includes a provision that requires Navient to notify borrowers about updates made to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. The agreement must be approved by the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Navient still faces a lawsuit regarding similar issues filed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  


Department Rulemaking 
The Department of Education held the first meeting of the negotiated rulemaking committee. Topics under consideration include the 90/10 rule, Title IV program participation (heightened cash monitoring), changes in ownership and/or control (including conversions from proprietary to nonprofit status), adoption of measures to identify institutions that are not financially viable, and additions to existing administrative capability standards. The committee will hold two more sessions (February 14-18, and March 14-18, 2022). Information on the negotiated rulemaking process and the sessions is available on the Department of Education website.


Negative Impact of Decline in Enrollment  
An anticipated decline in enrollment accelerated during the pandemic and may not rebound after the emergency passes. Experts warn that this could exacerbate class and racial inequalities and trigger a general societal decline.


NCAA Adopts New Constitution 
The NCAA adopted a new constitution during its annual convention last month. The rules give student-athletes voting representation within each division, give each division oversight over its own finances, and bring the organization into compliance with recent court rulings regarding the permissibility of student-athletes to benefit from their own name, image, and likeness.


Standard Test to be Digital 
The College Board announced that its SAT will be offered in digital format. The test will be shorter and students will be permitted to use their own devices. The transition is scheduled to be completed by 2024. The decision is viewed as a response to the trend toward test-optional admissions.


Bomb Threats 
Several HBCUs evacuated their campuses in response to bomb threats. No actual devices were found. An investigation into the matter remains open.



Join us for the Virtual WPI 2022 HBCU Forum!


This year's event will bring together HBCU leaders, staff, partners and friends to focus on


Post-Pandemic Viability:

Fiscal Strength, Academic Excellence and Social Impact. 


Stay tuned for registration details.




Alabama A&M University announced Dr. Lena Walton will serve as interim provost and vice president of academic affairs. Dr. Walton has been dean of the College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences since 2017.


The Propel Center has named Mr. Gene Wade as its chief executive officer. Mr. Wade is the founder and former chief executive officer of Honors Pathway, an organization that helped low-income students start their academic careers by providing coaching, mentoring, and funding. The Propel Center, a learning and innovation hub for HBCUs, is supported by grants from Apple and Southern Company.


Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette announced she will retire at the end of the spring semester. Dr. Burnette has served as president of Huston-Tillotson University since 2015. She is credited with increasing the university's endowment and launching several new programs and innovations.


Tuskegee University has named Coach Reginald Ruffin athletic director and head football coach. From 2006-2010, Coach Ruffin was a linebacker coach and defensive coordinator for Tuskegee. He most recently served as the director of athletics and head football coach for Miles College. During his service at Miles he was named Coach of the Year three times by the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.


Texas Southern University named Dr. DeNeia Thomas vice president for enrollment and student success. Dr. Thomas has served at West Virginia State University and with the Kentucky Department of education. She is an active researcher whose scholarship focuses on strategies that promote academic success.


Prairie View A&M University named Leonard “Bubba” McDowell head football coach. Coach McDowell was assistant head coach under Eric Dooley and briefly served as interim head coach after Dooley's departure. His career in the National Football League (NFL) include stints with the Houston Oilers and the Carolina Panthers. He also completed the NFL minority coaching program.






Edward Waters University will offer a bachelor of science degree in Forensic Science beginning in fall 2022. The program has been approved by its accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Developed in response to sustained interest in its existing criminal justice degree program, the university hopes the new program will increase both student demand and enrollment.


North Carolina Central University and Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) announced a dual admissions partnership. NCCU Chancellor Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye signed a memorandum of understanding with CFCC President Jim Morton that creates a pathway for qualified CFCC students to earn their bachelor's degrees at NCCU. Under the agreement the total cost of a four-year degree is reduced.


Voorhees College announced its accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has approved its master of education in teaching and learning degree program. Classes will begin in March 2022. The program will offer a concentration in education systems improvement and a concentration in PK-12 education.


Jarvis Christian College signed a memorandum of understanding with Danubius University, located in Galati, Romania. Cultural and education exchanges will include seminars, conferences, workshops, student exchange programs, and joint research and publications. A gift from an anonymous donor will fund the first group of Jarvis students to participate in the program. Danubius recently forged a similar agreement with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Danubius Rector Dr. William Harvey is the first African-American to lead a European university. 


Tuskegee University announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM). The agreement guarantees qualified students will be admitted into the VCOM medical school and the Rocovich Scholars Admission Program. VCOM will admit up to five candidates who meet the criteria. Those  who have a GPA of 3.7 or better will not be required to take the MCAT, the cost of which can be prohibitive. The institutions hope to boost the number of primary care physicians in rural and medically underserved regions in Alabama.



Grants, Awards, Gifts


Spelman College announced receipt of a $12,000,000 gift from the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation to support the college's Center for Innovation & the Arts. The college has raised $81,500,000 for the center, which will house an Innovation Lab, an art gallery, a dance performance studio, a high-tech digital black box theatre, retail space, multi-disciplinary spaces, and a new Center for Black Entrepreneurship.


Alabama State University received a pledge of $10,000 to endow a scholarship in the Alabama State University Trust for Educational Excellence. Qualified seniors from Opelika High School enrolled full-time at Alabama State University who demonstrate financial need will be eligible for The Honorable Patricia A. “Patsy” Jones Scholarship. Ms. Jones, an alumna of Alabama State University, served six consecutive terms on the Opelika City Council and upon retirement was awarded the title Emeritus Certified Municipal Official with the Alabama League of Municipalities.


Fort Valley State University announced it has received a $2,500,000 gift from an anonymous donor. The funds will be used to support the Finish Line, a scholarship program that helps remove financial barriers that would otherwise prevent students from completing their degrees. The gift will provide scholarships to juniors and seniors in select programs who have educational expenses not covered by financial aid. President Paul Jones called the donation a transformative gift.


Prairie View A&M University announced it has formed a five-year $6,000,000 research partnership with Shell Global Solutions. The partnership will involve research in effective carbon dioxide utilization, carbon capture, innovative renewable energy, and environmental sustainability. Under the agreement, Shell will house their company's Projects & Technology organization in Prairie View's College of Agriculture and Human Sciences. The majority of the funds will be used for the research projects with the balance reserved for infrastructure improvements and work opportunities for students, and other retention initiatives.


Morehouse College is using a four-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create the Black Men's Research Institute (BMRI) where research and studies will center on issues affecting black men. The institute will host an annual symposium and will partner with the Africana studies and history department to offer an online certificate program.


The National Endowment for the Humanities announced several of the grants and offers made in January 2022, were directed at HBCUs including: Oakwood University, Delaware State University, Howard University, Morehouse College, Morgan State University, North Carolina Central University, Elizabeth City State University, and Prairie View A&M University.


Alcorn State University announced alumnus Marc McCann has established the Marc McCann and Family Agricultural Endowed Scholarship Fund. The scholarships will be awarded to eligible students majoring in agriculture.


Tougaloo College received $2,750,000 to bolster its Finish Line Initiative, which provides financial assistance to academically successful students who are within two academic years of graduation and need financial help to complete their degrees. The gift was from an anonymous donor.


The Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation has committed $2,000,000 to support scholarships at a dozen HBCUs through a collaboration with the UNCF.


Huntsman Savile Row contributed $100,000 to establish The Huntsman Savile Row Scholarship. The award will provide scholarships, access to mentors, coaches, and a custom-made Huntsman suit to selected scholars.


Philander Smith College received $2,500,000 to support low-income students. The donation is the single largest gift in the college's history. The same anonymous benefactor recently contributed generously to the institution's Endeavor Scholarship program.


Tuskegee University received a $50,000 donation to provide instruments for the Tuskegee University Marching Crimson Pipers Band. The donation was made by Alabama Power in support of the band's fundraising initiative.


Alcorn State University announced fall commencement speaker, Dr. Dennis Thomas has donated $350,000 to the university. An Alcorn alumnus, Dr. Thomas has won awards both as a football player and as a coach. A recipient of the 2021 Southwestern Athletic Conference Lifetime Achievement Award, he recently retired from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, where he served as commissioner for 19 years. 


The Propel Center published the list of institutions selected to receive the first round of funding in the Agri-tech and Arts & Entertainment categories. The second round of grants will focus on health, social justice, and entrepreneurship. The Propel Center, an innovation and learning hub for HBCUs, is funded by Apple and Southern Company.


University of the District of Columbia announced it has received $2,300,000 from the same anonymous donor who recently gave the institution $300,000. The gifts will be used to establish two scholarship programs through the university's Developing America's Workforce Nucleus (DAWN) initiative.


Delaware State University has been awarded a two-year $230,000 grant to create black history curriculum for 8th and 11th grade students. Dr. Donna A. Patterson will be the lead investigator. Her team will include experts from Delaware State University, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, K-12 teachers, and online tech professionals. The state recently enacted legislation that requires school districts and charter schools to include black history in their curriculum.


Fisk University Board of Trustees donated $150,000 to send students to Ghana in May 2022. The students will embark on a study tour that traces Dr. W. E. B. Du Bois's journey from Fisk University to Ghana. The university plans to observe Dr. W. E. B. Du Bois Day annually on February 23, beginning this year.


Jackson State University and Mississippi College will use a three-year $5,000,000 grant from the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund to create a comprehensive public health program. It will include bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees and various professional certifications. The institutions will share faculty, class spaces, mobile health labs, research, and other resources. The funds are part of the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations.






Prairie View A&M University is collaborating with Swipe Out Hunger to launch the Panther Meal Share Program to help students who need immediate assistance. The program works with the existing Hilltop Reserve Emergency Resource Center and is available to all students. Residency and subscription to a meal plan are not required.


Morgan State University professor of professional practice at the School of Global Journalism & Communication, Wayne Dawkins, is the recipient of the 2021 Barry Bingham Sr. Fellowship. The award is given by the News Leaders Association in recognition of  diligence and excellence in teaching students of color in the field of journalism.


Alabama State University's Small Business Development Center has been awarded full national accreditation through 2026. The center provides executive and marketing advising, professional services, networking opportunities, and other business resources to six counties in Central Alabama. The vigorous accreditation process includes a week-long review.


Tuskegee University announced Dr. Deidre Quinn-Gorham has patented a multi blade handle system for performing surgery. She was inspired to develop the device when midway through a surgery, time had to be taken to change to a different sized scalpel and handle. The invention has commercial appeal and can be manufactured in different models and using different materials.


Wiley College announced Dr. Gregory McPherson produced a holiday song with Dan Cathy, chief executive officer of Chick-fil-A. Proceeds from the song will be donated to the National Center for Children and Families. Dr. McPherson is an award-winning composer, arranger, conductor, and instrumentalist. He is currently serving as director of choral music at Wiley College.


The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents named Dr. Alfred L. Parks a recipient of the Regents Professor Award. Dr. Parks is a professor at Prairie View A&M University, where he also serves as interim executive associate director of the Cooperative Agricultural Research Center. The award is bestowed in recognition of faculty contributions to their universities and communities.


AFRO News named Dr. David K. Wilson AFRO Person of the Year. Dr. Wilson has served as president of Morgan State University since 2010. In bestowing the award AFRO cited the founding of the School of Global Journalism and Communication, the university's graduation rates, and its freshmen retention rates.


Morris Brown College President Dr. Kevin James made a guest appearance on a  Diverse Issues in Higher Education Podcast, Dr. James discussed his Hard Reset Plan (#hardreset), the impact of alumni, and the future of Morris Brown College.


Diverse Issues in Higher Education named Dr. De'Etra Jenra Young 2022 Emerging Scholar. Dr. Young is currently serving at Tennessee State University as associate dean for academics and Land-Grant Programs and associate professor in the College of Agriculture. She is a researcher and has also collaborated with Vanderbilt University to develop the Earth Horizons program, which provides research and classroom experiences for students at both institutions.


The Undefeated featured an article on Sonja Stills, who is the first female commissioner in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Prior to this appointment she had served as the conference's chief of staff and chief operating officer. She takes the reins from Dr. Dennis Thomas, who has retired.


☑️ Deadlines
Deadlines and Information



Cohort Default Rate Calculations
Federal Student Aid published the schedule for 2019 Cohort Default Rate Calculations. If you have any changes that may impact your institution's 2019 fiscal year rate, provide them to the National Student Loan Data System prior to the calculation dates listed on the schedule.


Temporary Relaxation of Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Rules
For a limited time, borrowers may receive credit for past periods of repayment that ordinarily would not count. Loans may have to be consolidated in order to qualify for PSLF and take advantage of the waiver. Parent PLUS loans are not eligible for this waiver and the employer qualification remains unchanged.


E911 Compliance
As of January 6, 2022, compliance is required for E911 legislation (see Kari’s Law and RAY BAUM’S Act). Multi-line phone systems must be able to dial 911 without delay and without requiring a prefix. They are also required to provide dispatchable location information.


Waiver of the Cumulative Limit on Forbearances
Secretary Cardona has waived the three-year cumulative limit requirement on forbearances for Federal Perkins Loan borrowers due to the pandemic.


Financial Responsibility Supplemental Schedule Audit Requirement
Current regulations require institutions' audited financial statements to include a Supplemental Schedule that contains all of the financial elements required for the Department to calculate a composite score. Each item in the Supplemental Schedule must have a reference to the Balance Sheet, Statement of (Loss) Income, Notes to the Financial Statements, Statement of Financial Position, Statement of Activities, or Notes to the Financial Statements. The Department considers the Supplemental Schedules and any related Notes as material information for its evaluation of an institution's financial responsibility and its eligibility to participate in the Student Financial Aid programs. At minimum the auditor must follow and meet the requirements of AU-C Section 725 Supplementary Information in Relation to the Financial Statements as a Whole to evaluate and report on the Supplemental Schedule. Going forward, financial statement audits that do not include the Supplemental Schedule and an auditor's in-relation-to opinion will be rejected as incomplete. See the Dear Colleague Letter here.


Unemployment Benefits
Untaxed unemployment benefits should be removed from the applicant's or the parents' or spouse's adjusted gross income (AGI). The requirement to report those untaxed unemployment benefits as untaxed income has been waived.


Title IX Notice
The Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights has confirmed the Department anticipates issuing the Title IX notice of proposed rulemaking by April 2022, a month earlier than previously stated.


Treatment of Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) Compensation in Awarding Title IV, HEA Assistance
Federal Student Aid published guidance to financial aid administrators on making awards to student-athletes who have received compensation under NIL contracts.


Automatic Total and Permanent Disability
The Department of Education will automatically discharge Title IV loans and TEACH grants for recipients who are identified as eligible for Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) without requiring them to submit an application or other documentation. The post TPD discharge monitoring period has been suspended for the duration of the pandemic. Federal tax consequences have been eliminated.


E-Filing Rule
The Department will require administrative litigants to use the E-Filing system on the Office of Hearings and Appeals' website. The rule change goes into effect immediately. Those unable to file electronically can seek an accommodation.


Students can access the 2022-2023 FAFSA application from the student aid website or through the myStudentAid mobile app. Financial aid administrators should review the updates that were made to the form. The following FAFSA verification changes will be applicable through the remainder of the 2021-2022, FAFSA processing cycle.

  • In-person submission and notary requirements for verification of Identity/Statement of Educational Purpose is suspended. Institutions may accept electronic copies and signatures.
  • High school completion or equivalent requirement can be satisfied with documents already obtained for other purposes, such as those held by the admissions office.
  • Institutions are required to review all subsequent ISIR transactions for the processing year and resolve any discrepancies before disbursing Title IV funds.
  • Many 2021-2022, transactions will continue to be selected for verification by the Central Processing System (CPS). When this occurs, report a V for completed verifications or an S for students who are exempt. Do not use blank unless a student is no longer enrolled. Institutions are not required to verify students selected under Verification Tracking Flag V1.
  • You are encouraged to use language from these Federal Student Aid's FAFSA reminders: Email | SMS | Mobile App Users.


Accounting Standards Update
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) amended the standards on lease reporting to provide lessors, including private institutions, more flexibility in recording lease transactions. The updates have different effective dates for different types of entities. Early adoption is permitted.


Application and Institutional Student Information Record Test Files Available
Federal Student Aid has published the Application and Institutional Student Information Record test files and the comment code text for 2022-2023. Review the CPS Test System User Guide for information regarding testing using the mainframe portion of the system.


Title IV
Federal Student Aid issued an electronic announcement on Title IV disbursement reporting, excess cash, and reconciliation requirements for all Title IV programs. Because the requirements apply to disbursement and financial data, both the financial aid office and the business office should review the details. Federal Student Aid also updated the FAQ and provided access to a training video and the associated slides and transcript.


Application and Verification Guide
Federal Student Aid has published the Application and Verification Guide of the 2022-2023 Federal Student Aid Handbook.


Unclaimed Credit Balances
Institutions must have a process in place that ensures that unclaimed funds do not escheat to a state or revert to the school or any other third party in the event the institution is unable to deliver the proceeds of a credit balance to a student. If the institution is unable to deliver the funds to the student by the applicable deadlines, the funds must be returned to the Department. The assignment of the Coronavirus Indicator may prevent modification of the disbursement amount. In such cases a downward adjustment to the student's COD records is not required. The institution is required to return the funds using the G5 Miscellaneous Refund process. Follow the steps under Unclaimed Credit Balances Resulting from Disbursements with the Coronavirus Indicator in the Reporting Deadlines and Reminders electronic announcement.


Federal Student Aid Training Conference
Federal Student Aid held its annual training conference virtually November 30-December 3, 2021. You can view the sessions and download the slides on the host platform until March 2, 2022.




Award Year Deadlines
Federal Register published a chart of 2021-2022 award year deadlines.


Underuse Penalty Waiver
Federal Student Aid published a reminder that the deadline for 2022-2023 Underuse Penalty Waiver for Campus-Based Programs is February 7, 2022. Refer to your latest Fiscal Operations Report and Application to Participate (FISAP) or Campus-Based Tentative Funding Worksheet for 2022–23 to determine if this is applicable to your institution. Waiver requests and justifications must be submitted electronically. Paper requests will not be accepted.


Deadline for SAIG Software Upgrade
Federal Student Aid has announced the deadline for upgrading older versions of EDconnect and TDClient is February 20, 2022. The updates are available for download on the Software and Other Tools page in the Knowledge Center website.


Minimum Wage
In accordance with President Biden's executive order, the federal government is requiring an increase in the minimum wage paid to employees who work on new or updated federal contracts. The minimum wage is $15 per hour effective January 30, 2022. The rule does not supersede higher local or state minimum wages and cannot be used to lower an employee's pay. The minimum wage for tipped employees will be $10.50 an hour starting January 30, 2022. The Department of Labor has dedicated a page to the details.


Coronavirus Indicator
The deadline for institutions to add the Coronavirus Indicator for disbursements of Title IV funds for the 2020–21 award year is Sept. 30, 2022. Coronavirus Indicator will be accepted when the payment period start date is a date inclusive of or between Jan. 1, 2018 and July 1, 2022. Set the Coronavirus Indicator only after confirming that no further changes to a disbursement will be necessary. No changes may be made to a disbursement after the Coronavirus Indicator is selected.


Return of Title IV Reporting
The deadline for reporting funds not returned under R2T4 requirements due to CARES Act relief, for all award years is Sept. 30, 2022.


Perkins Loan Wind Down
All Perkins Loans that have been in default for more than two years must be purchased or assigned to the Department of Education by June 30, 2022, —unless there is documented evidence that the borrower is making payments. Any defaulted Perkins Loan that has been placed with a private collection agency, must be returned to the institution so that the institution can assign it to the Department, as is required. Institutions are advised to maintain records of their collection efforts.


Audit Deadline
The Office of Management and Budget has directed federal agencies to allow recipients and sub-recipients that have fiscal year-ends through June 30, 2021, and have not yet filed their single audits, to delay completion and submission up to six months beyond the normal due date. Although they do not have to seek approval for this extension, recipients and sub-recipients should document the reason for delayed filing. They could also still qualify as a low-risk auditee.


White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity through HBCUs 
The HBCU Scholar Recognition Program is accepting applications. The Submission deadline is March 22, 2022.


Event:African American Board Leadership Institute Board Talks
Date:On Demand


Event:Campus Technology Threat Landscape 2022
Date/Location:On Demand

Event:American Council on Education/Association of International Education Administrators Internationalization Collaborative 2022
Date:February 23, 2022

Event:The Higher Learning Commission 2022 Annual Conference
Date:April 1–5, 2022
Location:Chicago, Illinois 

Event:AGB 2022 National Conference on Trusteeship
Date:April 12–14, 2022




2021 in Memoriam


WPG joins the following institutions, families, and the HBCU community in wishing blessings upon and celebrating the lives of those we've lost in 2021. Please see the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education for obituaries and tributes.


  • Dr. Charles Johnson, Howard University alumnus
  • Dr. Shirley Ann Mathis McBay, Spelman College professor and Atlanta University alumna
  • Dr. Walter L. Smith, Florida A&M University president
  • Robert Lewis Albright, Johnson C. Smith University president
  • Dr. Wendell Carl Baker,Prairie View A&M University professor
  • Dr. Genevieve Madeline Knight, Hampton University and Coppin State University faculty member
  • Dr. Twitty Junius Styles, Virginia Union University alumnus
  • Ms. JoAnne Lofton, Tuskegee University alumna
  • Marie Alexandria Malveaux, Xavier University of Louisiana alumna
  • Dr. Robert Parris Moses, Algebra Project founder
  • Dr. Douthard Butler, Prairie View A&M University alumnus
  • Dr. Henry Givens, Jr., Harris-Stowe State University president
  • Mr. Frank M. Mundy, South Carolina State University faculty member
  • Dr. Frederick Stephen Humphries, Tennessee State University and Florida A&M University president
  • Dr. Esther Arvilla Harrison Hopkins, Howard University alumna and Virginia State University faculty member
  • Dr. John Benjamin Dubriel, Southern University at Baton Rouge alumnus and Fort Valley State University faculty member
  • Dr. Tobe Johnson, Morehouse College alumnus, faculty member, and administrator
  • Dr. Karl Von Binns, Sr., University of Maryland Eastern Shore faculty member
  • Mr. Nathaniel B. White, Jr., Morehouse College administrator
  • Robert Daniel Flanigan, Jr., Spelman College administrator
  • Dr. Barbara A. Newsome, Mississippi Valley State University administrator and faculty member
  • Dr. James E. Conyers, Sr., Morehouse College alumnus
  • Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., UNCF administrator
  • Dr. Ralph Reavis, Sr., Virginia Union University faculty member and Virginia University of Lynchburg president
  • Dr. Edward W. Crosby, Tuskegee University faculty member
  • Mr. Quincy L. Robertson, Tennessee State University alumnus and Paine College administrator
  • Dr. Dollye Mary Emily Robinson, Jackson State University alumna and dean emerita
  • Dr. Ira Hicks, Jr., Fort Valley State University alumnus and faculty member
  • Dr. Miriam DeCosta-Willis, LeMoyne-Owen College, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Howard University faculty member
  • Dr. James Carmichael Renick, Jackson State University administrator and North Carolina A&T State University chancellor
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