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July 2021

College President's Tax Corner

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Spouse Travel Expenses Are Also Deductible...(Sometimes)!

 

Ok, slow your roll.  Before you book you and your spouse to Vegas for your next annual continuing education class, please pause! This is an informational piece of writing. The above caption is only true under RARE EXCEPTIONS and VERY SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES.  In general, Internal Revenue Code, Section 162 only permits taxpayers to deduct such expenses incurred provided they are for bona fide business purposes.  Any random or other attempt to get a made-up deduction may very well guarantee an IRS audit or other case-by-case method of review.  So, why am I bringing this to a College President’s attention? Well, because, there are certain circumstance for which the full deduction applies and it is good information to know, just in case it applies to you in the future

 

Rare Exceptions

Currently, fully deductible spouse business travel has been permitted under two specific scenarios:

  • For the business-related, personal need of the taxpayer
  • Where the spouse directly enhances the required development of business relations

 

Personal Need Exceptions

  • Courts have allowed taxpayers to deduct the business travel expenses of a spouse where a diabetic executive was required to travel on behalf of the business and the spouse was trained to assist with required insulin injections, diet, and other personal care matters.

 

Enhancing The Development Of Business Relations Exception

  • In a specific case (Pierre C. Warwick, 64-2 USTC Section 9864) a Vice President of a marketing firm was permitted to deduct the travel expenses of the accompanying spouse. The district court, in its ruling, found that the (spouse) directly helped in forming “…the close, friendly, intimate relationships with the (overseas) customers…," which was one part of the job requirements of employed executive. This exception might be similarly applicable to a College President who is required to, let’s say, diversify an international student body or is requested to entice a decorated individual to become the new football coach, and is asked to do so via approved “business socializing” which includes the President and spouse mutually attending a fundraiser out of town.

 

Tax Planning is Required

To explore similar options, be sure to review similar contractual requirements in your position as President.  Also, please remember, as with any tax related topics discussed in our newsletters, we are not providing legal or tax advice.  Always speak with your own tax professional for all tax planning and personal tax filing matters.

 

Presidents are invited to call (404) 874-0555 to schedule a consultation on personal tax filing and planning.


Top Story
 

 

College Completes Transition
President A. Zachary Faison announced Edward Waters' transition from college to university is complete. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges has approved its graduate level program, an online MBA that is accepting applications for the fall 2021 semester. Read more.

 
 
Recently Released Reports

Staffing Study
A study on how the pandemic impacted staffing was released by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). Read more.

 

Student Aid Study
The Department of Education released the 2019-2020 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study. Published by the National Center for Education Statistics, the report examines the impact of the pandemic on enrollment, housing and finances. Read more.

 

Annual Report on Online Learning Released
The Changing Landscape of Online Education Project released its latest report. The report bases its findings upon a survey of chief online officers and includes post-pandemic predictions for online learning. Read more.

 

Servicer Mismanagement
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a report that found systemic mismanagement by student loan servicers has significantly contributed to the failure of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Although the approval rate has risen, it is still only 2% and thousands of applications remain backlogged. Read more.

 

Collections Disparity
A recent study by the National Student Legal Defense Network found the Department of Education takes a hard line against financially distressed student borrowers but fails to exercise the same vigor against for-profit institutions that owe money. Read more.

 

Final Report on Dream Center
The Office of Inspector General issued its final report on the conduct of the Department of Education in regard to the purchase of two of Art Institutes by the Dream Center. At issue was the extraordinary measures the Department took to allow participation in student financial aid programs by institutions that were ineligible. Read more.

 

  

In Other News

 

New HBCU School of Medicine
Donald Sussman, a former trustee of the University of the Virgin Islands, donated $6,000,000 to establish a school of medicine at the institution. It will be the first accredited English-speaking medical school in the Caribbean. Facilities and partnerships will be located on all three islands, St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas. The accreditation process will begin in November.Read more.

 

New Business Models
A survey conducted by Salesforce, Ipsos, and the Chronicle of Higher Education reported that universities are exploring new business models that include providing part-time learning, executive education, and micro-credentialing options.Read more.

 

FAFSA Completions Decline
Data from Federal Student Aid and from the National FASA Tracker show a decline in completion of the FAFSA form. The decline may indicate fewer needy students plan to enroll in postsecondary institutions. Read more.

 

Court Rules Against NCAA
The Supreme Court ruled that the NCAA policy of limiting the education-related benefits institutions can award students violates antitrust laws. The ruling is narrow and does not stop the NCAA from imposing limits on scholarships and direct compensation. Read more.

 

University Completes Acquisition of College
Delaware State University completed its acquisition of Wesley College. Over 70 percent of former Wesley College students opted to continue at Delaware State University. Over 60 percent of faculty made the move to the Delaware State. Although Wesley College was in jeopardy of closing, there was still some opposition to the acquisition. Read more.

 

Borrower Defense Claims Expanded
The Department of Education expanded the list of institutions for which it has approved borrower defense claims against. The updated list includes Westwood College, Marinello Schools of Beauty, the Court Reporting Institute to Corinthian Colleges, ITT Technical Institute, and American Career Institute. Read more.

 

Nominee Remains Unconfirmed
The nomination of James Kvall as undersecretary for the Department of Education has been blocked by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass). Kvall served in several key positions during the Obama administration. Senator Warren wants assurances that the Department of Education will revamp its lending program and that President Biden will use his executive powers to cancel student loan debt. Read more.

 

Dormitory Deal Resolved
Administrators at Bethune Cookman University announced they secured funding from the HBCU Capital Financing Program and Rice Capitol to pay off the balance on a controversial dormitory contract marking the end of a fiscally crippling deal. Administrators say they will also be able to satisfy critical deferred maintenance needs and pay off bonds. Read more.

 

Support for Apprenticeship Programs
The US Senate passed the Apprenticeships to College Act introduced by Senators Klobuchar (D-MN) and Moran (R-KS). The House passed the National Apprenticeship Act, led by Representative Josh Harder (D-CA). The bills aim to boost the Registered Apprenticeship-College Consortium. The consortium works to connect colleges and businesses with the Department of Labor serving as intermediary. Under the program, the colleges award credit for completed apprenticeships. The Department of Labor recently distributed several grants that improve the Registered Apprenticeship Programs, establish Registered Apprenticeship Technical Assistance Centers of Excellence, and support state initiatives and the Registered Apprenticeship-College Consortium. Read more.

 

Loan Servicer Quits
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency which does business as FedLoan Servicing will not renew its contract with the Department of Education. The contract expires December 14, 2021.The company services the Public Service Loan Forgiveness and the TEACH grant programs and has been accused of mismanaging both. It has been sued by the state of Massachusetts and New York State. Read More.

 

 

 

Cyber Criminals Target Higher ED
Cybersecurity experts at BlackBerry announced a remote access Trojan (RAT) is being used to infect institutions with ransomware. K-12, higher education, and healthcare have been targeted. Blackberry provided details about the code being used and warned institutions not to ignore the threat. Read more.

 

Windows Urges Update
Microsoft released an update to fix a critical vulnerability to its print spooler. If exploited, the flaw, known as PrintNightmare, would allow a hacker to create new user accounts, install software, and modify data. All Windows users are advised to install the patch. Read more.

 

Funds Released to Puerto Rico
Secretary of Education Cardona met with government and educational leaders and provided assurance that institutions in Puerto Rico will have full access to pandemic relief funding. The funds had been withheld as a result of previously imposed grant conditions. Read more.

 

 

Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) Updates
Just as several state laws permitting student athletes to profit from their NIL go into effect, the NCAA adopted its own interim policy. The NCAA policy suspends rules prohibiting students from benefiting from NIL in all sports and across all divisions. The state laws that went into effect take various approaches. Georgia's NIL law requires financial literacy instruction. While it permits college athletes to profit from their NIL, it also allows institutions to require athletes to pool a portion of those funds in an escrow account that would be shared with other athletes. The ruling makes it more likely that student athletes use websites like the Players Trunk to sell t-shirts, sweatshirts, and autographed items. Read More.

 

Fall Plans
Most institutions are planning to reopen for the fall semester. In addition to welcoming international students back to campus, institutions are slashing prices and paying off student arrears. However, awards and discounts may not be sufficient to offset the economic impact the pandemic has had on families. Additional challenges include extending COVID disinfection, exposure tracking, and other COVID prevention protocols, de-densification of housing and public facilities, and provision of on-site vaccination and mental health services. Read more.

 

Grand Opening in Orangeburg City
Claflin University held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of Claflin University Downtown Center in Orangeburg City. The center will be the new home for the university's Center for Social Justice and its Center for Global Education. Read more.

 

Erosion Threatens Campus
The section of Southern University Baton Rouge's campus that borders directly on the Mississippi River requires intervention to repair damage caused by erosion. Additional work will be required to install a preventative infrastructure. The Army Corps of Engineers estimates show the combined cost of remediation and prevention would cost significantly more than the amount the Louisiana State Legislature allocated in its budget. The university has erected signage and fenced off endangered parts of the campus. It will request the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget and the Louisiana Department of Transportation provide the funds needed to address the problem. Read more.

 

Russian Government Bans American College
The relationship between Bard College (NY) and St. Petersburg State University (RU) has been severed and the dual degree program offered by the partners has ended. The Russian prosecutor general's office has declared the New York-based institutional an undesirable organization. The designation is one that could carry criminal penalties for administrators. It is unclear what triggered the backlash. Read More.

 

Florida Blocks Refund Lawsuits
Governor Ron DeSantis signed a law that shields public and private institutions from reimbursement claims for tuition and fees during the pandemic. Several such lawsuits had been filed in Florida and around the nation. However, most have been withdrawn by the complainants or dismissed by the courts. Read More.

  



Deadlines and Information

COMPLIANCE

 

 

IRS FAQ Update
The IRS updated questions regarding reporting obligations (Form 1099-MISC and Form 1098-T) related to HEERF grants. Read more.

 

Payment Process Compliance
An update by Nacha to its Automated Clearing House (ACH) rules may impact institutions of higher education. Under the updated account validation rule, institutions will be required to verify checking accounts before they can be used for web payments. Enforcement will begin March 19, 2022. Additional rules for data protection require data to be secure when it is at rest. Those rules go into effect June 30, 2021, but enforcement will begin June 30, 2022. Read more.

 

Addendum to the 2020 Compliance Supplement
The Office of Management and Budget's Addendum to the 2020 Compliance Supplement provides additional audit guidance for programs with expenditures of COVID-19 awards. Information provided includes advice on the treatment of donated personal protective equipment and guidance on special reporting requirements mandated by the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act. Read more.



DEADLINES

 

Rules That Became Official July 1, 2021
The 2020-2021 award year came to a close on June 30, 2021. As the new award year started, early implementation ended and several rules went into effect officially.

The Subsidized Usage Limit Applies (SULA) repeal became official. Federal Student Aid published an electronic announcement which provided guidance and operational information. See Volume 1 Section 2 of the COD Technical Reference for additional information.

Updates to the clock-to-credit hour conversions went into effect as well. Federal Student Aid published an implementation guide.

The Return to Title IV (R2T4) regulations have been updated to comply with credit hour conversion rules. Last year's Federal Student Aid Conference slides (start at slide #19) and Volume 5 of the Federal Student Aid Handbook have details and examples.

The TEACH Grant Program was also updated. Forms and information are available from the Federal Register.

FAFSA Simplification is being phased in, with the removal of Selective Service and drug conviction from eligibility requirements for Title IV. The schedule and details for FAFSA Simplification was published in the Federal Register.

 

TEACH Grant Program Updates
The Department of Education announced it has doubled the annual TEACH grant award amount. The program update also expands the reconsideration process for recipients whose grants were converted into loans. Read more.

 

Expected Family Contributions
Federal Student Aid published explanations and formulae for calculating Expected Family Contributions for 2021-2022. Note that the EFC will not be replaced by the Student Aid Index (SAI) this year. Read more.

 

Cohort Default Rate Challenge and Appeal
Federal Student Aid has updated the Cohort Default Rate Guide (2020). Appeals and incorrect data challenges must be made through the eCDR Appeals System. Guides and simulations for using the eCDR Appeals System are also available. See the FAQ

 

Pell Grants
The Department published specific information to assist in internal, external, and final reconciliation of a Pell Grant award year. The Federal Pell Grant Program payment and disbursement schedules for the 2021-2022 award year are available in PDF and Excel formats.

 

Heightened Cash Monitoring
The Heightened Cash Monitoring lists have not been updated for June 2021. Institutions participating in Federal Student Aid on a HCM1 basis are permitted to pay student credit balances after drawing down Title IV funds. This permission expires at the end of the payment period that begins after the COVID-19 national emergency ends. Read more

 

COD Technical Reference
Student Financial Aid published its 2021-2022 COD Technical Reference. Read more.

 

CPS Test System User Guide
Student Financial Aid published the 2022–2023 CPS Test System User Guide. Read more.

 

Campus-Based Funding
Student Financial Aid published a notification of Campus-Based Funding for the 2021–22 award year. The file is available in Microsoft Excel format. Read more.

 

Federal Student Loan Payment
President Biden extended the federal student loan payment suspension by executive order. Payments are suspended through September 30, 2021. Read more.

 

Data Sharing and SNAP Benefits
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 expanded the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to permit student eligibility until 30 days after the COVID public health emergency is lifted. Institutions may with prior written consent of the student, provide FAFSA data to state SNAP agencies if called upon to assist with verification efforts. Read more.

 

Verification Reporting Reminders
Federal Student Aid published a reminder on verification reporting requirements and the 2020-2021 award year deadlines (FAFSA, ISIR, SAR, and Verification).  Read more.

 

Expansion of Collections Pause to Include Defaulted FFEL Program Loans
The Department of Education has announced an expansion of the pause on federal student loan interest and collections to include defaulted loans in the FFEL program managed by guaranty agencies. The pause is effective through September 30, 2021. Read more.

 

Explanation Of Final Funding Level Worksheets
Federal Student Aid provided an explanation of the calculations used to determine the actual funding for Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) and Federal Work-Study (FWS) programs for 2021–2022. Read more

 

Interest Rates for Direct Loans
Federal Student Aid announced interest rates for Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct PLUS Loans first disbursed between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. Read more

 

HEAL Program Interest Rates
The maximum interest rates for HEAL Program loans for the quarter ending June 30, 2021, were posted on the Department of Education website. View Chart.

 

FFEL Program Interest Rates
Annual Notice of Interest Rates for Variable-Rate federal student loans made under the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program effective July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021, were posted in the federal register. View Chart.

 

Sequester-Required Changes to Title IV Programs
The Department of Education published information regarding the sequester-required increases to Direct Loan fees and sequester-required reductions in Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant and TEACH Grant award amounts. Read more

 

Federal Student Aid Training for New Staff
The Department of Education is hosting an online training course on the administration of federal student aid programs. Read more.

 

 

 

HEERF 

 

HEERF III FAQ has been updated. (Note questions 7, 11, 28, 30, 31, and 35)

 

Student Aid Portion
General Info  |   Student Eligibility Rule  |   Supplement  |   Allocation Table  |   Reference

 

Institutional Portion
General Info  |   Supplement   |  Allocation Table   |  Reference

 

HEERF Compliance
Reporting Requirement  |   Audit Requirement   |   Additional Audit Information
Updated FAQ for Calculating, Reimbursing, and Reporting Lost Revenue
Revision to allowable time period
Additional Info

 

HEERF III Spending Requirement
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 requires all HEERF recipients that have not spent all of the institutional share to provide emergency financial grants to students, to spend a portion (See Section D Question 33) to implement evidence-based practices to monitor and suppress the coronavirus (See Section D Question 28) and to provide direct outreach to financial aid applicants regarding eligibility to receive a financial aid adjustment due to changes in their family's financial situation (See Section D Question 30 in FAQ updated May 24, 2021.) Read more.

 

HEERF III Eligibility Expansion
The Department of Education clarified that all students enrolled in an institution of higher education during the COVID-19 national emergency are eligible for HEERF. This includes students who have or have not completed a FAFSA, those who are eligible or ineligible for Title IV, citizens, permanent residents, refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented students, international students, students studying abroad, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival recipients. The guidance also stipulates that institutions must prioritize students who have exceptional need, domestic students, and undergraduates. (See Section B Question 7 in FAQ updated May 24, 2021.) Read more .

 

HEERF Lost Revenue Reminder
The Department of Education clarified that the institutional share of HEERF can NOT be used to reimburse the institution for revenue lost or reduced during the COVID-19 national emergency from the following sources: capital outlays associated with facilities related to athletics (including fees assessed for capital athletic facility construction), acquisition of real property (including bond revenue), contributions or donations to the institution, marketing or recruitment activities, revenue related to sectarian instruction or religious worship, alcohol sales, and investment income (including endowment and quasi-endowment revenue). Read more.

 

Information regarding additional funds set aside for HBCUs, TCCUs, and Supplemental Support has not been posted.

PPP Forgiveness Application REMINDER

 

Note: A borrower can apply for forgiveness once all loan proceeds for which the borrower is requesting forgiveness have been used. A borrower can apply for forgiveness any time up to the maturity date of the loan. If a borrower does not apply for forgiveness within 10 months after the last day of the covered period, then PPP loan payments are no longer deferred, and the borrower will begin making loan payments to their PPP lender.

 

Eligible borrowers qualify for full forgiveness for First Draw PPP loans if during the 8-24-week covered period following loan disbursement:
Employee and compensation levels are maintained
The loan proceeds are spent on payroll costs and other eligible expenses 
At least 60% of the proceeds are spent on payroll costs.

Eligible borrowers qualify for full forgiveness for Second Draw PPP loans if during the 8-24-week covered period following loan disbursement:
Employee and compensation levels are maintained in the same manner as required for the First Draw PPP loan
The loan proceeds are spent on payroll costs and other eligible expenses 
At least 60% of the proceeds are spent on payroll costs

Loan forgiveness applications can be downloaded from the SBA website or obtained from your PPP lender. Check the SBA website to ensure you have the latest information. Versions in use at the time of publication are listed below. 
Version 9 of the PPP 3508 Loan Forgiveness Application
Version 7 of the PPP 3508S Loan Forgiveness Application
PPP EZ Loan Forgiveness Application

 

(Please note: Recent legislation eliminated the requirement to deduct the amount of any EIDL Advance you may have received from your PPP loan forgiveness.) Read more.

 

 

Grants, Awards, Gifts

 

Central State University Extension Services was awarded a three-year $250,000 grant to establish incubator farms and farmer's markets in underserved neighborhoods around Dayton, Ohio. The extension services will provide training in sustainable farming and marketing to local residents. Read more.

 

Harris-Stowe State University was selected as one of 40 institutions that will receive a grant from the IIE American Passport Project. The grant provides 25 first-year students with passports and study abroad services. Read more.

 

Google announced grants to Tuskegee University, Howard University, Clark Atlanta University, Claflin University, Morgan State University, North Carolina A&T State University, Prairie View A&M State University, Xavier University of Louisiana, and Spelman College. The $5,000,000 one-time grants are unrestricted. Read more.

 

Prairie View A&M University received $4,000,000 from the Brown Foundation, Inc. Half of the gift will be used to support presidential initiatives. The other half will support faculty recruitment efforts and the Ruth J. Simmons Center for Race and Justice. Read more.

 

Tuskegee University, Prairie View A&M University, North Carolina A&T State University are partnering with Fluor Corporation and the Fluor Foundation in a three-year $1,000,000 program that supports their STEM initiatives. Read more.

 

North Carolina A&T State University is collaborating with Barnes & Noble to provide textbooks for all undergraduate students during the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 academic cycles free of charge. Read more.

 

The American Electric Power Foundation awarded grants to Jarvis Christian College, Wiley College, Bluefield State College Foundation, and Southern University at Shreveport Foundation. Each will receive a $250,000 grant to improve STEM programs as part of the American Electric Power Foundation's Delivering on the Dream: Social and Racial Justice grant program.Read more.

 

Philander Smith College received a $25,000 grant from the Building Black Communities Fund to support its Social Justice Institute. Read more.

  

Appointments
Leadership

Appointments and Changes

 

Texas Southern University officially named Dr. Lesia L. Crumpton-Young president. The sole finalist in the national presidential search, Crumpton-Young previously served as Morgan State University's provost and senior vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer. Read more.

 

Xavier University of Louisiana named Ingenue' Schexnider-Fields university controller. She has served the university for nearly twenty years in various administrative positions related to accounting and financial reporting. Read more.

 

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics named Dr. Lester Newman, president of Jarvis Christian College chair of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Council of Presidents. Twenty-three presidents representing 21 NAIA conferences are on the council. Dr. Newman represents the Red River Athletic Conference. Read more.

 

The Gulf Coast Athletic Conference recently elected three officers. Roderick Smothers, Jr., athletic director at Philander Smith College was elected president. Larry Glover, athletic director at Fisk University was elected chair of the Council of Athletic Directors. Keith Barnes, athletic director at Tougaloo College was elected to represent the conference on the NAIA National Administrative Council. Read more.

 

Bethune-Cookman University named Reggie Theus athletic director and men's basketball coach. Coach Theus is a former NBA All-Star who played for several teams including the Orlando Magic and the Atlanta Hawks. His career includes coaching in the NFL and on the collegiate level.Read more.

 

Florida Memorial University named Jason Horn director of athletics. Director Horn most recently served as assistant vice president and director of athletics and recreation at Xavier University of Louisiana. Read more.

 

Howard University announced Pulitzer Prize winner, Nikole Hannah-Jones will serve as endowed chair of journalism in the Cathy Hughes School of Communication with full tenure. She declined the belated offer of tenure the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill added to its endowed chair appointment. Acclaimed journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates has also joined Howard University faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences. The appointments are supported by an anonymous donor, the Knight Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Ford Foundation. Read more.

 

Spelman College named Dr. Liz Andrews executive director of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. Dr. Andrews comes to the college from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where she served as the executive administrator. Her tenure will begin on August 2, 2021. Read more.

 

Denmark Technical College named Dr. Sasha Johnson-Coleman vice president for institutional advancement. Dr. Johnson-Coleman previously served at Wiley College as the assistant vice provost. Read more.

 

Bethune-Cookman University named Janell Crayton head coach of the women’s basketball program. Coach Crayton hails from Kennesaw State University where she served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Read more.

 

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia named Teresa MacCartney as interim chancellor. Currently serving the executive vice chancellor for administration, she takes the reins from Steve Wrigley who is retiring. The board has faced some difficulty with its national search with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges warning the regents that the system runs the risk of jeopardizing its accreditation if the politicization compromises the boards independence. Read more.

 

Howard University named Dr. Cynthia Evers vice president of student affairs. Dr. Evers had been serving as interim vice president and previously served with the University System of Georgia. Read more.

 

The Wesley Peachtree Group joins the family of Dr. Frederick S. Humphries, Sr., Florida A&M University, Tennessee State University, and the entire HBCU community in mourning his passing. Dr. Humphries served as president of Tennessee State University from 1974 to 1985. Subsequently, he went on to serve as president of his alma mater, Florida A&M University from 1985 to 2001. He was an instrumental member of the team that piloted the successful merger of Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee at Nashville and was a driving force in the re-establishment of Florida A&M University's law school. Memorial services and vigils will be held at both Tennessee State and Florida A&M Universities. The City of Tallahassee also honored him. Read more.



Kudos
Kudos


Honors and Acknowledgements


 

Dr. Reynold Verret, president of Xavier University of Louisiana testified before the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. The committee was seeking information on the role HEERF played in helping HBCUs continue to fulfill their missions during the pandemic. You can watch or read his testimony online.  Read More.

 

Dr. Makola M. Abdullah, president of Virginia State University was elected to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America National Board. Dr. Abdullah also serves as chair of the Council of 1890s Presidents for Association of Public Land-Grant Universities (APLU), vice chair on the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on College's Board of Trustees, and vice chair of the Council of Presidents for Virginia Institutions of Higher Education. Read More.

 

Ada Brown Belton, assistant vice president for Alumni Relations and Advancement Services at Benedict College, led another successful alumni donation campaign. Contributions topped $1,500,000 during the 2021 Alumni Fund Campaign. Read More.

 

Dr. Michael Casson, dean of the Delaware State University College of Business, shared his insights in a discussion on career-focused curriculum for an article on course design that appeared in Harvard Business Publishing. Read More.

 

The Volusia County Council named June 22, 2021, Lynn W. Thompson Day. The youngest athletics director in the nation when he joined Bethune-Cookman, Thompson spent 30 years with the university and retired as one of the sector's most successful and respected administrators. Read More.

 

Dr. Zhabiz Golkar, chair of the Voorhees College Department of Science Technology, Health, and Human Services, has been named a leadership fellow with the Center for the Advancement of Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Leadership. Dr. Golkar will represent Voorhees College in this effort aimed at fostering leadership that advances minority participation in STEM areas. Read More.

 

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars named Dr. Pamala Heard the 2021 Laura Taddeucci Downs National Advisor of the Year. Dr. Heard is the director of Honors Student Services and Activities at Jackson State University. Read More.

 

Meharry Medical College was praised for its COVID prevention efforts on behalf of the Nashville public school system. An article in the Tennessee Tribune lauded the institution for its prowess in planning, developing safety protocols, and providing training, screening and testing. Read More.

 

Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, president of Spelman College, will join the Guild Education Advisory Board. The board focuses on providing economic mobility through education opportunity. Guild Education is a platform that connects employers with colleges and universities that can provide courses, training, and career coaching for their employees. Read More.

 

 




Programs
Programs

 

The West Virginia Council for Community & Technical College Education denied Bluefield State College's request to offer associate degrees in engineering at a new branch in Wheeling. Although program development was based upon surveys that showed a high demand for engineering technology programs in the area, it was opposed by the presidents of West Virginia Northern Community College, West Liberty University, and Wheeling University. The program had been slated to begin in the spring. Read more.

 

Grambling State University won approval for its first doctoral program. The university will offer a Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology and Justice Administration. It will be the first program of its kind in Louisiana. Read more.

 

Prairie View A&M University College of Business launched its Summer Banking Academy, a four-week program intended to prepare students for internships, mentorships, and careers in finance. The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, the Texas Bankers Association, JPMorgan Chase, and Union Savings Bank of Cincinnati provide support for the program. Read more.

 

Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University have partnered to launch a dual degree program in management and medicine. Eligible students will earn their doctor of medicine degree from Meharry Medical College and a master of business administration from Vanderbilt University in five years. Read more.

 

Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman Universities are official members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). The athletic rivals had spent several decades with the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). Read more.

 

Lane College is participating in the Second-chance Pell program. The college launched a bachelor of science degree in business program. Eleven men make up the first cohort of students. Read more.

 

Morgan State University announced it has partnered with Modern States Education AllianceTM to launch the Morgan Fast Start program. The program is designed to recruit Maryland high school students to Morgan State University. Otherwise qualified prospects can save a year's tuition by taking four college-credit eligible Modern States courses and the College Level Examination Program exams. The courses, textbooks, and supplies are provided free of charge. Modern States Education AllianceTM is looking to partner with other HBCUs. Read more.

 

Paul Quinn College announced it is working with the Dallas Mavericks to provide a degree program in sports management and with Lowe's Home improvement Center to offer a major in retail management. The college is also offering a banking and finance major. Future plans include the Bishop T.D. Jakes Executive MBA Program. Read more.

 

Jarvis Christian College announced it is launching an Arts and Entertainment Institute with Amir Windom. Windom, a Grammy Award-Winning record executive, will also teach master classes in entertainment. The college plans to offer master classes in sports marketing and cybersecurity in the future. Read more.

 

Arkansas Baptist College is offering a debt free semester to the first 500 Pell Grant-eligible students who complete the admissions process, file the 2021-2022 FASFA, and register for classes. The program is open to both new and returning students. College administrators lauded Arkansas State Senator Linda P. Chesterfield for her role in securing state funding used for the program. Read more.

 

University of Arkansas Pine Bluff's Office of International Programs participated in an event held by the US Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. The university's presentation centered on the role of women and youth in civil rights movements. The event was well attended and well received. Read more.

 




Events

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

Location:Virtual
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Event:The State of Higher Education Finances in 2021
Date:July 21-23, 2021
Location:On Demand
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Event:Campus Safety Conference
Date:July 21-23, 2021
Location:San Antonio, TX
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Event:New Presidents Academy
Date:July 12, 2021-October 18, 2021
Location:Hybrid Virtual and In Person
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Event:Institute on Open Educational Resources
Date:July 26-27, 2021
Location:Virtual Conference
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Event:Modern Data Governance
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Location:Virtual
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Event:Navigating Your Career Growth: A Bootcamp for Advanced Women Leaders in Higher ED
Date:August 2-September 3, 2021
Location:Virtual with Live sessions
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Event:African American Board Leadership Institute
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Location:Virtual
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Event:Navigating Your Career Growth: A Bootcamp for Advanced Women Leaders in Higher Ed
Date:August 2-September 3, 2021
Location:Virtual
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Event:Association for Biblical Higher Education Accreditation Journey
Date/Location:September 27-28, 2021 Baltimore, Maryland
Date/Location:Virtual and On-site
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Event:Leadership in Higher Education Conference
Date/Location:October 7-9, 2021 Baltimore, Maryland
Date/Location:October 11-December 31, 2021 Virtual
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Event:The 2021 Federal Student Aid Training Conference
Date:November 30-December 3, 2021
Location:Virtual
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