ED INDICATES INSTITUTIONS WITHOUT SUBAWARDEES EXEMPT FROM FFATA REPORTING REQUIREMENTS FOR CARES ACT FUNDS
Last Month ED published an announcement stating that schools would satisfy the quarterly reporting requirements in the CARES Act by simply reporting each month in compliance with the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (FAFTA). The only problem is that most institutions don’t have to comply with FFAFTA because they don’t make subawards from federal grants. According to NASFAA, ED will be issuing a Frequently Asked Questions “to explain that schools that do not have subawardees for their CARES Act formula grants would not have a FFATA reporting obligation.”
The U.S. Department of Education’ s Office of the Inspector General has a new website to use for reporting suspected fraud rings in distance education programs. The new portal is encrypted and will allow institutions to submit referrals securely and electronically. To assist schools in reporting information about specific individuals they believe are engaging in fraud rings in distance education programs, the OIG and FSA have released an updated fraud ring reporting spreadsheet which can be securely loaded onto the portal. Check out this electronic announcement from the OIG for more information. And remember if you suspect fraud related to Tittle IV, just call the OIG hotline at 1-800-MIS-USED (1-800-647-8733).
COLLEGES TO OBSERVE CONSTITUTION AND CITIZENSHIP DAY – SEPTEMBER 17TH
This year Constitution Day is on Thursday, September 17.
As a Title IV Eligible Institution, it is a requirement to recognize and participate in Constitution Day, on September 17th of each year.
Looking for ideas to bring the Constitution to life on your campus? Check out these easy tips:
• Have a discussion during class on the U.S. Constitution.
• Create Student Activity Programming, such as: having all students sign the Constitution, comparing another country’s Constitution to ours, or having students get together and recite the preamble to the Constitution.
• Hand out information on the Constitution. There is a booklet entitled “Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence” (Pocket Edition) which is available for purchase through various bookstores.
• Visit the National Archives website that contains information about the entire Constitution. http://www.archives.gov/national_archives_experience/charters/constitution.html
There is also a private website dedicated entirely to Constitution Day, which can be useful for planning events. The website contains educational materials, flyers, and other information pertinent to the celebration of Constitution Day and can be found through the following link: http://www.constitutionday.com/
Registration for the 2020-2021 IPEDS Data Collection Schedule opens on August 5, 2020. Reporting to IPEDS is mandatory for all institutions. If you’re responsible for reporting IPEDS this year, you can register as a keyholder right on the IPEDS website. If you are already an existing keyholder, you’ll receive your 2020-2021 USER ID and Password via email on August 5, 2020. If your institution doesn’t have a registered keyholder your President or CEO will be notified by mail along with instructions on how to register. You can register here: https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/report-your-data
The summer registration contains preliminary survey information such as Registration, Report Mapping, Institution ID, and IC-Header info which be completed and locked before you’ll be able to begin reporting for the Fall survey.
If you are responsible for reporting IPEDS data at your school, here are some other important dates to mark on your calendar.
• September 2 – October 14, 2020: Fall Collection – Institutional Characteristics; Completions; 12-month Enrollment
• December 9, 2020 – February 10, 2021: Winter Collection Opens – Student Financial Aid; Graduation Rates; 200% Graduation Rates; Admissions; Outcome Measures
• December 9, 2020 – April 7, 2021: Spring Collection Opens – Fall Enrollment; Finance; Human Resources; Academic Libraries
If you’ve got leftover funds that you won’t spend from the 2019-2020 Federal Work-Study (FWS) or Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), you should complete the Campus Based Reallocation Form by August 17, 2020 so that other schools can use them. The campus-based reallocation form can also be used by institutions that want to request supplemental 2020-2021 Federal Work Study Funds for employing students in community service jobs. To qualify, schools must have had an FWS fair share shortfall as shown on line 28 of the school’s 2019-2020 final funding worksheet.
The reallocation form can be found on the COD website. For more information including a sample of the form, click this electronic announcement from FSA.