Ed Dept gives $1B more in relief aid to minority-serving institutions

educationdive | May 01, 2020

The U.S. Department of Education will give an additional $1 billion in coronavirus relief to minority-serving institutions, including historically black and tribal colleges, as well as to select other schools that serve high shares of low-income students.The funds are part of the $14 billion in aid directed to colleges in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which President Donald Trump signed into law in March.  As these schools tend to be under-resourced and serve needy students, the funds aim to provide more support for covering their own costs and supporting students.

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The Mobile Future of Corporate Learning Infographic provides an overview of the results of the Speexx Exchange survey conducted among top HR and L&D leaders from the USA, Europe, and Asia. Get a deeper understanding of the challenges that HR and L&D professionals face, as well as how the HR and L&D landscape has evolved in the past few years.What type of training will be the most important in 2017 and what is still hampering the implementation of mobile and blended learning?

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