What's Next: How long will colleges have flexibility to offer online classes due to coronavirus?

educationdive | March 21, 2020

Colleges have been moving classes online in droves to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. At first, school officials said they'd reassess the need to continue remote instruction after a few weeks. Federal agencies and accreditors afforded them   flexibility to do that, loosening rules that would typically guide how colleges use distance learning.  But those couple of weeks could become months, experts say, as the coronavirus situation in the U.S. intensifies. That raises new questions for colleges, both about how long they'll be afforded lenience from federal regulators and accreditors and about the extent to which they should be keeping track of what they're doing differently.

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Schools and further education colleges in England are required to provide impartial careers guidance to their students. The Department for Education has published statutory guidance (most recently updated in January 2018) for maintained schools on their duty to provide careers guidance, which also applies to many academies.The quality of careers advice has come in for frequent criticism, and recent governments have made several reforms, including the establishment of the National Careers Service and the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC), aimed at improving the quality and range of careers advice on offer. Higher education institutions are not required to provide careers advice, but nonetheless this service is offered across institutions.

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Schools and further education colleges in England are required to provide impartial careers guidance to their students. The Department for Education has published statutory guidance (most recently updated in January 2018) for maintained schools on their duty to provide careers guidance, which also applies to many academies.The quality of careers advice has come in for frequent criticism, and recent governments have made several reforms, including the establishment of the National Careers Service and the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC), aimed at improving the quality and range of careers advice on offer. Higher education institutions are not required to provide careers advice, but nonetheless this service is offered across institutions.

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