Key Issues

ACTION NEEDED: Support Emergency Relief for Higher Education

March 24, 2019 (WASHINGTON INSIDER ALERT) - Due to the COVID-19 national emergency and the tremendous strain the pandemic is inflicting upon campuses, the American Council on Education (ACE) has asked Congress to include between $50 and $60 billion in the next emergency-relief bill to support higher education. Unfortunately, the latest version of the bill includes just $6 billion for higher education — a small fraction of what is truly needed to support students, faculty and staff during this critical time.

As last-minute negotiations around the bill continue, senators and members of Congress need to hear firsthand from chief human resources officers about the challenges colleges and universities are confronting during this emergency, specifically in light of revenue losses that are adversely impacting institutional ability to sustain pay and benefits.

CUPA-HR urges you to:

  • Take a look at ACE’s funding request summary;
  • Work with your president’s office and government relations officers to expand your institution’s legislative outreach in support of ACE’s request; and
  • Provide concrete examples to your senators and members of Congress illustrating the hardships already facing HR and how these will worsen should Congress fail to provide adequate support.

The situation in Washington is extremely fluid and action is needed as quickly as possible. Please work with your institution to make sure your congressional delegation understands the consequences that inadequate support will hold for the college and university workforce.