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May 20, 2021

The Department of Education recently released the latest round of emergency funds provided by what will likely be the final COVID-19 relief bill, the American Rescue Plan. Our guest this week is Philip Rogers, chancellor of East Carolina University (ECU) and former ACE senior vice president, who talks about how ECU has used federal pandemic relief to help students and the university at large, along with the surrounding community of Greenville.

Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show:

East Carolina University CARES Act Funding

East Carolina Coronavirus News and Updates

East Carolina University Student Emergency Funding

U.S. Department of Education Makes Available $36 Billion in American Rescue Plan Funds to Support Students and Institutions
Department of Education | May 11, 2021

Nearly $40 Billion in Relief for Higher Education in Sight as Congress Nears Completion on COVID-19 Bill
March 8, 2021

Higher Education Receives More Than $20 Billion in COVID-19 Relief Funding
Dec. 21, 2020

Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Allocates $14 Billion to Higher Education; Higher Education Community Says More Is Needed
March 30, 2020

From the Introduction
Public Generally Supports International Students Despite Security and Competition Concerns, ACE Survey Finds

College and University Presidents Respond to COVID-19: 2021 Spring Term Survey, Part II


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Each episode of dotEDU presents a deep dive into a major public policy issue impacting college campuses and students across the country. Hosts from ACE are joined by guest experts to lead you through thought-provoking conversations on topics such as campus free speech, diversity in admissions, college costs and affordability, and more. Find all episodes of the podcast at the dotEDU page.

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Jon Fansmith is a director of government relations at ACE. He represents ACE and its members on matters related to the federal budget and appropriations process, with a particular focus on student aid.

Mushtaq Gunja serves as vice president and chief of staff at ACE, where he is in charge of strategic initiatives, communications, and membership.

Sarah Spreitzer is a director of government relations at ACE. She represents ACE and its members on matters related to research policy and funding, federal policy, international students, immigration, and legislative issues.