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Jun 17, 2021

Since spring 2020, ACE has surveyed higher education leaders across the country about their experiences and most pressing concerns dealing with COVID-19 on campus. David Richardson, managing director of research for the TIAA Institute, and ACE’s Jon Turk review the year’s results and what they tell us about how to move forward in 2021 and beyond.


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

Leaders Respond: COVID-19 on Campus

Murray, Hirono, Pocan, Scott Introduce Bill to Double Pell Grant, Make College More Affordable

The Digital Divide Among College Students: Lessons Learned From the COVID-19 Emergency Transition
Midwestern Higher Education Compact

Supporting Mental Well-Being for Students of Color
Inside Higher Ed (June 17, 2021)

dotEDU Episode 33: Mental Health on Campus as 2020 Winds Down


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.