ACCET is closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and will provide our member institutions with guidance as it becomes available. Public health and public safety are foremost during this uncertain and ever-changing coronavirus threat.
On March 9 and 10, 2020, ACCET sent “ACCET Guidance Relative to the Coronavirus Threat” tailored to each type of ACCET-accredited institution, as follows:
- Vocational, Title IV Institutions (Title IV).
- Avocational Institutions with Intensive English Programs (IEPs).
- Vocational Non-Title IV Institutions and Avocational Institutions, Except IEPs.
This ACCET guidance provides certain flexibilities for institutions that are working to help students complete the term in which they are currently enrolled and identifies options available to institutions so that they can continue to serve current students during the coronavirus threat, including:
- Temporary closure.
- Temporary distance learning (IDL) delivery.
- Change in student enrollment status (e.g. full-time to part-time status) (This option is not available to IEPs).
- Consortium agreements (This option is not available to IEPs).
- Temporary change of location (This option is only available to IEPs).
The ACCET guidance identifies the terms and conditions for exercising these options consistent with the requirements of ACCET and, if applicable, the U.S. Department of Education and the Student Exchange Visitors Program (SEVP).
ACCET offered member institutions free one-hour Webinars on Interactive Distance Learning (IDL) on Friday, March 20, 2020. Links to the presentations are provided:
- Interactive Distance Learning (IDL) Webinar (back-to-basics) for vocational institutions
- Interactive Distance Learning Webinar (back-to-basics) for IEPs (avocational institutions offering Intensive English Programs).
ACCET will continue to provide information to ACCET institutions as warranted. Institutions are also advised to frequently check the websites of the U.S. Department of Education (ED), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and other authorities for updated information, including: