ED Releases HEERF 2021 Annual Performance Report
The Department of Education released its annual performance report for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). In April 2022, APLU released a policy brief, “HEERF Works: How Grants Have Supported Students at Public Research Universities,” providing more descriptive information about how APLU member institutions used these funds.
The new Department of Education report focuses on how the funds helped keep students enrolled, tuition costs down, faculty and staff stay employed, and slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The report does not include 2022 HEERF expenditures – institutions will submit their annual reports to ED later this year with 2022 data.
Key findings in the HEERF 2021 Annual Performance Report data include:
Department of Education Announces First Postsecondary Student Success Grants
The Department of Education announced the grantees for its new Postsecondary Student Success Grants, a federal program supporting evidence-based approaches to increasing college completion. Among other awardees, APLU member Florida International University was named a grant recipient. The first round of grants stemmed from an appropriation of $5 million in the Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations omnibus. Congress provided a significant boost to the program, $45 million in funding, in the Fiscal Year 2023 omnibus measure passed in December. The Department will likely begin soliciting applications later this summer and fall for FY23 funding.
USCIS Releases FY2023-2026 Strategic Plan
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released its FY2023-2026 Strategic Plan. The plan identifies three long-term goals to focus on increasing access to the immigration system; promoting and improving the naturalization process; attracting, recruiting, developing and retraining an effective workforce; creating a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility; ensuring fiscal solvency; and continuing modernization efforts that introduce additional online filing options. The three overarching goals are to:
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