Thursday, September 01, 2005

Where will the Students Go?

The storm severely damaged many colleges and universities, displacing perhaps 100,000 students or more for the fall semester, officials estimated.

New Orleans is home to several institutions of higher learning, including Tulane University, the University of New Orleans, Southern University of New Orleans, Xavier University, Loyola University of New Orleans, Our Lady of Holy Cross College and Dillard University, as well as Louisiana State University's medical school.

Both the American Council on Education, the nation's largest association of colleges and universities, and the American Association of Universities, which includes 62 of the nation's leading research institutions, including Tulane, urged their member institutions yesterday to help displaced students.

And universities and colleges around the nation said they were making efforts to help. For example, the University of Virginia was working to accommodate Virginia students who had been enrolled in New Orleans area institutions, it said in a statement. Vanderbilt University will try to enroll the displaced as "visiting students," said Michael J. Schoenfeld, Vanderbilt's vice chancellor for public affairs.

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