Magazine article University Business

Feeling the Fallout

Magazine article University Business

Feeling the Fallout

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TWO RECENTLY RELEASED SURVEYS ILLUMINATE THE EFFECTS that this country's most prominent disasters of the 21st century have had on IHEs and their students.

"September 11: Effects on My Campus Five Years Later," conducted by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, found that many schools (more than 30 percent) have experienced major or transformative effects due to post-9/11 visa rules and the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, or SEVIS. "Since 9/11 the opportunity to bring international students and faculty to this country has grown more problematic," says David Warren, president of NAICU.

Curriculum has also been an area of some transformation, with courses on religion, Islam, and the Middle East springing up around the country. And nearly 21 percent of respondents said they have seen a major impact on campus risk management and security due to 9/11.

Universities close to Ground Zero have endured experiences all their own. "First, it made us all realize that we are all more vulnerable than we thought," says David Caputo, president of Pace University which has a campus in downtown Manhattan. The terrorist attacks and their aftermath also gave Pace a greater sense of community, says Caputo, as well as cause to rethink physical security. …

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