Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

High-Tech by Necessity

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

High-Tech by Necessity

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In an effort to reach out to students who were forced out of Louisiana by Hurricane Katrina, Delgado Community College, Dillard University and Southern University at New Orleans are beefing up their online courses.

SUNO Chancellor Victor Ukpolo says his campus was almost totally destroyed by Katrina's floodwaters, but received trailers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to establish a temporary campus.

According to Ukpolo, SUNO has also arranged to have several entire bachelor's degree programs placed online to help those students who are having trouble returning to New Orleans because of the housing shortage.

"We were offering some classes online before Katrina, but we had so many students impacted by the storm that we had to come up with creative ways to reach them," he says, "I'ts only since Katrina that we started offering entire degree programs online."

SUNO plans to offer online bachelor's degrees in fields such as general studies, criminal justice and early childhood education, as well as an online master's degree in museum studies. …

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