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ERIC Number: EJ763139
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar-23
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Restructuring, Restoring and Rebuilding
Hamilton, Kendra
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v23 n3 p24-27 Mar 2006
The 27 institutions damaged by hurricanes Katrina or Rita--there were 14 in Mississippi, 12 in Louisiana and one in Alabama--estimate their combined physical damages at $1.4 billion. But rather than providing aid, the Louisiana Legislature was forced to call for $77 million in cuts in November, leading to a wrenching gut-check on many campuses. Federal aid has been approved; a bill authorizing payments of $95 million each to Louisiana and Mississippi cleared both houses of Congress in December. The money can't be used for physical reconstruction, just for student aid, faculty salaries and other uses permitted by the Higher Education Act. There has been some grumbling that the amounts given to both states are equal, despite the significantly higher number of damaged institutions in Louisiana, but the state's higher education community has gone through the difficult exercise of creating a formula for dividing up the $95 million. This article describes how New Orleans universities have shared expertise and resources in order to survive.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alabama; Louisiana; Mississippi