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ERIC Number: EJ764745
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul-13
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
A Favorable Prognosis
Stewart, Pearl
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v23 n11 p26-29 Jul 2006
Dr. Keith Amos' undying support for his undergrad alma mater, Xavier University of Louisiana, took an unusual turn last year in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Amos, who graduated from Harvard Medical School after earning his bachelor's from Xavier, also served as a mentor and advisor for Xavier students whose plans for applying to medical schools were interrupted by the hurricane. Amos joined other Xavier alumni in Houston in hosting fundraisers at their homes to help the struggling students and faculty. Meanwhile, the legendary director of Xavier's pre-med program, Dr. J.W. Carmichael, was struggling both personally and professionally. While trying to manage his own relocation issues, Carmichael worked to keep his scattered pre-med students' medical school applications on track. For six consecutive years, Xavier had sent more Black students to medical school than any other institution in the country. Xavier, the only Catholic, historically Black university in the country, has extended that record each year. Now, incredibly, after months of uncertainty and disruption, university president Dr. Norman Francis said that 85 of Xavier's August graduates have been accepted into medical school, an even higher number than last year, when 73 were accepted. In addition to maintaining its pre-med program's reputation, Xavier has managed to attract most of its previous students back to the campus. Enrollment in fall 2006 is expected to be "right about 3,000," Francis says, about 700 fewer than the pre-Katrina number. That is not the only miraculous development at the university since Katrina. The government of Qatar has pledged $17.5 million to Xavier for a variety of purposes, including tuition assistance and the expansion of the College of Pharmacy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana; Qatar