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ERIC Number: EJ780776
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug-23
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Moving Forward
Lum, Lydia
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v24 n14 p38-40 Aug 2007
Two years after Hurricane Katrina, faculty ranks at New Orleans' historically Black colleges remain noticeably shallower than before the floods. The languishing numbers mirror a decline in student enrollment. Xavier University of Louisiana's student head count, for instance, has lingered at about 73 percent of the pre-Katrina enrollment, a spokeswoman says. A year ago, Dillard University and Southern University at New Orleans saw their student bodies dip to about 56 percent and 60 percent, respectively, of what they were at the beginning of the 2005 fall semester, just before the storm struck. The devastation forced school officials throughout the area to cancel classes for the entire semester. The subsequent financial crisis resulted in mass layoffs, even though some of the furloughed faculty were called back to their jobs when the schools re-opened in the spring. Faculty are expected to continue signing contracts through the rest of this month for the 2007-2008 academic year, making some statistics hard to come by. But the numbers aren't expected to be as high as they were in 2005. Currently, SUNO employs about 66 percent of the full-time faculty it used to. A year ago, Dillard's faculty was 70 percent of what it was in 2005. An Xavier spokeswoman says the university's head count is difficult to gauge because the names of many ex-faculty haven't yet been removed from the database. However, 55 of the 234 pre-Katrina faculty who worked there in 2005 were laid off after the flood. In this article, "Diverse" catches up with three faculty who lost their jobs at HBCUs soon after Katrina. These faculty are: Dr. Sonya Caston-Pierre, Dillard University; Dr. Robert A. Waters Jr. and Dr. Sarah Waters, Ohio Northern University; and Dr. Jeanine R. Burse, Augusta State University.
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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