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ERIC Number: EJ783541
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan-11
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
New Orleans Colleges Slog toward Recovery from Katrina
Mangan, Katherine
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n18 pA1 Jan 2008
Twenty-eight months after Hurricane Katrina forced the closures of more than a half-dozen New Orleans colleges and universities, many of them are still struggling to regain their enrollments and restore buildings damaged by floodwater and mold. Over all, college enrollment in New Orleans increased slightly in the fall of 2007, reaching 74 percent of pre-Katrina levels, compared with 72 percent in the fall of 2006, says a report released in November by the Brookings Institution and the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center. The biggest increases were at two of the hardest-hit institutions: Southern University at New Orleans and Delgado Community College. Because of demographic shifts after the storm--the city's black population dropped from 68 percent of all residents to below 58 percent between 2004 and 2007, according to various estimates--historically black colleges have had to reach beyond their traditional recruiting pools. For Southern University, where enrollment rose 21 percent in the fall of 2007, that meant expanding online courses. New Orleans's higher-education growth is slightly better than the city's population rebound, which has inched back to 63 to 70 percent of its pre-Katrina level, city officials estimate.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana