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ERIC Number: EJ814301
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep-12
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Gustav's Toll: Mostly Psychological
Mangan, Katherine
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n3 pA4 Sep 2008
A week after Hurricane Gustav unleashed its fury on Gulf Coast colleges, students and faculty members are returning to campuses where the disruption was minimized not only by the weakening of the storm, but also by the meticulous planning that went into evacuations. Campuses were emptied with lock-step precision--students were bused to evacuation sites at partner colleges, and administrators traveled to off-site command centers. Web sites were outsourced, and sensitive equipment and records were hauled to higher ground. Professors posted syllabi on course-management sites so that students could work if campuses were inaccessible for a long time. Still, college leaders found themselves powerless as massive outages delayed their return and threw much of their careful planning to the wind. This article reports that this time, the toll was mostly psychological compared to the chaos brought by Hurricane Katrina three years ago.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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