ERIC Number: EJ883904
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: N/A
Coping with a Man-Made Crisis: Lessons from Katrina
Cowen, Scott S.
Trusteeship, v17 n2 p14-19 Mar-Apr 2009
In the fall of 2005, Tulane University responded to Katrina's devastation by undertaking a significant re-envisioning of the university's mission and strategy. Tulane needed to survive financially without sacrificing the core academic strengths that have drawn so many students to them: a holistic undergraduate experience that leverages the university's advantages as a major research university; a select number of professional programs in law, medicine, business, social work, and public health and tropical medicine; a clearly defined portfolio of graduate and research programs in areas of established excellence; and their distinctiveness as an institution located in one of America's most culturally-diverse and historic cities. In this article, the author uses some of the lessons Tulane learned from Hurricane Katrina to suggest how to respond to the challenges facing higher education in these unprecedented economic times.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Research Universities, Public Health, Medicine, Social Work, Natural Disasters, Holistic Approach, Business Education, Economic Factors, Educational Change, Educational Administration
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Louisiana