Online Education Offered to College Students
Displaced by Hurricane Katrina
By Ronald Roach
The Sloan Consortium, an international association of colleges and universities devoted to quality online education, has offered students displaced by Hurricane Katrina the opportunity to continue their education with online courses at no cost. In collaboration with the Southern Regional Education Board and with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the special program will provide a wide range of courses to serve the learning needs of students at the community college, university and graduate level, regardless of academic discipline.
These courses will be given by major universities and other Sloan Consortium members. Students interested in finding out more about the program and the free courses can do so at <www.sloansemester.org/>. At this time, the goal is to accommodate at least 10,000 student enrollments, officials say.
“We know that many colleges and universities in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi will not be able to resume their fall semesters and students are scrambling for alternatives,” says Dr. David S. Spence, president of the Southern Regional Education Board. “With the help of dozens of colleges and universities nationwide, we can now offer students key courses online to bridge them through this difficult time and eventually allow them to return to their home campuses.”
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