Temporary Higher Education Community
for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Relief

Disclaimer: Information contained on this page is provided by individuals and institutions. SCUP cannot confirm the accuracy of this information and makes no warranties or representations in connection therewith. Please note that some offers of assistance may have already been accepted to the full extent of an institution's capacity.

One of the very basic needs in planning for anything is to connect stakeholders and ensure adequate communications. Higher education, as of just a few days ago, was sorely in need of a centralized communications site to facilitate institutions, students, faculty, and staff in assisting each other in tragic circumstances like Hurricane Katrina. This page and our email list are offered as a temporary resource for anyone to use.

Click here to go right to the list of institutional offers for students.

Right now, the online community in the [scup-katrina] email list is focusing on the students. Many institutions are making wonderful offers to take students in temporarily, sometimes with waivers of fees, tuition, or housing costs. We hope that those of you who are in touch with affected students will let them know this resource exists. We're sure that as time goes on, the focus will shift to the many additional stages of mitigation and recovery that will be required.

Anne Rice: Do You Know What It Means to Lose New Orleans?

Where Land Subsides Into Water (New Orleans)

[scup-katrina list]

Join the [scup-katrina] online community. It's a Lyris-based email list with nearly 1,000 members who've subscribed. You can join by clicking here and using the Web functionality or by sending an email message to "scup-katrina-requests@umich.edu" with the word "subscribe" in the subject line of your message. Or, you can go here and join using a web form - you can also explore the previously-posted messages if you join and then return to that link.

More Resources for Higher Ed from Higher Ed Associations
Some are in the column at the right, also.

American Association of Community Colleges has a lot on its website, including this: AACC Hurricane Relief Fund: Many colleges and others are offering financial assistance to the affected colleges, and AACC is setting up an online channel to receive and distribute these funds. There will be NO administrative charge for this work, and ALL monies received will be sent via state offices in Louisiana and Mississippi to the colleges on a formula that matches dollars with need. The fund should be operational by Tuesday of next week and accessible online at www.aacc.nche.edu. The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) has begun a campaign to raise funds for the affected colleges and will be working through AACC. AACC and the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) are seeking support from corporations to match individual contributions to the relief fund. AACC will also have a booth to accept donations at the ACCT Congress in Seattle.

American Council on Education (ACE) and National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) have launched a comprehensive assistance sharing website.

The Association for College Unions International (ACUI) has dedicated forums about Katrina.

The National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) has related blogging.

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&W) statement.

Campus Compact has a web page as a source of information, http://www.compact.org, and a discussion board allows sharing of disaster relief and support. Visit: http://www.compact.org/forums/index.php.

THECB's KatrinaCollegeStudents.org: This message board, KatrinaCollegeStudents.org, has been established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as a clearinghouse establishing a central point at which colleges and universities can provide the latest information and answer questions about the opportunities they are making available to these students.

News (under construction)

Here are three ready-made Google searches:

  • Search 1: higher education hurricane katrina
  • Search 2: college hurricane katrina
  • Search 3: university hurricane katrina
  • Search 4: higher education hurricane rita
  • Search 5: college hurricane rita
  • Search 6: university hurricane rita

    And here are some articles published by leading higher education periodicals so far:

    From Inside Higher Ed: Conceding Defeat — for a Semester, 9/6/05

    From The Chronicle: Colleges Make a Range of Offers for Displaced Students Seeking Fall Enrollment, 9/6/05

    From Campus Technology, Universities Hit by Katrina Tap Technologies To Stay Afloat and Katrina: What Can We Do to Help; This Time and the Next?.

    From University Business magazine: Relief Efforts in Response to Katrina Grow: Colleges and universities across the country are helping students hit by the storm.

  • From Inside Higher Ed: Finding New Homes or Temporary Homes
  • From The Chronicle: Education Dept. Says Its Loan Rules Will Smooth the Path for Students and Colleges Hit by Hurricane - and here's a direct link to the US Education Department's regulations waiver statement for crises

    From the Washington Post magazine: Scattered Educators, Students Try to Regroup

    Other Resources (under construction)

    A PDF flyer which can be shared around and/or printed and posted where students gather can be downloaded here; as an effort to reach as many of the affected students as possible, before the semesters get too much underway.

    A listing of websites with useful information that we have discovered so far (Please tell us of others: terry.calhoun@scup.org.):

    The National Association of Independent Colleges and University (NAICU) has a website listing efforts of its institutions to assist with Katrina.

    Katrine PeopleFinder Project

    The American Red Cross Family Links Website.

    The best set of resource links we've seen yet on line is at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). And CASE has set up a crisisxchange email list as well.

    A Higher Ed Clearinghouse on Katrina from Inside Higher Ed is a place where people are posting information.

    The Chronicle of Higher Education has an online forum devoted to Katrina. Of special interest is a page dedicated to official announcements from government agencies and from the affected institutions.

    SRAPPA, the Southeastern Region of APPA (The Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers), has established a blog on its website through which you can offer assistance (generators, portajohns, crews, water, equipment, etc.) or request assistance. Go to the SRAPPA website and link to the Hurricane Katrina blog. After students are taken care of and things get squared away some, this kind of assistance will become paramount.

    The FEMA disaster area county maps

    Students with disabilities: The Association on Higher Education and Disabilities is putting together a support team of experts. Contact Jane Jarrow directly at JaneJarrow@aol.com or (614)481-9450.

    A lot of folks are posting related information and queries to Craig's List's New Orleans Community site.

    Yahoo! has a meta-list of Katrina-related message boards.

    The USPS details by ZIP code areas where standard mail and express mail services are suspended.

    EDUCAUSE has created a Hurricane Relief Community Exchange for folks to give and get IT help. (Picture flooded server rooms!)

    Blackboard has offered free ASP hosting for clients affected by Katrina.

    Demographic Analysis of the Hardest-Hit Communities: In the interest of providing population, housing economic and social information about the counties in Mississippi prior to being impacted by Hurricane Katrina, Cliff Holley, Research Associate with the Center for Population Studies at the University of Mississippi has assembled data from the 2000 census into totals for two sets of impact counties in Mississippi: (1) the 15 counties hardest hit by Katrina, which are designated by FEMA as "Public and individual Assistance" counties; and (2) the 52 counties designated by FEMA as "Public Assistance" counties (those less affected).

    International students - we've been told that SEVP will transfer the records in SEVIS from the intended school to new schools in an expedited manner.

    PRNewswire has developed a website for offers of assistance. News releases should be sent to Dan.Forbush@prnewswire.com.

    The AAMC's front page provides useful information for displaced medical students.