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UMC to offer college students affected by hurricane Katrina online classes …tuition free

By Krista Lemos on
Friday, September 16, 2005

UMC is making online courses available to students whose colleges and universities shut down by hurricane Katrina. The courses to be offered in an accelerated 8 week term beginning October 24 include: Introduction to Literature, Microeconomics, Principles of Management, Principles of Marketing, Introduction to Physics, College Algebra, and Elementary Statistics. The effort will allow affected students to continue their education conveniently and without additional financial burden. “This is the right thing to do in a time of incredible need,” said UMC Chancellor Chuck Casey.

Funded by the Sloan Foundation, and through collaboration between the Sloan Consortium and the Southern Regional Education Board and the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, a project is underway to offer online courses, tuition free, to students that have been displaced due to Hurricane Katrina. It is estimated that as many as 175,000 students are not currently able to continue their studies at their institutions in southern Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. 

UMC’s online courses are flexible and are available 24/7, said Michelle Christopherson, Director of the Center for Adult Learning. “We have added 8 classes to our fall semester that will be available from October to December for those students affected by the hurricane. There are over 200 colleges and universities that have volunteered to be part of this important effort and UMC is proud to be part of it!” Eligible students may begin registering as early as Monday, September 19th.

On Sept. 2, President Robert Bruininks sent a message to the entire U community asking everyone to help. "As the Mississippi headwaters state, we have a special connection and obligation to assist those in the Mississippi delta region," Bruininks said in the message. "My hope is that the entire University community can get involved in this important humanitarian effort.". Responding to the President’s request, the Board of Regents on September 9 approved a resolution to waive tuition for students displaced by the hurricane.

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