Kentucky postsecondary institutions respond to students displaced by Hurricane Katrina
Release Date: Sept. 9, 2005
Contact: Sue Patrick
502-573-1555, ext. 308
Kentucky’s postsecondary institutions are responding to students displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Students who have already paid tuition at their home institution are being given tuition waivers and others are being evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Tom Layzell, president of the Council on Postsecondary Education, the agency that oversees the state’s colleges and universities, said he began discussions with college presidents last week regarding the system’s response.
“The institutions had already begun to deal with the issues posed by the tragedy. They are being flexible with their responses and are dedicated to helping students, faculty and staff displaced by the hurricane,” he said. “We will continue to monitor the situation.”
Offers of office and lab space for displaced faculty, extensive fundraising drives, and the development of online courses are a few of the examples.
Layzell, who serves as the national president of the State Higher Education Executive Officers, said he has been in touch with the Mississippi and Louisiana SHEEOS to determine their needs and to offer assistance.
The Council’s Web site, located at www.cpe.ky.gov, will serve as an archive for the system’s response and will feature news from the institutions. It will go online later today.
In a related development, the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority announced that Kentucky institutions may disperse KEES awards to those students who may otherwise have been considered to be an eligible postsecondary student pursuant to KRS164.7874.