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UMass Lowell to Assist Students Displaced by Hurricane Katrina


BOSTON ߝ Jack M. Wilson, President of the University of Massachusetts, along with the Presidents of the State and Community Colleges, announced today their resolve to support students whose education has been interrupted by Hurricane Katrina.

President Wilson is working with Chancellor Judith Gill of the state Board of Higher Education and with the Presidents’ Council of the State Colleges and Community Colleges to find ways to maximize opportunities for displaced students. 

The University of Massachusetts System will offer emergency admission to qualified students whose matriculation at colleges and universities on the Gulf Coast was interrupted by the damage from Hurricane Katrina.  Students will be offered admission at a UMass campus based upon their matriculation at another higher education institution in the storm-ravaged area.

In preparation for next week’s beginning of classes, the University of Massachusetts Lowell is currently working on admitting several students who were planning to attend a Louisiana university this fall.

            President Wilson said, “The University of Massachusetts will work closely with the Presidents of the Massachusetts State and Community Colleges to support students whose education has been affected by Hurricane Katrina.  We hope that this gesture can have some small impact on those individuals whose lives have been devastated by this event.”

Dr. Robert Pura, President of Greenfield Community College and Chair of the Community College Council of Presidents, stated that, “The Community Colleges stand ready to work with the other segments of the Massachusetts Public Higher Education System to support the students from the Gulf Coast region devastated by the recent Hurricane.  We are committed to taking whatever steps are necessary to accommodate the needs of these students.”

Worcester State College President Janelle Ashley, Chair of the Massachusetts State Colleges Council of Presidents, added, “The Massachusetts State Colleges are pleased to join with the University of Massachusetts and the Community Colleges in opening our doors to higher education students who are displaced by Hurricane Katrina. As individuals, as colleges, and as a nation, we should demonstrate to the world what it means to be an American by lending a hand to our fellow citizens in need.”

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