Frostburg State University joins the Sloan Consortium, an international association of colleges and universities committed to quality online education, in offering students whose studies have been interrupted by Hurricane Katrina an opportunity to continue their education tuition-free. Twenty-two students are currently enrolled in nine courses taught by FSU faculty who overwhelmingly offered their services.
“When we sent out the call for volunteers, 29 faculty came forward and offered to teach online courses for Katrina victims in addition to their regular course loads,” says Dr. Stephen Simpson, FSU provost. “That type of response speaks highly of our FSU faculty and their wonderful altruism in a time of crisis.”
Nationally, more than 1,000 students have requested courses through the Sloan Consortium. “Most of the students are from institutions based in New Orleans who are hoping to bridge from this difficult time and to return to their home institutions,” says Dave Spence, president of the Southern Regional Educational Board.
In collaboration with the Southern Regional Educational Board and with a $1.1 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the special eight-week accelerated semester provides a wide range of courses to serve the learning needs of students at the community college, university and graduate level, regardless of academic discipline.
FSU’s courses are offered in geography, mathematics, sociology, performing arts, political science, visual arts, psychology, mass communication and educational professions.
“The response from higher education during this crisis has been overwhelming on all fronts,” Simpson adds.
For more information on the Sloan Semester, visit www.sloansemester.org.