Universities Struggle to Recover in New Orleans

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Victor Ukpolo, chancellor of Southern University at New Orleans, proposed conducting classes in trailers as a temporary solution. He had no idea students would still be in trailers two years later. Larry Abramson, NPR hide caption

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Victor Ukpolo

Victor Ukpolo, chancellor of Southern University at New Orleans, proposed conducting classes in trailers as a temporary solution. He had no idea students would still be in trailers two years later.

Larry Abramson, NPR
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Alex Johnson, chancellor of Delgado Community College in New Orleans, says the school is responding to the booming demand for skilled construction workers and health care workers. Larry Abramson, NPR hide caption

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Alex Johnson

Alex Johnson, chancellor of Delgado Community College in New Orleans, says the school is responding to the booming demand for skilled construction workers and health care workers.

Larry Abramson, NPR

The impact Hurricane Katrina had on schools in New Orleans has been widely reported, but less has been said about the damage to higher education in the city. Southern University at New Orleans, a historically black college, is still meeting in trailers.

Southern University Chancellor Victor Ukpolo proposed the trailers as a temporary solution. He had no idea students would still be in trailers two years later.

Ukpolo, who came to the school after Katrina hit, can blame red tape, which is now more common here than Spanish moss.

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