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Fall II is answer for some displaced Gulf Coast college students

The APSU Admissions Office has begun receiving inquiries from Tennessee students enrolled in Gulf Coast colleges that are closing due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.

Ive gotten several calls from students or their parentsmost of whom live nearby--wanting to know if its too late to enroll for fall classes at Austin Peay, said Scott McDonald, director of admissions. Im pleased to be able to tell them its not too late.
The APSU Admissions Office has begun receiving inquiries from Tennessee students enrolled in Gulf Coast colleges that are closing due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.

“I've gotten several calls from students or their parentsmost of whom live nearby--wanting to know if it's too late to enroll for fall classes at Austin Peay,” said Scott McDonald, director of admissions. “I'm pleased to be able to tell them it's not too late.”

On the main campus, displaced students can enroll through the 14th day of classes, and payment of any fees will be worked out later.

“We will work with them,” said McDonald. “We know their situation is unusual, and unusual problems require unique solutions. At Austin Peay, we're known for working closely with all our students, so providing classes for these displaced students is an extension of that tradition.”

According to Stan Groppel, dean of extended and distance education, APSU has a late fall term to offer these students. The APSU Center@ Fort Campbell's Fall II Term does not begin registering students until Oct. 3-7.

Groppel said, “Students who enroll for Fall II at Fort Campbell can complete a full term in eight weeks so, if their current schools re-open and they want to return, they will have completed their classes at Austin Peay by December 2005.”

Groppel noted that students also are inquiring about APSU's nine fully online degrees. “Students who are being forced to leave their universities, such as the University of New Orleans or Tulane, can register for our online classes without having to worry about being onsite here.”

For more information about how APSU can meet the short-term or long-term educational needs of students displaced by Hurricane Katrina, telephone Groppel at (931) 221-6128 or McDonald at (931) 221-7661 or toll free at 1-800-844-APSU or go to www.apsu.edu.
— Dennie B. Burke