Chapter 3

A Case for Including Retention Strategies in the CampusEmergency Management Plan

This qualitative study tells the stories of four students who prior to Hurricane Katrina were attending colleges and universities along the Gulf Coast. The colleges and universities had emergency plans in place; however, the plans were underdeveloped in comparison to the magnitude of Hurricane Katrina. The institutions were forced to close, and these students had decisions to make regarding the continuation of their education. Included in this resource book as a close-up view of the effects of not including a retention strategy as part of the campus emergency management plan.

Based on this study, it is clear that there were several factors that overwhelmingly ...

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