Details of the devastating power that Hurricane Sandy unleashed on the East Coast are continuing to unfold today, but it is clear that the storm impacted the lives of millions, including those at a number of ACE member colleges and universities.
While we are still in the process of gathering information about the long-term impact of the storm, at this stage it appears that the damage—while considerable—will not preclude continuation of the school year for a majority of the campuses that felt the brunt of its fury.
ACE will work with federal policymakers, as we did in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, to ensure students receive the financial assistance necessary to prevent a disruption of their education, and that institutions receive help and support in rebuilding their campus facilities.
The timing of the storm poses an additional challenge for students and institutions that have admissions deadlines looming. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and the National Association for College Admission Counseling have called on colleges and universities to extend these deadlines if appropriate, and a number of institutions have already announced plans to do so.
If we can provide any additional assistance to campuses in need, please let me know.
Molly Corbett Broad
President of ACE