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Sloan Semester offers online courses for Hurricane Katrina victims

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 7, 2005) -- Ohio University, in collaboration with the Sloan Consortium, the Southern Regional Education Board and the Sloan Foundation, is offering 10 online courses to college students whose schools have been shut down due to damage from Hurricane Katrina.

The Sloan Consortium and participating institutions are funding the project to provide free online courses to the estimated 175,000 students displaced by the hurricane.

Displaced students can pick from five classes at Ohio University's main campus as well as five classes from regional campuses. Classes offered include psychology, economics and geography, among others.

The Sloan Semester allows participants to choose among online classes offered by over 240 participating colleges and universities in order to give students a variety of choices. By allowing students to take classes from multiple universities, the Sloan Consortium hopes victims will have the opportunity to replace many of the classes they had intended to take.

The Sloan Semester began in October and allows students flexibility to get their lives back together and the geographic freedom of not attending class in a traditional setting. Interested students can visit the Sloan Semester Web site at http://www.sloansemester.org for more information.

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