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Caribbean Universities in Crisis

Senior university leaders in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and elsewhere in the Caribbean discuss the damage caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which destroyed buildings and displaced students.

By Elizabeth Redden // September 29, 2017

Aerial Dominica after Hurricane Irma and Maria

The Caribbean islands are also home to a number of for-profit medical schools that largely teach American and Canadian students. Some of those campuses have also sustained damage and evacuated their students.

Ross University School of Medicine, which is located in storm-ravaged Dominica and owned by the U.S.-based for-profit education company Adtalem Global Education (formerly DeVry), reported Tuesday that it had completed evacuating all of its students who were on Dominica at the time Hurricane Maria hit. The university's dean and chancellor, William F. Owen Jr., said in a message that Ross is working on a plan to resume its basic science program -- which comprises the first two preclinical years of medical education -- in an alternative location, to be determined (clinical training occurs at U.S. hospitals and has not been disrupted).

Owen said in a message on Ross's website Wednesday that "in considering new potential sites of instruction, we are focused on identifying a location that will be conducive to intensive medical study; meet the rigorous academic expectations of our accreditors; support continued access to federal student loans; and nicely balance study and recreation."

"We expect to communicate a decision soon from our list of options for a locale. There will be no classes for the next two weeks, so recuperate, refuel and bond with your loved ones," Owen told students.

Another Adtalem-owned medical school, the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, in St. Maarten, announced after Hurricane Irma hit the island that it would hold its fall semester classes at a location in the United Kingdom. The medical school initially announced plans to start classes at the U.K. location Sept. 29 -- today -- but in a statement Thursday Adtalem said the school is still "finalizing details" for the temporary relocation.

"AUC is working to secure all regulatory approvals to do so, and working to finalize an agreement with University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to utilize UCLan's teaching facilities and student support services. We are so pleased to partner with UCLan in this effort and we greatly appreciate their hospitality and assistance. While these final arrangements and approvals are still pending, AUC students have begun arriving in Preston to prepare for the planned start of classes," the statement said.

Another Caribbean medical school, All Saints University, in Dominica, said in a message on its website that "evacuation of students is on course' and that lectures for students from Dominica would resume Oct. 2 at the university's other campus in in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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If you would like to make a donation to help with the relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and/or Maria, please consider one of the charities listed at Charity Navigator.

Hurricane Katrina

Victims of Hurricane Katrina are attempting to recover from the massive storm. American Red Cross volunteers have been deployed to the hardest hit areas of Katrina's destruction, supplying hundreds of thousands victims left homeless with critical necessities. By making a financial gift to support Hurricane Katrina Relief efforts, the Red Cross can provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Hurricane Rita

Less than a month after Katrina, Hurricane Rita lashed the Gulf coast and left massive devastation in its wake. The American Red Cross will serve the victims of Hurricane Rita as it has done with Hurricane Katrina, but must rely on the ongoing support of the American public. Your financial gift to Hurricane Rita and continued support of Hurricane Katrina relief efforts will help the Red Cross provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those affected by these hurricanes.

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