Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, living-learning program, educational assessment


Previous research suggests that the far-reaching impacts of hurricanes include the academic performance of students. In an examination of such impacts, we found a trend toward self-perceived decline in some performance indicators relative to students at peer universities. However, few longitudinal impacts were found, perhaps because of the sense of community offered by the living-learning program. These results may inform administrators and faculty of areas for emphasis in mitigating future impacts.

Robert V. Rohli is a Professor of Geography and Faculty Director of the Residential Colleges Program at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA.

Kurt J. Keppler is Vice Chancellor for Student Life & Enrollment at Louisiana State University.

Daniel L. Winkler is a Graduate Assistant at Louisiana State University.