ASU President Says Better Disaster Plans Needed

JANUARY 11, 2006 - Posted at 7:59 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The president of Arkansas State University says the state's colleges and universities should research how to take on extra students and faculty when other institutions are crippled by natural disasters.

Dr. Les Wyatt said Hurricane Katrina's effect on Louisiana and Mississippi's schools could be a lesson for Arkansas' higher education institutions.  Colleges and universities have disaster response plans in place, but the plans don't specifically deal with where faculty and students would be placed in case of a disaster.

B. Alan Sugg, president of the University of Arkansas system, said the state's colleges have disaster plans in place for backup of computer files and other procedures, but nothing to prepare for a situation like the Gulf Coast states faced.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)