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UH Names Founding Dean of Planned Medical School—Houston Chronicle
The University of Houston has named Dr. Stephen Spann, a long-time health-care educator and administrator, as founding dean of the medical school it hopes to start in 2020.

Top 25 Safest Four-year Public Universities in Texas According to Niche—Houston Chronicle
UHD makes the list as one of the Safest Schools in America for 2018.

Texas Lawmakers, University Leaders Consider Performance-based Funding in Hearing—Houston Chronicle
Texas university presidents praised a possible new funding practice that’s lately grown more popular around the nation: Having the state give campuses bonus money based on the number of students they graduate.

Texas Universities Named Among the Top A-plus Schools for B Students—Houston Chronicle
Finding a good college can be tough, especially for good students who don’t have stellar test scores or GPAs.

A&M Chancellor Wants Fund to Help Students After Hardships—Houston Chronicle
Chancellor John Sharp wants to create a $30 million fund so students facing “significant hardships” can finish college or graduate school.

The Rise of Jumbo Student Loans Raises a Red Flag—The Wall Street Journal
Researchers are zeroing in on a related crack in the student debt market: very large student loans with balances exceeding $50,000.