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College of Public Service Hosts Bestselling Author


By Sheryl E. Taylor

The College of Public Service (CPS) is partnering with OneGoal in in hosting New York Times bestselling author, Paul Tough 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30 in the Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium.

The University of Houston-Downtown is Tough’s Houston stop on a national tour for his new book, “The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us.”

This free event will include a fireside chat with Tough and OneGoal's CEO Melissa Connelly; OneGoal-Houston's Executive Director Patty Williams-Downs; CPS Dean Dr. Jonathan Schwartz, and a book signing. Copies of Tough’s book will be available for purchase at the event.

“In this fascinating study, education journalist Tough argues persuasively that access to an elite college education, which in the U.S. is popularly believed to be a meritocratically distributed social equalizer, is in fact distributed in ways that reinforce existing economic divisions."— Publisher's Weekly

Event registration is now open.



About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.