Greater Houston School Superintendents Talk Public Education at Roundtable Event
The topic of public education was in the spotlight as the University of Houston-Downtown's Center for Public Service & Community Research welcomed five Greater Houston area superintendents from Aldine, Houston, Spring, Spring Branch and Tomball Independent School Districts at the inaugural presentation of the Commerce Colloquium on March 1.
Roundtable guests included Dr. LaTonya Goffney, Aldine ISD; Dr. Ric Cruz, Houston ISD; Dr. Lupita Hinojosa, Spring ISD; Dr. Jennifer Blaine, Spring Branch ISD; and Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora, Tomball ISD. The in-person and virtual event featured special guest, Beatriz Ceja Williams, Division Director of the Hispanic-Service Institutions Division for the Houston Independent School District in the Office of Post-Secondary Education (U.S. Department of Education).
The event was moderated by UHD Urban Education student Monica Rodriguez, with the district leaders addressing a variety of education issues, especially those centered around classroom instruction and educational trends, as well as shaping educational policy.
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.