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)—the second-largest university in Houston—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 more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 60,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).
For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.