Higher Education Headlines: April 15
By Sheryl E. Taylor
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UH Gets $1 Million Gift From Large Energy Company to Fund New Faculty Positions—The Houston Business Journal
The University of Houston received a $1 million gift from Houston-based ConocoPhillips. The one-time gift will help fund new faculty positions and fellowships in UH’s computer science and mathematics departments, key areas of focus for the university as it doubles down on its data science offerings.
Colleges are Banding Together Digitally to Help Students Succeed. Here’s How.—The Chronicle of Higher Education
Imagine data from millions of students, at dozens of universities, that educators could analyze for sweeping trends but also sift down to the level of each participant in each lesson of every class. Now imagine cross-referencing that information with other stats on those students’ backgrounds and demographics. The resulting insights could elevate teaching and student success to a whole new level.
Texas Tech Agrees to Stop Using Race in Medical School Admissions—Houston Chronicle
Texas Tech Health Sciences Center has agreed to stop using race when considering applicants to its medical school, bowing to pressure as the Trump administration campaigns to curtail the use of affirmative action in education.
A Culture of Caring: Amarillo College’s ‘No Excuses’ Program for Low-income Students has Made it a National Model—The Chronicle of Higher Education
The first time Jordan A. Herrera met Cindy Lopez, the 19-year-old single mother was pushing a stroller, financial-aid documents in hand and a long list of questions on her mind.
Record $2.9 Million Doled Out at Rice Business Plan Competition—The Houston Business Journal
Three days of startups pitching, receiving feedback and editing their business plans. A record $2.9 million in prize money was given to the top teams from the annual Rice University’s Business Plan Competition.
How America’s College-Closure Crisis Leaves Families Devastated—The Chronicle of Higher Education
When colleges shut down, people get hurt. All across the United States, colleges are disappearing.
In Many States, Higher Education Has Been Left Behind Since the Recession—The Chronicle of Higher Education
In 11 states, higher-education appropriations have not recovered at all from the worst years of the Great Recession, according to an annual report released by the association of State Higher Education Executive Officers.
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 Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz. Annually, UHD educates more than 14,000 students; boasts over 50,000 alumni and offers 44 bachelor’s and eight master’s degree programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service, Sciences & Technology; and University College). In 2018, UHD grew its First Time in College student population by 11 percent and transfer students by 14 percent.
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston. It also is ranked among 15 U.S. universities with lowest net price to students (according to the U.S. Department of Education). The University is noted nationally as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Minority-Serving Institution. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.