Higher Education Headlines: April 6
By Sheryl E. Taylor
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As School Moves Online, Many Students Stay Logged Out — The New York Times
Teachers at some schools across the country report that less than half of their students are participating in online learning.
Accessibility Suffers During a Pandemic — Inside Higher Ed
Students with disabilities and their advocates say access to equitable education has been abandoned in the scramble to move classes online. [Subscription Required]
Attracting Students Amid the Coronavirus — Inside Higher Ed
Through adopting test-optional admissions and other policies, and online events, colleges strive to reach students. [Subscription Required]
The Urgency of Reforming Federal Student Aid Policy — Inside Higher Ed
In the aftermath of COVID-19, we must help make college more affordable for low-income Americans. [Subscription Required]
Rice University will Open its Residence Halls to Health Care Workers Fighting Coronavirus — Houston Chronicle
Rice University’s president announced his school would open two residence halls as temporary housing for front-line medical workers at nearby Texas Medical Center institutions. [Subscription Required]
Rice University Engineers “MacGyver” an Inexpensive Ventilator for Coronavirus Patients — The Wall Street Journal
The eight-pound machine uses parts available in hobby shops and could be mass-produced for less than $200 apiece, its inventors say. [Subscription Required]
UTMB Once Helped Defeat Ebola. Can It Find a Vaccine for Coronavirus? —
Dr. Scott Weaver is the director of the Institute for Human Infections & Immunity at University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He is currently tasked with managing nearly two dozen research projects dedicated to the novel coronavirus outbreak. [Subscription Required]
One-year MBAs Gain Ground as Applications Drop — The Wall Street Journal
Young professionals balk at pausing their careers for a two-year degree, so more schools are offering a faster, cheaper option. [Subscription Required]
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 more than 51,000 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).
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. 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.