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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.
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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?
Houston Chronicle
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] 










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.