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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) – 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 61,000 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 awarded UHD 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.