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Higher Education Headlines: Week of Aug. 12


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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The Pool is Nice, and So are the Bigger Beds. But Hotel Living is ‘Ludicrous’ for College Students.—The Chronicle of Higher Education
Just imagine: You’re about to begin your freshman year of college. Then, you’re told that the college doesn’t have enough on-campus housing to accommodate every incoming student. Instead of getting the traditional dorm experience, you’ll be staying in a hotel.

University of Texas Researchers Aiding Salvadorian Teen were Threatened with Arrest by Mexican Authorities—The Texas Tribune
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin say a high-ranking U.S. border official refused them entry into the U.S. and sent them back— straight into the arms of Mexican authorities who threatened to arrest them on smuggling charges.

What a Tech Company’s Big Shift Portends for the Future of the Master’s Degree—The Chronicle of Higher Education
While master’s degrees still retain their primacy in “the big four” fields of health sciences, engineering, business, and education...many other fields, and even corners of those four, students seem more interested in shorter-format programs.

These College Majors will Lead to the Most and Least Satisfying Jobs, Per OneClass Study—Houston Chronicle
Many individuals assume that the more money you make, the happier you are. However, one of the most sought after components of a first job and a eventual career path is "satisfaction."

Can Starbucks Save the Middle Class? No. But It Might Ruin Higher Education—The Chronicle of Higher Education
A number of large employers have garnered praise recently for creating higher-education benefits for their employees in partnership with one or more universities. At first glance, arrangements such as these appear to deliver benefits to everyone concerned

How the Wealthy and Well Connected have Learned to Game the Admissions Process—The Chronicle of Higher Education
To casual readers of news of the last six months, the college-admissions process must come across as an easily exploitable system that favors those who already have a head start. They would be correct, college counselors say.

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.