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Higher Education Headlines: Aug. 5


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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UHD to Debut Science, Technology College Building This Fall—Houston Chronicle
University of Houston-Downtown will debut its new College of Sciences and Technology building this fall — and officials promise that the commuter campus’ first academic buildings in 12 years will pull out all the stops for students, science and sustainability.

As Competition Mounts, 2U Signals Big Changes for Online Education—The Chronicle of Higher Education
In the minds of many college administrators, as 2U goes, so goes online education. Since the company’s founding, in 2008, it has locked down contracts with some of the country’s top colleges to start — and rapidly expand — dozens of online master’s programs.

Kamala Harris Wants to Invest in STEMs at HBCU. But Does Her Plan Ignore Pressing Needs?—The Chronicle of Higher Education
Sen. Kamala D. Harris on Friday became the latest Democratic presidential candidate to highlight the importance of historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, when she proposed a policy to dedicate $60 billion to STEM programs and infrastructure for those institutions.

Even After the Admissions Scandal, Colleges Won’t Check Most Applications—The Wall Street Journal
Schools say their job isn’t to investigate; ‘It’s not our policy to suspect every student.’

A Fresh Abuse Rattles College Admissions: Parents Give Up Custody of Their Children So That They Can Get Student Aid
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Another scandal is unfolding in the world of college admissions. This time it’s financial aid — not acceptance letters — that families are trying to secure. 

The College Dropout Scandal: Forty Percent of Students Don’t Graduate. No One is Held Accountable. No One is Fired. That Must Change.—The Chronicle of Higher Education
Higher education is billed as the ticket into America’s middle class. That’s true for students who actually earn a degree. The average lifetime earnings for those with a bachelor’s will be nearly $1 million more than those with only a high-school diploma, and the gap keeps widening as more employers demand a university credential.

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.