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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) 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.