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Higher Education Headlines: August 17


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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UT-Austin Names Interim President Jay Hartzell Sole Finalist for Presidency
­Houston Chronicle
Jay Hartzell, interim president at the University of Texas at Austin, is the sole finalist for the permanent position, according to a UT release from the board of regents. 
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UNC and Notre Dame See COVID-19 Outbreaks
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Cases broke out at these two universities shortly after students returned to their campuses for the fall semester.
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Houston Community College, University of Phoenix Team Up for Easier Transfers
Houston Business Journal
Students will be able to take three years of classes at HCC and one at the University of Phoenix.
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Colleges Reverse Campus Plans as Enrollment Numbers, Financial Storms Worsen
Houston Business Journal

The moves correspond with other sobering developments with significant implications for college finances, including The Big 10's decision to postpone its football season.
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UTMB Estimated 200 Layoffs From Budget Shortfall, Officials Say
Houston Chronicle
UTMB likely will cut 200 about positions to account for a $174 million budget shortfall next fiscal year.
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What Losing Football to COVID-19 Would Mean for Texas College Towns: “It’s Like Losing Christmas
The Texas Tribune
Economists said canceling football would be devastating to local businesses that rely on the huge influxes of cash from home games. Meanwhile, athletics officials weigh whether they can risk the health and welfare of student athletes
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Degrees of Separation: U.S. Colleges Enter a Turbulent Fall Semester with New Costs, Old Concerns and Little Time to Get it Right
Houston Business Journal
What was once a cash cow is now a point of weakness for many colleges, particularly for schools struggling to differentiate themselves in an increasingly online-based learning environment that, as long as Covid-19 remains unchecked, is here to stay. 
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Black at UT, and Beyond
The New York Times
A student set out to document the experiences of his Black classmates on their predominantly white campus. These are some of their stories.[Subscription Required]

Texas Universities have Started Shedding Jobs and are Bracing for a Serious Financial Hit
The Texas Tribune
It's impossible to foretell the coronavirus pandemic's full financial impact on state universities, public and private, but some have already faced millions in lost revenue and unexpected costs. Things will only get worse.
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Nervous Freshmen, Nervous Colleges
Inside Higher Ed

Survey finds that 40 percent of incoming freshmen at four-year colleges are likely or highly likely not to attend. Data are even worse for minority students.
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Is Help Coming From Washington?
Inside Higher Ed

President Trump's executive orders offer some aid but could dim prospects of a larger coronavirus bill with help for colleges.
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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.