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Higher Education Headlines: August 24


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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Summer Enrollment Increases at Houston Colleges Ahead of An Unpredictable Fall
Houston Chronicle
Preliminary numbers from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board show college summer enrollment up 11 percent across the state this year.

Opinion: Outdoor Classes Hold Promise for In-person Learning Amid COVID-19
Houston Chronicle
When it comes to conducting classes this fall, most colleges seem to be stuck between holding in-person or remote classes, or some combination of the two.

How COVID-19 United the Higher-ed Workforce
The Chronicle of Higher Education
When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Jermany Alston, a housekeeper at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, took paid leave to care for her children. But when she returned to work in June, she feared for her safety all over again.

For Many Large Universities, Test-optional is ‘Uncharted Territory.’ Here’s How One is Sdapting.
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Jamie Hansard, vice president for enrollment management at Texas Tech U and her colleagues asked how they could help applicants for the fall.

Texas Students Said Pandemic-era Tuition Should be Cut. But It’s Going Up at Some Schools Due to Distance Learning Fees
The Texas Tribune
Students grappling with financial upsets and a hurting economy say tuition should be lowered at their Texas universities. But some colleges are adding new fees related to an increase in distance learning.

Coronavirus Quarantine Rules Complicate College Move-in
The Wall Street Journal
Migration from high-risk states to campuses in states where virus is under control causes concern and logistical headaches.

Higher Ed’s Moment of Truth
Inside Higher Ed
Colleges confront what it means to bring students back to campuses as their fall plans become realities. Will many institutions make it through the fall without outbreaks?

Displaced Workers and Public College Enrollment
Inside Higher Ed
New research shows public colleges have room for improvement when it comes to enrolling displaced workers.


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.