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Higher Education Headlines: August 31


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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UHD Alumna Paula Mendoza Named HBJ’s Most Admired CEO Executive of the Year Winner
Houston Business Journal

Possible Missions CEO Paula Mendoza got her company started with only $100.
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UT-Austin Students, Faculty Call on Board to Cancel in-person Classes Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Houston Chronicle
Less than a week before classes begin at the University of Texas at Austin, students, alumni and faculty called on System officials to cancel in-person learning in a virtual Board of Regents meeting.

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Sheena Law Firm Founder Makes $1 million Donation to UH Law Center New Building
Houston Business Journal
The UH alumnus will have a courtroom/classroom hybrid named after him.
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Fayez Sarofim’s Name will Adorn the New Rice University Arts Building
Houston Chronicle
Fayez Sarofim's name will adorn the next building at Rice University, a $25 million home for the Visual and Dramatic Arts Department.
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Texas Launching Digital Textbook Repository for College Students
Houston Chronicle
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the state’s leading organization on higher education, will launch a digital repository of open educational resources, also known as OER, for Texas colleges and their students.

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Some Colleges Planned Early for An Online Fall. Here’s What They Learned.
The Chronicle of Higher Education
As the coronavirus caused classes to shift abruptly online in March, Adam Golub did something likely familiar to many professors: He punted.
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“We’re All Holding Our Breath”: Health Experts on School Reopening in Texas
The Texas Tribune
As schools and universities across Texas begin reopening, families, students and educators are adjusting to remote instruction, schools are preparing to file weekly reports on COVID-19 cases and universities are providing free on-campus coronavirus testing.

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No, Running Online Classes Isn’t Cheaper
Inside Higher Ed
Debunking a popular myth.
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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.