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Higher Education Headlines: Dec. 16


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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Opinion: First-Generation College Students Face a Steep Climb—Houston Chronicle
There are a few key milestones in the first semester of a college freshman's life. [Subscription Required.]

University of North Texas is Opening a Cafeteria Without Milk, Eggs, Wheat and More. It’s free of most Food Allergens.—The Texas Tribune UNT says its university cafeteria is the first in the state to offer food without the eight most common food allergens.

UT Plans Geothermal Hub for Startups, Expertise—Houston Chronicle
The Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin will use a $1 million grant from the Department of Energy to become a hub for geothermal energy expertise and startups. [Subscription Required.]

Confusion Still Reigns Over Financial Aid. Here’s Why.—The Chronicle of Higher Education
Congress has just approved some changes to simplify how students apply for federal student aid. OK, great. But hold the applause.

The Free College Fantasy—The Chronicle of Higher Education
The proposals floated by presidential candidates are nonsensical. There’s a better way.

UH Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship Receives $13 Million Gift—Houston Chronicle
The Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Family Foundation has given $13 million to the University of Houston's entrepreneurship program, which had already been named after the couple. [Subscription Required.]

Student Loans a Lot Like the Subprime Mortgage Debacle, Watchdog Says –Houston Public Media
Mike Calhoun rang the alarm bell early on about the subprime mortgage debacle — before reckless lending drove the economy into recession. These days, he's sounding the alarm about student loans.

Rice University Launches Bold Climate Change Initiative With Shell—Rice News
Rice University has launched Carbon Hub, a major research initiative to create a zero-emissions future in which oil and natural gas provide both clean energy and advanced materials that help house, move, clothe and feed people.

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.