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Higher Education Headlines: Dec. 2


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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Rich Kinder’s Foundation Gives Major University $10M to Fund New Degrees—Houston Business Journal
The foundation created by the wealthiest person in Houston has donated $10 million to his alma mater. [Subscription Required.]

How a $250 Million Campus Housing Deal Went Bad—The Chronicle of Higher Education
A student-housing project at the U. of Oklahoma, only one-third occupied a year after it opened, has become a cautionary tale about public-private partnerships.

Advice:  5 Ways to Welcome Women to Computer Science—The Chronicle of Higher Education
In 1999, at the height of the dot-com revolution, I was the only woman to graduate from Harvey Mudd College with a degree in computer science. The secret to my success? Supportive professors and classmates, sure — but also a willful obliviousness to my difference.

New Education Dept. Tool Allows Students to See Federal Debt Total Before Borrowing More Money—The Chronicle of Higher Education
Collectively, 45 million borrowers owe more than $1.5 trillion in student loan debt and default at a rate of over 10 percent. Students are often in the dark on the total amount of federal debt they will have accrued when they start making payments. 

Elsevier and Carnegie Mellon Reach Transformative Open-Access Agreement as Research Universities Seek Major Change—The Chronicle of Higher Education
The impact of the University of California system’s decision to walk away from negotiations with Elsevier over journal subscriptions has rippled out to Pittsburgh, where Carnegie Mellon University’s libraries have struck a deal with the company that marks a significant stride in open-access publishing.

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.