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Higher Education Headlines: Dec. 6

By Sheryl E. Taylor

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Rice University Will Investigate Professor Who Said He Worked on First Genetically Altered Babies—The Chronicle of Higher Education
The professor, Michael W. Deem, told the news service that he was in China when participants gave their consent for the experiment, which his collaborator, He Jiankui, has said resulted in the birth of twin girls.

With $10M gift, UH Data Science Institute to craft Houston’s Tech Identity—The Houston Business Journal (Subscription access only)
“Not everyone has to be an expert data scientist, but everyone should have an idea.”

The Higher-Education Legacy of Pres. George H.W. Bush—The Chronicle of Higher Education
In his single term as the 41st U.S. president, from 1989 to 1993, Bush’s role proved significant for the academy.

In Unusual Letter, Democratic Senators Ask “U.S. News” to Change Emphasis of College Rankings—The Chronicle of Higher Education
Six senators wrote in a letter to U.S. News & World Report, compiler of the most prominent college rankings in the country, that more weight should be given to institutions that open their doors to students from underrepresented backgrounds.

Lone Star College Probing Details of Grants Awarded to Ineligible Students—Houston Chronicle
The Lone Star College System announced that a federal audit determined it gave out $13.8 million of financial aid to ineligible students over a four-year period.

Texas Tech, New Mexico Junior College sign transfer deal—Houston Chronicle
The Albuquerque Journal reports the deal between the Lubbock, Texas, school and the Hobbs, New Mexico, college will allow New Mexico transfer students to qualify for Texas in-state tuition.

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 Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz. Annually, UHD educates more than 14,000 students; boasts over 50,000 alumni and offers 44 bachelor’s and eight master’s degree programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service, Sciences & Technology; and University College). In 2018, UHD grew its First Time in College student population by 11 percent and transfer students by 14 percent.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston. It also is ranked among 15 U.S. universities with lowest net price to students (according to the U.S. Department of Education). The University is noted nationally as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Minority-Serving Institution. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.