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Higher Education Headlines: Jan. 14


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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University of Houston Ranked No. 2 Among the Nation’s Top Underrated Colleges—Houston Chronicle
The University of Houston is ranked the No. 2 most underrated college in the U.S., according to higher education blog CollegeVine list of underrated colleges.

Texas Tech Receives $9.1 Million to Grow National Teacher Prep Center—Texas Tech Today
Funding will allow for the expansion of the College of Education’s US PREP to include a total of 16 school-university partners throughout the U.S.

The U.S. did a Major Report on Campus Hunger. Here are Three Takeaways.—The Chronicle of Higher Education
Responding to hunger and poverty on campuses has been a growing concern throughout higher education in recent years.

Is This Higher Education’s Golden Age?—The Chronicle of Higher Education
Scholars have joined the joyless chorus. For many of them, American universities have transformed themselves into market-oriented enterprises, barely different from corporations.

With Strategic Timing and Some Extra Money, UT-Austin Hopes it can Encourage More Low-Income Students to Enroll—The Texas Tribune
In the last six years, the number of needy students at UT-Austin — as measured by those who receive the federal Pell Grant — has decreased from 28 percent to 24 percent.

For American Colleges, China Could Be the New Travel Ban, But Worse—The Chronicle of Higher Education
Anxiety has been rampant about the “Trump effect,” the idea that the president’s travel ban and anti-foreigner rhetoric could discourage — or prevent — top students and scholars from coming to the United States and damage the standing of American higher education globally.

Texas Tomorrow Fund Needs $211 Million from the Next State Budget to Close Shortfall, Comptroller Says—The Texas Tribune
The prepaid tuition plan is guaranteed by the state, so lawmakers will need to set the money aside when they write a new budget this year.

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.