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Higher Education Headlines: Jan. 21


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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Tenth Talks: Dell Medical School’s Vice Dean Talks About Fixing Health Care—The Texas Tribune
Mini Kahlon says the next decade presents an opportunity for a radical rethinking — not just of how we treat disease, but how we prevent it in the first place.

University of St. Thomas Launches One-Year Nursing Program—Houston Chronicle
University of St. Thomas in Houston is now offering a year-long accelerated nursing program for students who already have a degree, according to a university release. [Subscription may be required.]

How Baylor Revamped its Mental-Health Services Amid a Scandal—The Chronicle of Higher Education
In the depths of a sexual-assault crisis, Baylor’s regent’s chose to spend more money on student-mental health services. It was a life-saving decision.

Senator Warren has a Plan to Cancel Student-Loan debt – Without Congressional Approval—The Chronicle of Higher Education
For the first time in any presidential-election campaign, mass student-debt cancellation has emerged as a major policy proposal. It’s easy to understand why. Student debt has exploded over the last decade, and Americans now hold more than $1.6 trillion of it.

Johns Hopkins has Quietly Stopped Giving Children of Alumni Preference in Admissions. Here’s Why.—The Chronicle of Higher Education
One sobering statistic, most of the top universities in the country enroll more students from the top 1 percent of the income spectrum than from the bottom 60 percent.

Students are Showing Up at Counseling Centers in Droves. But They Don’t Always Get the Treatment They Need.—The Chronicle of Higher Education
As demand for campus counseling skyrockets and therapists are forced to manage increasingly larger caseloads, students are less likely to see improvement in their mental-health symptoms per a recent report.

Houston Innovation Hub Reveals First Academic Partnership—Houston Business Journal
The former Sears building in Midtown Houston will be transformed into The Ion, an innovation hub. Rice Management Co., which manages the Rice University endowment, is overseeing the project. [Subscription may be required.]

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.