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Higher Education Headlines: July 27

By Sheryl E. Taylor

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New International Students Barred From All-online Classes
Inside Higher Ed
New U.S. immigration guidance clarifies that new international students, unlike continuing international students, cannot come to American colleges to take a "100 percent" online course load this fall.
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University of Houston’s First New Medical School in Nearly Half a Century Begins Classes Today
Houston Chronicle
Breanna Chachere, a student in the inaugural class of UH’s medical school, will have to start her school year from home.
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Would-be Dreamers Sue as Trump Freezes Out 86,000 Texans Eligible for DACA
Houston Chronicle
Lagunas Ausencio is one of dozens of plaintiffs on a new lawsuit trying to force the Trump administration to accept new DACA applications. She's studying nursing at Lone Star College, but can't become a nurse without a work permit from DACA.
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Editorial: UT Must Go Beyond Symbolism to Show Black Students Matter
Houston Chronicle
It shouldn’t have taken protests and petitions for The University of Texas at Austin to remove the name of an avowed segregationist from a math and physics building, to erect statues and monuments honoring pioneering Black students, to examine the racist history of the school song.
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UH-Clear Lake, State of Qatar Announce New Diplomacy Institute Partnership
UHCL News Blog
In partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, the University of Houston-Clear Lake is announcing a new initiative that does not exist at any other institution of higher education in the United States.

Colleges Hoped for An in-person Fall. Now the Dream is Crumbling.
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Several prominent campuses announced reversals of prior fall reopening plans as Covid-19 case counts surge across the country.
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What’s Next for Remote Learning?
Inside Higher Ed
Colleges spent millions of dollars facilitating the pivot from face-to-face to remote instruction last spring. Administrators who oversee online learning don’t want that investment to go to waste.
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UT Researcher: ‘I’m optimistic’ we’ll have one or more vaccines by the end of the year.’
Houston Chronicle
UT-Austin bioscience researcher Jason McClellan’s lab mapped the molecular arrangement based on the virus's genome. Now his model is being used in vaccines going into large-scale trials.
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For First-generation Students, a Disappearing ‘college experience’ Could Have Grave Consequences
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Mariela Guadarrama was ecstatic to finish her first semester last fall at the University of Houston. But just days after spring break ended, Guadarrama’s classes transitioned online as the coronavirus pandemic began rapidly spreading in the United States.
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UT-Austin Preparing to Let Football Fans Fill Half its Stadium When Games Resume Sept. 5
The Texas Tribune
A university official said seating at the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium will be reduced to 50% to facilitate social distancing, meaning around 50,000 Longhorns could potentially be seated in stands this fall.
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Football Season or No, A&M Needs Donor Dollars
Houston Chronicle
MLB’s early results, along with the scheduled starts of NFL training camps this month, might help determine the immediate future of A&M’s most prominent sport.
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Teaching Contact Tracing
Inside Higher
Universities offer free courses for the public to learn the basics of contact tracing. Hundreds of thousands of people have signed up.
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University of St. Thomas Selects Former Swiss Guard as New Business School Dean
Houston Business Journal
Mario Enzler, a former Swiss Guard, investment banker and a current academic, is the new dean at the Cameron School of Business at the University of St. Thomas in Houston.
 
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UT-Austin Faces a Third Lawsuit Claiming that White Students Were Unfairly Denied Admission Under Affirmative Action
The Texas Tribune
Previous attempts to overturn UT-Austin's admissions policies have proven unsuccessful, including a 2018 lawsuit by the same group that was dropped earlier this month and a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court case that sided with the university.
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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 Interim President Dr. Antonio D. Tillis. Annually, UHD educates more than 14,000 students; boasts more than 51,000 alumni and offers 44 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).

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. 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.