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Higher Education Headlines: July 29


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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TSU Selected As Site for September Democratic Primary Debate—Houston Chronicle
Texas Southern University will host the third Democratic primary debate, scheduled for Sept. 12 and 13.

Rice University-led Ion Innovation District Breaks Ground—Houston Chronicle
The Ion innovation district, located in the former Midtown Sears, celebrated its official groundbreaking, with officials and local students placing a heavy emphasis on diversity and inclusion.

UC Berkeley Removed From U.S. News College Rankings for Misreporting Statistics—Forbes.com
U.S. News & World Report released a statement titled “Updates to 5 Schools' 2019 Best Colleges Rankings Data” announcing that five schools had been removed from the 2019 edition of the US News Best Colleges rankings, most notably UC Berkeley.

Rice University Says It Has a Cheaper Plan to Guard Houston from Hurricanes—The Texas Tribune
A government plan to guard the Houston-Galveston region from deadly storm surge could cost as much as $20 billion and isn't expected to become reality for at least 15 years. Rice University says it has a plan that could be completed faster for a fraction of the cost.

LSU Just Unveiled a $28 Million Football Facility. The Flood-Damaged Library Is Still ‘Decrepit’—The Chronicle of Higher Education
LSU has a $700-million backlog in deferred maintenance, and on the campus’s academic side, “threadbare buildings” aren’t uncommon, infrastructure is “run-down,” and funding for renovations has “sort of maxed out.”

UT Austin Creates Method for Banks to ‘Know When to Fold ‘Em’—Houston ChronicleA study from the UT McCombs School of Business might help. It analyzed delinquent credit card user behaviors and developed a predictive model for sorting them into categories based on whether they are more or less likely to pay back their overdue debt.

Knight Foundation Commits Nearly $50 Million to Study Impact of Technology On Democracy—The Chronicle of Philanthropy
A total of 11 American universities and research institutions will receive $38.7 million in funding, which includes the creation of five centers of study understand how technology is changing the political landscape ahead of the 2020 presidential elections and beyond.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and 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 approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.