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Higher Education Headlines: July 8

By Sheryl E. Taylor

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Google and the University of Chicago are Sued Over Data Sharing—Houston Business Journal
|The lawsuit demonstrates the difficulties technology companies face in handling health data as they forge ahead into one of the most promising—and potentially lucrative—areas of artificial intelligence: diagnosing medical problems. [Subscription may be required.]

Technical College to Expand Houston Campus Nearly 40 Percent—Houston Business Journal
MIAT College of Technology is expanding the size of its Houston campus in Prologis Park North along Interstate 45 by nearly 40 percent. [Subscription may be required.]

What Happens When Women Run Colleges?—The Chronicle of Higher Education
Democratic, communal, inclusive. That may be the future of college leadership.

Campuses Are Short on Mental-Health Counselors. But They’ve Got Plenty of Antidepressants.—The Chronicle of Higher Education
Two students had recently died by suicide, and the president, Eli Capilouto, encouraged anyone processing grief to make use of the university’s mental-health resources.

‘Pass the Harasser’ Is Higher Ed’s Worst-Kept Secret. How Can Colleges Stop Doing It?—The Chronicle of Higher Education
A professor or administrator commits sexual harassment, resigns quietly, and gets a new job at a different institution. This phenomenon, known as “pass the harasser,” is common in academe, and it’s come under increasing scrutiny during the #MeToo movement.

Supreme Court to Review DACA Program Protecting Young Undocumented Immigrants—The Texas Tribune
The Supreme Court would likely render its verdict during the 2020 presidential election year.

How 3 Experts Say Colleges Can Prepare Students for 21st-Century Careers—The Chronicle of Higher Education
College and business leaders often refer to a “skills gap” — a shortage of qualified candidates to fill open jobs — or debate whether such a gap exists.


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.