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Higher Education Headlines: June 17


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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UHD Named as One of the '20 Best Online Programs for Adults Going Back To School—Houston Chronicle
According to a new study by OnlineColleges, UHD ranked seventh in the nation as one of the “20 Best Online Colleges for Adults Going Back to School.”

Texas Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Ed to Meet at UHD—Diverse Isssues In Higher Education
UHD will host the first meeting in nearly five years for the newly revived Texas Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (TADOHE).

2019 Largest Houston-area MBA Programs (UHD Ranks #1)—The Houston Business Journal
Programs ranked by total, local MBA program enrollment as of spring 2019.

Online Education: An Overlooked Lever of Education Policy—The Chronicle of Higher Education
In eight states the number of residents enrolled in an out-of-state online program exceeds the number enrolled online in-state. 

More Student Debt Relief for Employees: A Proposed Change in the Tax Laws Could Give Companies Greater Incentive to Offer Assistance to its Workers—The Wall Street Journal
Only a small percentage of companies help their employees with student-loan payments, despite it being a sought-after perk. But that could change dramatically if a proposed tweak to the tax code gains momentum in Congress.

Colleges Find a Low-cost Marketing Tool: Social Media Influencers—The Chronicle of Higher Education
College looks a lot cooler when idyllic shots of a campus are complemented by subwoofed pop music.

Graduation Rates are Rising, But is That Because Standards are Slipping?—The Chronicle of Higher Education
Since 1990, college students have been working more hours and studying fewer, arriving less academically prepared, and saddled with higher tuition and fees. So why have graduation rates been rising?


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.