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Higher Education Headlines: March 11


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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University of St. Thomas to Offer Flat-rate Tuition, New degrees This Fall—Houston Chronicle
University of St. Thomas in Houston will offer students flat-rate tuition in an effort to make college more accessible and help accelerate undergraduate students’ careers, according to university President Richard Ludwick. [Subscription May Be Required]

Why Thousands of College Grads Start Their Careers at A Rental Car Company—Chronicle of Higher Education
The more common post college destination, though, looks a lot more like working at Enterprise. And according to Enterprise, college does matter, a lot.

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson Chosen Next President of UT-El Paso—The Texas Tribune
Heather Wilson, the 24th secretary of the Air Force, will be the next president of the University of Texas at El Paso.

A College Chain Crumbles, and Millions in Student Loan Cash Disappears—The New York Times
When the Education Department approved a proposal by Dream Center, a Christian nonprofit with no experience in higher education, to buy a troubled chain of for-profit colleges, skeptics warned that the charity was unlikely to pull off the turnaround it promised.


China Hackers Target Colleges for Maritime Military Secrets—The Wall Street Journal
More than two dozen universities in the U.S. and around the globe have been targeted as part of an elaborate scheme to steal research about maritime technology being developed for military use, cybersecurity experts and current and former U.S. officials said.

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.