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Higher Education Headlines: March 9


By Sheryl E. Taylor

Novel Coronavirus Prompts Rice University to Cancel In-Person Classes for a Week —Houston Chronicle
A working group formed by the university's crisis management team and faculty senate is preparing for the possibility of classes needing to being taught remotely through a longer time period. [Subscription Required.]

A&M Study: The Future of Texas Depends on Climate Preparedness—The Texas Tribune
A study by five Aggie scientists indicates Texas should prepare for more extreme weather in the coming years — though it offers some glimmers of hope.

No Place to Hide: Colleges Track Students, Everywhere—The Wall Street Journal
Students use tech to follow students online, on the quad and in the football stadium. [Subscription Required.]

One University’s Leadership Crisis Started in Admissions. An Investigation Found Alleged Bribery and Thousands of Dollars Stashed Under a Calendar.—The Chronicle of Higher Education
The scandal appeared to touch off Texas Southern University’s recent leadership crisis — culminating in a vacated presidency, protests against the board, and accreditor questions.

Six at UH Under Coronavirus ‘self-quarantine’ After Traveling Abroad—Houston Chronicle
Six students and faculty members at the University of Houston are self-quarantined after returning from trips to South Korea and Italy — a precautionary measure amid the spreading coronavirus outbreak, the university announced. [Subscription Required.]

Enrollment Headaches From the Coronavirus are Many. They Won’t Be Relieved Soon.—The Chronicle of Higher Education
For American colleges at the height of the admissions season, the outbreak of the contagious respiratory illness is forcing them to work on parallel tracks. On one, it’s business as usual. On the other, they are planning for contingencies, including the possibility that Covid-19could prevent large groups of international students from enrolling next fall.

Who Holds America’s $1.5 Trillion Student-Loan Debt?—The Chronicle of Higher Education
Unraveling the complexity of America’s student-loan debt.

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.