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Higher Education Headlines: May 13


By Sheryl E. Taylor


ESPN Brings National esports Championship to Houston, a ‘Hotbed' for Gaming—Houston Chronicle
Note: UHD opened the city’s first college esports center in November
ESPN brought its inaugural Collegiate Esports Championship finals to Houston last week with more than 100 student gamers from 20 colleges around the country competing against each other in popular video games like “Overwatch” and “Hearthstone” for scholarships.

Opinion: Rice University Expert: Surge Flooding Greatest Threat to Economic Security—Houston Chronicle
Surge flooding poses the greatest threat to Houston's economic security, according to a new research paper by Jim Blackburn, an environmental lawyer and professor of civil engineering at Rice University. And he's calling for quick action to address the risk.

Canceling Student Debt Has a Life-Changing Effect on Borrowers—Raises Their Income by An Average of $4,000—MarketWatch
Cancelling student loans frees up borrowers to make decisions that can improve their financial lives. When roughly 10,000 borrowers had their private student loans cancelled, they were more likely than similar borrowers to move, change jobs or return to school.

Baylor Receives $100 Million from Anonymous Donor—Houston Chronicle
The gift adds to the private Baptist University’s $1.1 billion Give Light campaign—the largest gift in its history to fund scholarships, faculty positions and other initiatives.

San Jacinto College Takes Step to Open Aerospace Training Center at Houston Spaceport—Houston Chronicle
San Jacinto College is taking steps to open an aerospace workforce training center at the Houston Spaceport, providing a talent pipeline that could help attract companies to Houston.

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.