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Higher Education Headlines: May 20


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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Texas Colleges Have Some of the Best Online Programs in the Country—Houston Chronicle
Universities around the country offer courses online in hopes of giving students an alternative way of learning that fits in with their learning style, busy schedules and finances—and according to Guide to Online Schools, Texas has some of the best online programs. (Subscription may be required.)

UH System Develops Plan for TB Prevention, Examines Admissions—Houston Chronicle
University of Houston System announced that it will work on new preventative measures and policies to protect its students from tuberculosis. (Subscription may be required.)

Prairie View A&M Breaks Ground on New On-Campus Housing—Houston Chronicle
When Maduforo Eze arrived at Prairie View A&M University in 2014, there were no complaints about finding a place to live, he said. But as the university began to grow, so did students’ quests for on-campus housing(Subscription may be required.)

A Commencement Speaker Pledges to Pay Off an Entire Class’s Student Loans—The Chronicle of Higher Education
After receiving an honorary doctorate during Morehouse College’s commencement exercises, billionaire philanthropist Robert F. Smith made a stunning pledge. 

University of Texas is Sued Over Affirmative Action in Admissions. Yes, Again. The Chronicle of Higher Education
Students for Fair Admissions, an anti-affirmative action group, on Thursday sued the University of Texas at Austin, alleging that its consideration of race in admissions violates the Texas Constitution.

Inside The Glass: Adele Corrigan
UHD alumna Adele Corrigan (B.A., Communications Studies, 2009) featured—Houston Press

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and 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 approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.