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Higher Education Headlines: May 28


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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Mini-Murals Make Big Impression Across Houston—Houston Chronicle
UHD alumna Elia Quiles (B.B.A., Computer Information Systems) featured in article
Rex and Isabella Quiles play a game when they’re in the car running errands with their parents. The 8- and 10-year-old siblings challenge one another to see who can spot the most Mini Murals.

The College Scorecard Just Got Bigger. Here Are Four Factoids From The New Data.—The Chronicle of Higher Education
In March, President Trump signed an executive order directing the U.S. Department of Education to expand the data underlying the College Scorecard, the department’s consumer-information tool.

Billionaire Robert Smith Pushes Plan to Boost Minority Students’ Access to Internships—Chronicle of Philanthropy 
The billionaire has even bigger goals to help African-American students, including a plan to help thousands nationwide get that first crucial work experience that can open the door to a meaningful career.

Editorial: Charity Won’t Solve Student Debt—The New York Times
 A new generation of plutocrats has amassed great fortunes, in part because the federal government has minimized the burden of taxation. Americans once again are reduced to applauding acts of philanthropy necessitated by failures of policy.

How can employers help students prepare for their careers? Six answers from a top corporate leader. — The Chronicle of Higher Education

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.