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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) 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.