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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 Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz. Annually, UHD educates more than 14,000 students; boasts over 50,000 alumni and offers 44 bachelor’s and eight master’s degree programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service, Sciences & Technology; and University College). In 2018, UHD grew its First Time in College student population by 11 percent and transfer students by 14 percent.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston. It also is ranked among 15 U.S. universities with lowest net price to students (according to the U.S. Department of Education). The University is noted nationally as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Minority-Serving Institution. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.