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Higher Education Headlines: Nov. 11


By Sheryl E. Taylor

UH Launches Think Tank on Gender, Sexuality—Houston Chronicle
The University of Houston has launched The Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality, which will generate research and dialogue around topics related to gender and sexuality, including workforce, health, family and relationships, leadership and equity within the Houston region. [Subscription may be required.]

Florida State Bought Out its Football Coach’s Contract for $22 Million. How Else Could It Have Used that Money?—The Chronicle of Higher Education
The university could have covered the annual operating budget of its engineering college and still had $7.5 million left over for raises or scholarships.

A University Wanted to Improve Its Culture. So It Called Disney.—The Chronicle of Higher Education
George Washington University paid the Disney Institute, a consulting arm of the Walt Disney Company, to administer a climate survey to faculty and staff. The results shed light on what the institute called a major disconnect between managers and their employees, a lack of transparency, and a “debilitating fear” of making a decision or a mistake.

How UH Students are Helping Third Ward Entrepreneurs—Houston Chronicle
Entrepreneurs knows no stereotype. [Subscription may be required.]

More Texans Fail to Make a Dent in Student Loans Within Five Years of Repayment—Houston Chronicle
A quarter of Texans who took out student loans defaulted within five years of starting to make payments, according to Pew Research. More than half had not made any dent on their original balance after the time frame and a fifth owed more than when they began.
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U.S. Dept. of Education Reviewing Texas State University’s Compliance With a Federal Crime Reporting Statute—The Texas Tribune
The move comes after the university acknowledged it under-reported the number of rapes and other crimes on campus in recent years. Texas State's president told students that the school is cooperating with the federal agency and has already made reforms.

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.