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Higher Education Headlines: Oct. 15


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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Higher Ed, Inc.—The Chronicle of Higher Education
Universities have been transformed to run like corporations, top-down and hierarchical, relying on impersonal bureaucracies rather than collegial debate to make decisions.

University of Michigan Raises $5 Billion with Three Months Left in Campaign—The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Over all, the campaign has attracted more than 382,000 donors, 94 percent of whom have given less than $5,000, according to the university. 

Leader of Texas Tech System Board Resigns as Chairman; Permanent Chancellor Tapped—The Texas Tribune
Tedd Mitchell, president of the system's Health Sciences Center and its interim chancellor, was also named sole finalist for the permanent position.

Do Universities Value Public Engagement? Not Much, Their Policies Suggest—The Chronicle of Higher Education
A new study of the language used by more than 100 colleges in their tenure-and-promotion criteria shows little evidence that such scholarship is valued in a way that advances faculty careers.

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.