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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) – 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.