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Higher Education Headlines: Sept. 16


By Sheryl E. Taylor

The Bribery Scandal Revealed Holes in Admissions Oversight. Now Some Professors Take Back That Role.—The Chronicle of Higher Education
At two of the universities involved, faculty members are exploring whether they should take on a greater role.

UT-Austin Completes Review After College Admissions Scandal—Houston Chronicle
The University of Texas at Austin has completed its investigation into students who may have been fraudulently admitted to the college in the national admissions and bribery scandal and found just one instance of bribery. [Subscription may be required.]

St. Thomas to Pilot Prep School Internship Program—Houston Chronicle
The University of St. Thomas has teamed up with Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston to launch a pilot internship program to provide work experience to students with limited resources and a chance to reduce their college tuition. [Subscription may be required.]

The Partisan Split Over Higher Ed? Maybe It’s Really About Who Should Pay For It.—The Chronicle of Higher Education
And in recent years, research has typically supported that hypothesis, painting a portrait of growing distrust of higher education — particularly among those on the right.

UH Student Finds New Compound in Apollo 17 Lunar Dust Samples—Houston Chronicle
Monica Martinez paged through a book detailing the mineralogy of the moon last year, her confusion growing as she flipped back and forth through the sulfides section. [Subscription may be required.]

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.