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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) – 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.