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Higher Education Headlines: Sept. 17


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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HBU Receives $10M Gift From Longtime Stewart Title Exec—The Houston Business Journal
Houston Baptist University will put the gift toward constructing a classroom building modeled after Independence Hall in Philadelphia and establishing The Morris Family Center for Law & Liberty, formerly The Center for Law & Liberty.

Opinion: DACA’s end was delayed, but Houston’s Dreamers remain at risk—Houston Chronicle
Note: Opinion author is UHD Student Linett Isela Lopez

In 2012, I was 29, had an associate’s degree in teaching and dreamed of working with disadvantaged elementary school students.

Actuarial Science, Zoology Top List of Most Valuable U.S. College Majors—The Houston Business Journal
Despite having the highest average income among a list of 162 college majors, a degree in petroleum engineering ranked as the 18th most valuable major in the U.S.

Sculptor in East Texas Puts Finishing Touches on a Judge Roy Hofheinz Statue Coming to UH—Houston Chronicle
When the brand-new Fertitta Center opens later this year on the University of Houston campus a familiar face will be standing watch nearby.

Opinion: It Takes a Village to Raise a First Generation College Grad—Houston Chronicle
Being a first-generation college student is hard. You are building the bridge for your younger siblings as you walk over it.

UT-Austin, A&M, SMU Rise; Rice and Baylor Slip in U. S. News Rankings—The Texas Tribune
There were few surprises for Texas schools in the 2019 rankings from U.S. News — a controversial but influential compilation of how higher education institutions in the country compare.

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.