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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) – 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.