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Higher Education Headlines: April 20


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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Texas Universities are Getting Millions in Federal Money to Offset Coronavirus Losses. It Won’t Be Enough, Officials Say.  Texas Tribune
Texas officials closed down campuses in early March and are losing millions of dollars as they pay students back for housing, parking and other unused services. [Free Subscription Required] 

Education Dept. Trying to Stop Student Loan Garnishments  Inside Higher Ed  
Responding to complaints by congressional Democrats that some student loan borrowers who are late on their payments are having their wages garnished. [Free Subscription Required] 

Texas A&M Scholars Urged U.S. to Prepare for An Impending Pandemic Years Ago  Houston Chronicle  
For three TAMU pandemic scholars, the COVID-19 pandemic and the country’s ill-prepared response wasn’t a surprise. In fact, they predicted it and warned U.S. officials years ago.  [Subscription Required] 

Financial Aid Appeals are Mysterious. This Tool was Built to Simplify Them.  The Chronicle of Higher Education  
Any student peering at a screen full of jargon and financial figures might wonder how to even go about asking a college to reconsider its offer. A new online tool called SwiftStudent was designed to help them do that. [Free Subscription Required] 

It’s Time for Radical Reorganization  The Chronicle of Higher Education 
Crises spur intense competition among colleges. There’s a better way. [Free Subscription Required] 

Broken Ladder: Higher Ed’s Role in Social Mobility  The Chronicle of Higher Education  
Higher education is supposed to be a pathway to the middle class, but too often low-income students don’t make it to college, or fail to graduate. [Free Subscription Required] 

Major Cost Cutting Begins in Response to COVID-19, with Faculty and Staff Furloughs and Pay Cuts  The Chronicle of Higher Education 
The long-term economic impact of the pandemic is uncertain. But colleges are taking steps now to offset deep revenue losses.
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‘A very small world’: How Data on Student Enrollment Could Help Colleges Stop Coronavirus’s Spread  The Chronicle of Higher Education  Such a small-world community is great for spreading ideas, but it’s also, in some ways, great for spreading a contagious disease.
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How College Leaders are Planning for The Fall  The Chronicle of Higher Education 
Their pivot online salvaged the spring semester. Now they must ready for a near future defined by unknowns. [Free Subscription Required] 

The Discipline That is Transforming Higher Ed  The Chronicle of Higher Education  
The computer-science boom is straining colleges. But it could save some, too.  [Free Subscription Required] 

The Asterisk Semester Inside Higher Ed  
Many institutions are going pass/fail or making new grading schemes. How will prospective grad students, med students and community college transfers be affected? [Free Subscription Required] 

Rice Professor Earns Guggenheim Fellowship Houston Chronicle  
Lacy Johnson, an assistant professor of English at Rice University, was announced as one of 175 recipients for a 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship. [Subscription Required] 

How Will the Pandemic Change Higher Education? The Chronicle of Higher Education
Professors, administrators, and staff on what the coronavirus will leave in its wake.  [Free Subscription Required] 

How Economic Collapse and a World War Transformed Higher Ed – And Why Things will be Different This Time The Chronicle of Higher Education
The era following World War II led to a great expansion of American higher education … But in the decade before the war, colleges had to pass through the Great Depression. [Free Subscription Required]   

After Coronavirus, Colleges Worry: Will Students Come Back?  The New York Times  
The pandemic has already cost universities millions of dollars. As they consider the possibility of remote classes into the fall, they’re worried about losing students, too. [Free Subscription Required] 

UT-Austin Cutting Summer Tuition  Texas Tribune  
The University of Texas at Austin will add 25 courses this summer and reduce summer tuition for undergraduate students to 50% of the rate for fall and spring semesters. [Free Subscription Required] 

Baylor University Announces Up to $80 million in Budget Cuts in Wake of Coronavirus Epidemic  Texas Tribune  The private school, anticipating a drop in enrollment next school year, is one of the first major Texas colleges to announce budget cuts due to the public health and economic crises. [Free Subscription 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.