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]
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 Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz. Annually, UHD educates more than 14,000 students; boasts more than 51,000 alumni and offers 44 bachelor’s and eight master’s degree programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service, Sciences & Technology; and University College).
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. 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.