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Higher Education Headlines: April 22


By Sheryl E. Taylor

Here are The Best Public Universities Your kid Can Get Into, Besides UT and A&M— Houston Chronicle
A new report from Niche ranks the 2019 top public universities in America. While UT and A&M took the top spots on the national ranking, several other Texas schools were considered some of the best in the nation and also deserve some praise.

“We Always Dream Big”; Another Public University Blows Past a Bold Fundraising Goal UH System Capital Campaign Profiled—Inside Philanthropy
To see this higher ed fundraising boom play out in real time, let’s turn our attention to Texas.

Student-Debt Crisis Hits Hardest at Black Colleges –The Wall Street Journal
Historically black colleges and universities helped lift generations of African-Americans to economic security. Now, attendance has become a financial drag on many of their young graduates, members of a new generation hit particularly hard by the student-debt crisis.

College Probe Now Looks at Students—The Wall Street Journal
Federal prosecutors have sent letters to some college students or graduates whose parents have been implicated in the nationwide admissions bribery and fraud scandal, informing them that they may also be targets in the probe, according to a person familiar with the matter.

UH Selling Ed Oliver Bobble Heads and Oliver Will Get to Keep the Money—Houston Chronicle
The University of Houston will sell 108 special edition Ed Oliver bobbleheads prior to the football program's Friday Night Lights events Friday at TDECU Stadium, and the former Cougars star will directly benefit.

Low-Income Students Told Brown University that Textbook Prices Limited Their Choices.Here’s What the University is Doing About It.—The Chronicle of Higher Education
Brown started a pilot program this year to buy required textbooks for some low-income students.

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.