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Higher Education Headlines: April 27


By Sheryl E. Taylor

Texas Colleges Cut Budgets in Response to Economic Impact of COVID-19 — Houston Chronicle
Note: UHD will receive $9.4 million under the CARES Act Aid for Higher Education, with $4.7 million going to grants for students
Texas higher education institutions have been awarded more than $1 billion through the CARES Act  [Subscription Required]

How to Recognize the Warning Signs of a Death Spiral – and How Colleges Can Avoid One — The Chronicle of Higher Education
The pressures facing colleges in recent years were already bad. [Free Subscription Required]

Colleges Have Been Waiting for Guidance on How They Can Send Stimulus Money to Students. Here It Is. — The Chronicle of Higher Education
Over the past few weeks, college administrators have been grappling with how to distribute coronavirus stimulus money to their students. They got some clarity — as well as some new complications. [Free Subscription Required]

Coronavirus in Texas: UT to Decide in June Whether to Have In-person Classes This Fall Texas Tribune
University of Texas at Austin President Greg Fenves and interim President Designate Jay Hartzell said in an email to the campus community that a decision for the fall semester will be made by the end of June.

Desperate for Fall enrollees, Colleges are Luring Students with Campus Perks and Cold Cash — Houston Chronicle
Free classes! Free parking! Prime dorm rooms! More cash! [Subscription Required]

Could Coronavirus Antibody Tests Really Help Colleges Reopen in the Fall? — The Chronicle of Higher Education
The University of Arizona is, like many other colleges across the country, telling families that it’s doing everything possible to safely welcome students back to campus in the fall. [Free Subscription Required]

Giving Cash to The Neediest Becomes Newly Popular with Wealthy Donors and Foundations —The Chronicle of Higher Education Foundations and major donors who have spent years drawing up strategies to improve society are finding that the quickest, most effective way to help people during the pandemic may be to simply refill their wallets. [Free Subscription Required]

At Huston-Tillotson University, A Stepping Stone From Poverty Just Got Steeper — Texas Tribune
The historically black school in Austin moved online as coronavirus shut down college campuses. The loss of community is difficult for a school with a hands-on tradition of boosting students, many poor and first in their families to attend college.

Facing Backlash, Harvard will Allocate 100 Percent of CARES Act Fund to Student Financial Assistance — Harvard Crimson
After receiving backlash for the nearly $9 million in funding it netted under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, Harvard will allocate the sum to student financial assistance. [Free Subscription Required]

How Colleges that Serve More Part-time Students Ended Up with Less Coronavirus-related Aid —The Chronicle of Higher Education
Amarillo College and Brown University are very different institutions. The two institutions now have one thing in common: Both are receiving about $4.8 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. [Free Subscription Required]

Colleges are Handing Out Billions in Coronavirus Stimulus to Students. Can They Do It Fairly? — The Chronicle of Higher Education
By law, those first funds must go to direct aid for students who may have lost jobs, gotten sick, or needed to buy remote-learning technology as a result of the pandemic. Those goals may be hard to meet. [Free Subscription Required]

College Groups: Hold Off On Debt Cancellation — Inside Higher Ed
College groups tell congressional leaders to hold off on canceling student debt, saying immediate needs of student loan borrowers are a higher priority. [Free Subscription Required]

Student SNAP Waivers Denied — Inside Higher Ed
Federal food assistance requires too much of college students, advocates say. States requested waivers for these requirements during the pandemic  and were denied. [Free Subscription Required]

Under COVID-19, University Budgets Like We’ve Never Seen Before — The Chronicle of Higher Education
Unprecedented times require unprecedented strategies and actions. [Free Subscription Required]

The Big Question for Colleges: Will There Be a Fall Semester On Campus? — The Wall Street Journal
Colleges across the country are trying to decide whether they can reopen campus for the fall, and how long they can put off a final decision. Schools are mapping out different scenarios, depending on the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic in the fall. [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.