Higher Education Headlines: Aug. 19
By Sheryl E. Taylor
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Hines Pledges Financial Gift to UH Architectural Professorship—Houston Chronicle
Hines, the Houston-based real estate development and investment firm, has pledged $500,000 to an existing University of Houston professorship that will lead a new innovation lab at the architecture school.
Houston Colleges Win $2.7 Million for Minority STEM Opportunities—Houston Chronicle
Rice University, University of Houston, and Texas Southern University have been collectively awarded a $2.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation in order to increase opportunities for underrepresented minorities pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
TSU Hands Ogg More Evidence that DA’s Office is Overworked, Understaffed—Houston Chronicle
Months after Harris County commissioners rebuffed the district attorney’s $21 million plea for a few dozen more lawyers, a new Texas Southern University report found that the county is just over 100 prosecutors short.
University of St. Thomas Announces Plans for A ‘Renewal’—Houston Chronicle
University of St. Thomas President Richard Ludwick announced the university will be undergoing a “renewal,” which will invite the university community to review and assist with restructuring the Houston Catholic college.
Texas A&M to OK $130M Complex for Army War Tech Hub—Houston Chronicle
Texas A&M University helped showcase new robotic combat vehicles for the Army Futures Command, an Austin-based post aimed at modernizing the U.S. Army. The pending approval of $80 million from the university's board of regents will allow the university to build a space for the Army Futures Command at RELLIS.
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.