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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.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

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 President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. 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.