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Higher Education Headlines Aug. 20


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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Rice University Students to Be Featured in Competitive Reality TV Series—Houston Chronicle
A team of Rice University students will be participating in a nationwide invention contest against 11 other college teams for "Make48."

Doubts Aside, Sam Houston Pushes for A New Medical School—The Texas Tribune
The university says the school will give the state more rural doctors. Critics say it's unnecessary and too expensive. 

UT-Austin to Help Uber with Its ‘Flying Car’ Concept—Houston Chronicle
Researchers at UT Austin will help develop new rotor technology for Uber's proposed aviation ride-share network, called uberAIR.

UT Regents Approve $175 Million Upgrade to Longhorns’ Football Stadium—The Texas Tribune
The project, funded without tuition or taxpayer dollars, will add exclusive suites, clubs, new coaches' offices, loge boxes and seating to the south end zone of the Royal-Memorial football stadium.

‘Innovation Room’ showcases new technology at Lone Star College—Houston Chronicle
Using innovative technology, one college campus has found a way to make reading a more than 100-year-old novel new again.

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.