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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) 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.