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Higher Education Headlines: Aug. 26


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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UH Launches $17 Million Program for Former Foster Youth—Houston Chronicle
The program covers full tuition and fees and provides housing to students who were formerly in foster care. [Subscription may be required.]

University of Houston Approves Millions of Dollars for New Law Center—Houston Business Journal
The University of Houston Law Center is getting a makeover. On Aug. 22, UH’s board of regents approved $78 million to replace the Law Center’s 50-year-old building. [Subscription may be required.]

Opinion: Student-led Coalition to Rice: Be a Better Neighbor as You and Your Partners Develop The Ion—Houston Chronicle
The area, centered around the Sears building, is being proposed for redevelopment as part of an "innovation corridor" stretching from downtown through the medical center. [Subscription may be required.]

Women-only STEM Programs Target the Gender Gap. Now the Education Dept. is Investigating —The Chronicle of Higher Education
Women have long been underrepresented across science, technology, engineering, and math majors, leading colleges to start hundreds of programs — scholarships, summer camps, and societies — to draw them in. [Subscription may be required.]

New Law Makes It Easier for College Students to Avoid Taking Classes That Won’t Transfer—The Texas Tribune
The bill mandates required reporting from colleges and universities about courses that don't transfer, and aims to help students save time and money.

UH Receives $50 Million Gift From Anonymous Donor—Houston Chronicle
The University of Houston has accepted its newest challenge — and its largest donation ever. [Subscription may be required.]

Rice Investigating Racist Fliers That Were Posted on Campus—Houston Chronicle
The postings seem to be the same ones posted at several Seattle synagogues and churches and likely have ties to a neo-Nazi organization. [Subscription may be required.]

TSU’s Law School First Female Dean Makes History—Houston Chronicle
Joan R.M. Bullock named new dean of TSU’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law. [Subscription may be required.]

Historic Rise of College-Educated Women in Labor Force Changes Workplace—The Wall Street Journal
This year is shaping up to be the first year that women make up the majority of the college-educated labor force, a milestone that is already altering benefits packages offered by companies and one that could influence family sizes in the future. [Subscription may be required.]

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.