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Higher Education Headlines: August 3


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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Two Houston Universities Rank in Top 50 Colleges that will Pay Off the Most in 2020
Houston Chronicle
According to CNBC Make It, a smaller branch of CNBC dedicated to money and finance, both the University of Houston and Rice University rank in the top 50 schools that will pay off the most in 2020.

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UT-Austin is Considering Only Filling its Stadium to 25% Capacity When Football Resumes Sept. 5
The Texas Tribune
University of Texas at Austin officials are now considering kicking off the football season with a stadium filled to 25% capacity, interim President Jay Hartzell said.

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Trump Administration will Reject DACA Applications While it Reviews Program
The Chronicle of Higher Education
It will consider renewals on a case-by-case basis but limit them to one year instead of two while it conducts a legal review of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.
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The Bad Science of Reporting: Many Campuses’ Testing Policies Fall Short
The Chronicle of Higher Education
College means closeness for students on campus, however clear the social-distancing guidelines may be.
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More than 6,300 Coronavirus Cases have been Linked to U.S. Colleges
The New York Times
A New York Times survey of every public four-year college in the country, as well as every private institution that competes in Division I sports or is a member of an elite group of research universities, revealed at least 6,600 cases tied to about 270 colleges.
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COVID-19 Prompted Purdue to Shut Its MBA program. More Closures are Expected.
The Wall Street Journal
The coronavirus pandemic appears to be accelerating fallout; business schools ‘outside of the top 20 or 30 will struggle to keep afloat’[Subscription Required]

What Equity and Student Support Mean at Colleges That Have Been At It for Generations
The Chronicle of Higher Education
At a time when the nation is in the throes of both a movement for racial justice and a raging pandemic that is disproportionately affecting people of color, what can leaders across higher education learn from minority-serving institutions.
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National Science Foundation Gives $1 million grant to Rice, Other Universities Nationwide
Houston Business Journal
Rice itself will receive $710,277. The project by the research team will cover the lack of teachers in K-12 and in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. The NSF encourages STEM majors and professionals to teach.
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Senate Republicans Propose $29 Billion for Higher EdInside Higher Ed
Senate Republicans in their opening bid for negotiations with Democrats over the next coronavirus aid package proposed giving colleges and universities an additional $29 billion in aid, which is a figure American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten called “woefully in adequate.
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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.