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Higher Education Headlines: Dec. 13


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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HCC will move to new campus next to UH Katy—Covering Katy News
The Houston Community College System Board of Trustees has approved a plan to purchase 24 acres of land near the University of Houston Katy campus that is currently under construction at the northeast corner of I-10 and the Grand Parkway.

Bots are online-MBA essential—The Wall Street Journal
As business schools struggle to lure young professionals out of a hot U.S. job market, more are promoting online M.B.A.s with a twist: They are promising the convenience of a virtual degree, but with the social-networking benefits of a traditional one.

UH, Humana launch Humana Integrated Health Systems Sciences Institute—The Houston Business Journal [subscription only]
In September, Humana announced that it would donate $15 million to the university over 10 years to unite the UH College of Medicine and the existing colleges of nursing, pharmacy, social work and optometry.

In Texas’ universities football suites, booze, catering and politicians of all stripes—The Texas Tribune
In this time of divisive rhetoric and bitter partisanship, there is still a place where Texas officials of all political stripes can come together.

No jail time for ex-Baylor student accused of sex assault—Houston Chronicle
The plea bargain that enabled a former Baylor University fraternity president to stay out of jail is another failure by the legal system.

Education Dept. to erase debts of teachers, fix troubled grant program—NPR
The Education Department is releasing a plan Sunday to help these teachers who have been wrongly hit with debts, sometimes totaling tens of thousands of dollars, because of a troubled federal grant program.


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.