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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) 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.