Higher Education Headlines: Dec. 17
By Sheryl E. Taylor
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Lone Star College System to Appeal Findings that It Owes $14 Million in Federal Funds—Houston Chronicle
During a program review of the college, the Department of Education found that more than 6,000 students received Pell Grants, Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants and federal loans over a four-year period, which made up about 2 percent of the almost $663 million awarded from 2012 to 2016.
University of Missouri Enters World of Competitive Gaming—Houston Chronicle
The University of Missouri is taking video gaming to the next level. The school recently became a member of the National Association of Collegiate Esports, which is the largest college-level competitive gaming scene in the country.
Got $5 million? Yale Will Manage It, but You Won’t Get It Back—Bloomberg.com
In this charitable giving season, elite universities are cashing in on the popularity of donor-advised funds by inviting big givers to have their money managed by the same high-powered investors who oversee their endowments.
In Talks with Elsevier, UCLA Reaches for a Novel Bargaining Chip: Its Faculty—The Chronicle of Higher EducationAt the U. of California at Los Angeles, administrators have encouraged professors to effectively boycott the publishing giant as the university system negotiates a new contract for access to the company’s journals.
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 Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz. Annually, UHD educates more than 14,000 students; boasts over 50,000 alumni and offers 44 bachelor’s and eight master’s degree programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service, Sciences & Technology; and University College). In 2018, UHD grew its First Time in College student population by 11 percent and transfer students by 14 percent.
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston. It also is ranked among 15 U.S. universities with lowest net price to students (according to the U.S. Department of Education). The University is noted nationally as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Minority-Serving Institution. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.