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Higher Education Headlines: Feb. 10


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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UH Partners with Houston Food Bank to Open ‘Cougar Cupboard,’ A Free Market for All Students—Houston Chronicle
University of Houston has opened a new food market called the "Cougar Cupboard" that will offer all students up to 30 pounds of free groceries a week.

Coronavirus is Prompting Alarm on American Campuses. Anti-Asian Discrimination could do More Harm.—The Chronicle of Higher Education
Despite the rising number of documented coronavirus cases, the risk of an outbreak on American campuses remains low. But another phenomenon has accompanied the panic over the virus — real and perceived discrimination against Asian American students.

Related: University of Texas’ Poorest Incoming Freshmen to Receive $20K, Laptops and More Starting This Fall—The Texas Tribune
The Dell Foundation's $100 million gift to the University of Texas is a 10-year commitment to provide funds and services to Pell Grant recipients.

When the Candidates Come to Campus—The Chronicle of Higher Education
Campuses are political spaces. For proof, look to the Democratic primaries for the 2020 presidential election. At universities, candidates have rallied undergraduates, debated policy, and taken selfies, aiming to break through in a crowded field.

Commentary: How Companies Kill Higher Education’s Promise of Social Equity—The Chronicle of Higher Education
Technology companies and other top employers are a big part of the social-equity challenge. Too often, employers create closed loops of opportunity for select elite colleges and their graduates while foreclosing opportunities for other, more diverse students attending more broadly accessible colleges.

The Industry Connecting Students to Real-World Challenges is Growing—The Chronicle of Higher Education
It’s not about pandering to the fad of relevancy. It’s a recognition of reality — a reality that involves not just students’ needs but also a growing movement of alternative credentials coming from outside the academy that have their own currency in the market. 

M.B.A. Programs Rush to Add STEM Degrees—The Wall Street Journal
Business schools are racing to add concentrations in science, technology, engineering and math to their M.B.A. programs as they try to broaden their appeal to prospective students overseas who want to work in the U.S. (Subscription Access Only)

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.