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Higher Education Headlines: Feb. 11


By Sheryl E. Taylor


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Student Debt at 65: Older Americans are Being Crushed by A Mountain of Student Loans—Their Children’s and Their Own—The Wall Street JournalOne generation of Americans owed $86 billion in student loan debt at last count. Its members are all 60 years old or more.

Rise in Dual-Enrollment Courses May Help Community Colleges, But Minority Students? Not As Much.—The Chronicle of Higher EducationMore than a third of all high-school students take courses for college credit while in high school, but minority and first-generation students are far less likely to get the benefit of this head start.

UH Courts Oil and Gas for Work on Carbon Management—Houston Chronicle

The University of Houston recently launched its Center for Carbon Management in Energy that will connect faculty, scientists, students and the oil and gas industry to develop a strategy for a low-carbon future for the energy industry.

Baylor’s President: Sexual-Assault Scandal ‘will always be a part of who we are’—The Chronicle of Higher Education

Throughout the 20 months that Linda Livingstone has been president of Baylor University, she’s had an overarching goal: move the institution forward from an infamous sexual-assault scandal.

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.