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
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.