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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) 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.