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Higher Education Headlines: Feb. 17


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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UH Medical School Granted Accreditation, Will Start in July—Houston Chronicle
The University of Houston has won accreditation for its planned medical college, clearing the way for a summer opening of the city’s first new school devoted to the training of doctors in nearly half a century.

‘They’re leaving low-income students in the lurch’: Public Colleges have Doubled Down on Merit Aid, Report Says.—The Chronicle of Higher Education
Over the last two decades, public colleges have sharply increased the amount of merit aid they’ve offered — a strategy that comes at the expense of low-income and working-class students, a new study finds.

Therapy for the Snapchat Generation: As Counseling Centers Try to Meet Overwhelming Semand, Telecounseling Makes Inroads—The Chronicle of Higher Education
Eight years ago, according to an annual survey conducted by the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors, teletherapy was almost nonexistent on campuses.

When the Culture War Comes to Class: How a Course on Sexuality at Texas State Became a Battleground in America’s Partisan Divide—The Chronicle of Higher Education
Kelly Stone was about 10 minutes into the first day of teaching her "Sexuality Across the Lifespan" course at Texas State University when a student raised her hand to ask a question: “Are you Christian?”

When Banks Pay for College Students to Learn About Money—The Chronicle of Higher Education
“The formula for college success today only has two elements,” said Paul F. Goebel, director of North Texas’ Student Money Management Center: “Grades and money.” Goebel sees it as his mission to keep students from dropping out because of the latter.

Transfer Offers From Another College? It’s Not the Apocalypse—The Chronicle of Higher Education
Those who can poach always have.

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.