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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) 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.