Higher Education Headlines: Jan. 22
By Sheryl E. Taylor
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UNC Chancellor Steps Down and Orders The Removal of Silent Sam’s Remains—The Chronicle of Higher Education
Folt said it was “the right time” for her to leave, and added that she had directed the removal of the remnants of the university’s Silent Sam statue, a Confederate monument that has sparked unrest at the flagship for more than a century.
Qatar Offers Harvey Scholarships at HCC—Houston Chronicle
Houston Community College students who were forced to stop taking classes or were otherwise impacted by Hurricane Harvey may be eligible for additional scholarships after the State of Qatar presented the HCC Foundation with a $300,000 check.
For Three Texas Universities, Firing Their Football Coaches Could Cost Almost $7 Million Combined—The Texas Tribune
At two of the three schools, Texas State University and the University of Houston, the football programs spent more money than they earned last fiscal year, requiring other university funds to cover the difference.
Texas State Steps Into Future of Engineering Education With $120M Ingram Hall—Austin Business Journal
Texas State University christened the largest academic building in its history—a new hub for the university's science and engineering programs that clocks in at more than 166,000 square feet.
John Engler Will Resign as Michigan State’s Interim President—The Chronicle of Higher Education
Board members condemned Engler’s suggestion to The Detroit News that sexual-abuse survivors are “enjoying” the “spotlight.” The comment sparked renewed calls for the board to fire him.
Student Debt May Have Prevented 400,000 Young Adults From Buying Homes—Market Watch
The increase in student debt among young adults between 2005 and 2014 accounted for a 2 percentage point decline in the homeownership rate of young adults, according to the Journal of Labor Economics by economists at the Federal Reserve.
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.