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Higher Education Headlines: Jan. 28


By Sheryl E.Taylor

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In Texas, University Regents Are Less Diverse Than Their Schools—The Texas Tribune
The demographic shifts that have swept more women and minorities onto Texas’ college campuses have yet to be fully reflected on the boards that govern higher education institutions in the state.

World-Class UT Basketball Arena Will Host Longhorns, Benefit Austin Community—UT News
The University of Texas at Austin will build an arena on campus that will be home to men’s and women’s basketball games, graduations, concerts and other events. It is expected to be opened in 2021.

Lone Star College Plans Incremental Tuition Hikes Over Five-Year Period—Houston Chronicle
The system’s planned policy is to raise tuition fees incrementally over the next five years, beginning with a $5 per credit hour increase this coming year.

Texas Higher Education Official Says Colleges Need More Funding From The State—Houston Chronicle
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recommended a 6.6 percent increase for its 2020-21 FY budget in order to fund public higher education institutions throughout Texas, but the 86th Texas Legislature has so far only committed to a portion of that.

More Parents Are Putting Limits On College Help—Houston Chronicle
More parents say their kids should help pay for their own educations, with 59 percent saying college costs should be a shared responsibility compared to 51 percent in 2016. 

Community College Buys Land For New $28.9 Million Magnolia Center—The Houston Business Journal
Lone Star College announced it bought land for its new Magnolia campus, which is set to open by the fall 2021 semester. 

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.