Higher Education Headlines: Jan. 6
By Sheryl E. Taylor
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Rice Names First African American Provost—Houston Chronicle
Reginald DesRoches, the highest-ranking African American in Rice history, called his new position “quite significant” — even historical — for a campus that did not accept its first black undergraduate student until 1965.
How Long Must Students Work to Go to College?—The Chronicle of Higher Education
As the cost of attending college has soared and wages have stagnated, students have found it increasingly difficult to pay for their education by working during the academic year, the summer, or both.
Houston-area Community College to Build New League City Campus—Houston Business Journal
The College of the Mainland, a public, two-year community college in Texas City, is opening a new League City facility.
Seniors Want to Go Back to Class. Universities Want to Sell Them Real Estate.—The Wall Street Journal
Number of baby boomers entering retirement is expected to row for several years, while the number of college-bound high school grads is projected to decline. (Subscription Access Only)
Nestled in a Poor Dallas Neighborhood, Paul Quinn College Aims to be a National Model for Overcoming Poverty—The Texas Tribune
A historically black college that was once on the brink of closure is combining work requirements and academics in hopes of discovering new solutions to poverty.
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.