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) – 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.