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Higher Education Headlines: July 13

By Sheryl E. Taylor

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Opinion: Cancel University of Houston Football This Fall to Keep Players Safe From Pandemic
Houston Chronicle
Twenty years ago, in his influential book “The Tipping Point,” the journalist Malcolm Gladwell suggested that medical epidemics help explain what he called “social epidemics.”

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Georgia Backs Down. Masks Will Be Mandatory at Its Colleges This Fall
The Chronicle of Higher Education
In an abrupt reversal, the state will now require face coverings to be worn at its 26 public colleges and universities.
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Colleges Brace for Sharp Drop in Foreign Students, Especially From China
The Wall Street Journal
New guidance from ICE could prove to be a hurdle for students; ‘If I can get a visa, I would definitely go’
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International Students Banned From Online-only Instruction
Inside Higher Ed
The new Department of Homeland Security rule prohibits international students from returning to or remaining in the United States if their colleges adopt an online-only instruction model for the fall.

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Can Higher Education Help Fix America’s Policing Problem?
The Chronicle of Higher Education
In the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing, some colleges consider whether they have a bigger role to play in educating police officers.

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Texas Universities are Moving More Classes Online But Keeping Tuition The Same. Students Are Asking If It’s Worth The Money.
The Texas Tribune
Universities are moving forward with reopening plans for the fall semester, anxious to bring students back. But faced with online classes and an altered campus, students are questioning if college is still worth what they're paying.

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Ed Emmett Takes on Additional Full-time Role at Rice University’s Center for Energy Studies
Houston Business Journal
It's the third role that former Harris County Judge Ed Emmett is juggling.
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Texas Tech Tests The Waters for Fall Semester by Bringing 350 Students to Campus for Summer Classes
The Texas Tribune
The 30 summer classes mark the first time in-person instruction has been offered at Texas Tech since the university closed its doors in the spring. Reopening gives campus leaders a look at what a large-scale collegiate return could look like this fall.
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UT Announces New Measures to Combat Sexual Misconduct on Campus
Houston Chronicle
The flagship campus will centralize how such claims are investigated, processed and judged; enhance the delivery of support and resources for those affected by such behavior; and increase the duties and resources for the university’s Title IX coordinator
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Colleges Scramble to Respond to New U.S. Policy on International Students
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology sued the Trump administration to stop a new policy that would block international students from coming to or remaining in the United States if their courses are taught entirely online.
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One University Asked Students for Social-Distancing Ideas. Here’s What They Proposed
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Student buy-in is crucial for social-distancing policies to work, experts say. So the University of Michigan opened the floor for a campuswide innovation challenge.

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The Millions in Paycheck-Protection Dollars Went to Colleges On The Brink of Closing
The Chronicle of Higher Education
A federal loan program was meant to keep businesses and workers afloat during the pandemic. Some colleges are using the money as they prepare to shutter their campuses.
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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 Interim President Dr. Antonio D. Tillis. Annually, UHD educates more than 14,000 students; boasts more than 51,000 alumni and offers 44 bachelor’s and eight master’s degree programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service, Sciences & Technology; and University College).

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. 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.