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Higher Education Headlines: July 22


By Sheryl E. Taylor

College Prep Program for Low-income Students Expands in Houston—Houston Chronicle
Their grades and SAT scores could earn them spots and scholarships at some of the nation’s most prestigious universities. Many of the highest performing students in the Aldine and Klein independent school districts, however, opt to attend nearby Lone Star College instead. That soon could change.

Knowing How to Study Can Mean the Difference Between Success and Failure for First-generation Students. Here’s how instructors can help. —The Chronicle of Higher Education
Instructors should teach study skills to their students, rather than leaving that up to academic advisers or tutors. Not only are first-gen students less likely to seek out help, she says, they might not even know that they’re doing anything wrong.

With Increased State Funding, Lamar State Colleges will Cut Tuition by a Quarter—The Texas Tribune
The Legislature gave a $17.3 million funding boost to the two-year colleges, which are part of the Texas State University System.

At least 62 Colleges were Exploited by a Software Vulnerability. Here’s What You Need to Know.—The Chronicle of Higher Education
The software program, Banner, operated by Ellucian used widely among higher-education institutions has a severe vulnerability that could allow users to gain access to student records.

As the Cost of a Four-Year Degree Soars, Community Colleges Reap More Big Gifts—The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Big gifts to community colleges have grown sharply over the past decade, rising from a single donation of only $2.5 million in 2009 to contributions totaling $53.1 million last year, according to a Chronicle analysis of gifts of $1 million or more.

East Texas University May Restrict When Children Can Be on Campus. Some Employees Say It May Hurt Working Parents—The Texas Tribune
Policies restricting children’s presence in the workplace are common, the introduction of one at Stephen F. Austin State University has been met with months-long resistance from some faculty members.

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.