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Higher Education Headlines: June 1


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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Does Anthony Fauci Think Colleges Should reopen? We Asked Him.
The Chronicle of Higher Education

I don’t think it’s going to be one size fits all.
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Community Colleges Trying to Help Students Who Are Losing Jobs, Child Care
Texas Tribune

For Texas community college students, the pandemic upended delicate balances of work, family and financial survival. Schools are tapping into emergency funds and trying to connect students with needed services.  [Free Subscription Required]

The New Communication Plan? Overcommunication.
The Chronicle of Higher Education

In the midst of a pandemic, there's no such thing as too much transparency.
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In Valuing Colleges, Tops in Prestige Doesn’t Always Mean Tops in Starting Salaries — The Wall Street Journal
New research suggests that choosing the right program can matter more than the reputation of the school. 
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UH President and Top Three Earners in Athletics Department Take Temporary Pay Cuts — Houston Chronicle
The salary cuts for the three athletic positions will save the university nearly $360,000. [Subscription Required]

Texas A&M University Names $550 Million TMC Campus in Houston
Houston Business Journal

The 5-acre campus is at the intersection of Holcombe Boulevard and Main Street, adjacent to Houston's Texas Medical Center, will be called Texas A&M Innovation Plaza.
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UT-Austin Will Resume Classes This Fall – But Students Won’t Return After Thanksgiving — Texas Tribune
After the November holiday, students will not return to campus in an effort to avoid spreading the coronavirus.

“It’s a Bizarre Time to Be Job Searching”: College Graduates Looking for First Jobs Face Catastrophic Conditions — Texas Tribune
As 2020 college graduates prepare to enter the workforce, they are having to contend with a historic economic recession. Experts say those who do get jobs in the recession may accept lower wages and salaries than they’d have otherwise settled for.

Here’s What College Leaders Said in Their COVID-19 Call With The White House
The Chronicle of Higher Education

College presidents want to open their campuses in the fall, but they’re aware that lawsuits could follow no matter their course of action, a group of university leaders told the White House.[Free Subscription Required]

AP Tests During COVID-19: Heartbreak, Technical Glitches and Anonymous Intrigue — The Chronicle of Higher Education
The year was 2020, and the world was upside down. Very upside down, indeed. A pandemic had closed all the schools in the land, and students had to take Advanced Placement exams online. Yes, online, where much could go wrong.[Free Subscription Required]

The Online Risk — Inside Higher Education
Thirty-three percent of high school seniors say they would defer or cancel an admittance rather than attend an all-online college. Plus results from other surveys of students and parents. [Free Subscription Required]

Rice Business Plan Competition Goes Virtual — Houston Chronicle
The coronavirus lockdown caused the cancellation of the Rice Business Plan Competition in March, but the fabled event that has student startups vying for big money has been reborn as a virtual contest. [Subscription Required]

Golden State Blockbuster: University of California Will Replace ACT and SAT With New Test – Or None At All — The Chronicle of Higher Education
The University of California’s Board of Regents unanimously approved a plan to suspend its ACT/SAT requirement for admission until 2024.
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Why One Former College Leader Thinks College Rankings Should Stop During The Pandemic — The Chronicle of Higher Education
The coronavirus has underscored inequities in American society, including among college students. Now, in the next phase of the pandemic, new inequities are poised to arise, this time among both who gets into college, and among who completes their degrees.
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CDC Issues New Guidance to Colleges — Inside Higher Education
Colleges will be looking to the CDC as many prepare to welcome back students, 19.9 million of whom were enrolled at U.S. colleges last fall. [Free Subscription Required]

How College Students Viewed This Spring’s Remote Learning — Inside Higher Education
A professor's in-depth survey of students before and after courses went virtual offers insights into how colleges can improve. The key elements: a thoughtful mix of flexibility and structure.
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Universities to Their Alumni Networks: Give Our Grads Jobs — The Wall Street Journal
With the coronavirus racking the job market, some colleges are working overtime to find paid positions for the class of 2020.
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UH Business School to Increase Flexibility as MBA Numbers Grow
Houston Business Journal

The school expects up to 50% more graduate students this fall. [Subscription Required]


About the University of Houston-Downtown

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.