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Higher Education Headlines: June 22


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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13 University of Texas Football Players Test Positive for Coronavirus
The Texas Tribune

Across the state, other universities have also reported student athletes testing positive for COVID-19 as workouts for sports have resumed.
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U.S. News Will Rank Test-Blind Colleges
Inside Higher Education
In the past, such institutions were unranked. The magazine won't say how it will rank them.
Test-blind colleges do not accept the SAT or ACT in the admissions process, even if scores are submitted.
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The Great Reopening Debate
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Professors, administrators, students, and staff on the most consequential question facing the sector. 
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Texas Universities are Shelving SAT and ACT Requirements as Coronavirus Scrambles Admissions Process
The Texas Tribune
Some schools are temporarily waiving test requirements. Others already had doubts about how well standardized tests predict student performance and the pandemic has them rethinking their admissions approach.

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Supreme Court Blocks Trump’s Move to End DACA
Houston Chronicle
More than 100,000 Texans were given a long-awaited, if temporary, reprieve as the Supreme Court blocked President Donald Trump’s move to end protections for some immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, whose fates have been in limbo for nearly three years.[Subscription Required]

Duarte: As COVID-19 Cases Emerge, UH Leadership Remains Silent
Houston Chronicle
University of Houston president Renu Khator and vice president for intercollegiate athletics Chris Pezman, seen here in happier times, have yet to speak publicly since the school shut down voluntary workouts after six student-athletes tested positive for COVID-19.
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Texas A&M Announces More Online Offerings, Classroom Capacity Caps and Daily Cleaning Schedules for Fall Return
The Texas Tribune

Texas A&M University announced Tuesday that half of fall its classes will taught exclusively online.

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Higher Education and Work Amid Crisis
Inside Higher Ed
The pandemic has accelerated and worsened equity gaps in higher education and its connection to work, according to new data, which may also show paths to improving this connection.
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Texas A&M Study: Face Masks Critical in Preventing Spread of COVID-19
Texas A&M Today
Researchers estimate that the measure prevented more than 66,000 infections in New York City in less than a month.

Texas A&M System Approves $100 million Scholarship Fund to Address ‘Diversity Issues’
The Texas Tribune
Chancellor John Sharp said the goal is for the demographics of the system's students to reflect the demographics of Texas.
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UH Med School’s Inaugural Class Selected
Houston Chronicle
Houston native Maya Fontenot learned about the inequities of health care as a kid, accompanying her Louisiana relatives to county hospital appointments.

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Targeting a Statue at Texas A&M and a School Song at UT, Texas College Students are Pushing for a Reckoning on Race
The Texas Tribune
Major higher education institutions across Texas have largely condemned racial injustice in the past few weeks, but students are protesting what they view as symbols of racism at their schools.

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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 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.