Higher Education Headlines: March 16
By Sheryl E. Taylor
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Texas Medical Center Employs Germ-killing Robots to Fight Coronavirus — Houston Chronicle
As the coronavirus continues to spread around the world and in the Houston area, the owner of a new hotel in the Texas Medical Center has purchased two germ-fighting cleaning robots from a San Antonio-based company. [Subscription required.]
Coronavirus Prompts Texas Universities to Extend Spring Break, Move Classes Online —The Texas Tribune
More than a dozen Texas schools are extending spring break and moving to online classes, at least temporarily. Some universities said they will cancel in-person instruction for the rest of the semester.
Opinion: Colleges Going Online Because of Coronavirus Puts Students at Risk — Houston Chronicle
As coronavirus spreads across the United States, institutions of higher education are facing some tough choices. [Subscription required.]
Coronavirus and The Great Online-learning Experiment—The Chronicle of Higher Education
Let’s determine what our students actually learn online.
Why Coronavirus Looks Like a ‘Black Swan’ Moment for Higher Education —The Chronicle of Higher EducationColleges by the dozen are canceling in-person classes and scrambling to create remote-teaching alternatives. Is it crazy to think that a new virus could be more of a catalyst for online education and other ed-tech tools than decades of punditry and self-serving corporate exhortations?
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.