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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?


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.