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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 Interim President Dr. Antonio D. Tillis. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 51,000 alumni and offers 44 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).

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. 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.