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Higher Education Headlines: March 30


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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James Beard-nominated Restaurateur Hopes to Encourage Growing Own Food with New Grocery Store (UHD former Students Jonathan and Chana Rhodes Featured) Houston Business Journal 
Jonny Rhodes may be best known for his smash hit restaurant Indigo, but it’s his new grocery store, Broham Fine Soul Food & Groceries. 
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How to Help Struggling Students Succeed Online — The Chronicle of Higher Education 
As instructors across the country move to remote teaching, many are worried about students who are already at a disadvantage. How can professors support them during this challenging time? [Subscription Required]

If the Coronavirus Collapses State Budgets, What will Happen to Public Colleges?  The Chronicle of Higher Education  
Across the country, leaders of regional public universities told The Chronicle that they’re bracing for cuts in their next year’s state appropriations, although the situation also remains remarkably uncertain. [Subscription Required]

5 Lessons From Campuses that Closed After Natural Disasters —The Chronicle of Higher Education  
When the Iowa River overflowed its banks 12 years ago, inundating the campus of the University of Iowa, Donald Guckert, associate vice president for facilities management, learned some important lessons in adapting to climate change. [Subscription Required]

How the Coronavirus Tests Higher Ed’s Disciplinary Faults — The Chronicle of Higher Education 
How can universities be better structured to respond to sprawling global catastrophes like the coronavirus? How can they embrace and teach resilience? [Subscription Required]

Early Graduation Could Send Medical Students to Virus Front Lines  The New York Times 
Hundreds of fourth-year students at universities in Boston and New York could start caring for patients months ahead of schedule. 
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The Great Recession was Bad for Higher Education. Coronavirus Could Be Worse. The Chronicle of Higher Education  
There is no doubt we are in one of the most turbulent and challenging times in American, and world, history. The coronavirus is dramatically changing everything. [Subscription Required]

As the Coronavirus Hit, Most Universities Sent Students Home. Liberty University is Welcoming Them Back. The Chronicle of Higher Education  
As colleges nationwide have urged students and faculty members to stay home after spring break, Liberty University, in Virginia, is welcoming thousands of students to return to their residence halls and to meet face to face with faculty members. [Subscription Required]

Houston Law School’s Hurricane Harvey Preparation Led to Quick Coronavirus Response Houston Chronicle 
While many colleges were still in decision mode or preparing for their next steps in response to coronavirus, South Texas College of Law Houston already had a plan. [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.