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Higher Education Headlines: May 11


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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Colleges Scramble to Administer Emergency Aid—Inside Higher Ed
The coronavirus pandemic has left thousands of students in need of financial assistance. The race to meet that need has been slowed by red tape and insufficient funding.

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Its Eyes On The Fall, One Campus is Conducting a Public-health Dry Run. Here’s What That Looks Like—The Chronicle of Higher Education
The University of California at San Diego released one of the most detailed and ambitious plans yet made public for bringing students back to campus. [Free Subscription Required]

Graduating In A Recession Can Have Some Silver Linings, Those Who Did Say
The Wall Street Journal
Some who set up their own businesses after the ’08 crash say crisis is a good teacher. ‘I had to grow up a little bit faster...because there was no train track I was on.’
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UT Students Speak Out About New Title IX Rules—Houston Chronicle
DeVos’ changes to Title IX, a 1972 law barring discrimination based on sex within education, has changed the way colleges are required to investigate sexual misconduct while bolstering the rights of those accused. [Subscription Required]

Texas A&M Is Looking at Saturday, Late Night Classes to Reduce Class Sizes and Comply With Social Distancing—The Texas Tribune
Chancellor John Sharp offered some ideas about what the fall semester could look like, but the system won’t have a finalized reopening strategy until at least the end of May.
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Steep Decline in FAFSA Renewals—Inside Higher Ed
Almost 250,000 fewer returning students from the lowest-income backgrounds have renewed their FAFSA for the 2020-21 cycle; and FAFSA renewals were down nearly 5 percent overall (4.7 percent) compared to last year—a decline of more than 350,000 students.
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University of St. Thomas to Expand Free Tuition—Houston Chronicle
The University of St. Thomas in Houston is expanding its free tuition offer for the fall semester, covering tuition for the first 300 students who enroll in its new associate’s degree programs and the first 100 who enroll in its new nursing master’s programs. [Subscription Required]

Texas A&M Researchers Hope Tuberculosis Vaccine Might Prevent coronavirus Deaths—The Texas Tribune
Health care workers are being recruited for trials to test whether a decades-old TB vaccine might help people fight off the coronavirus. It's not a cure, but it could be a crucial treatment. [Free Subscription Required]

Will The Coronavirus End The SAT?—The Chronicle of Higher Education
The current crisis could — hopefully — be the tipping point in a test-optional landslide.
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Three Ideas to Reduce Educational Disparities Post-pandemic
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Notes from the (virtual) road.
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How an Academic Hospital Landed on Life Support—The Chronicle of Higher Education
The University of Toledo Medical Center announced that its molecular-diagnostics laboratory, which detects and monitors infectious disease, was providing faster testing for the virus — producing results in 48 hours or less.  [Free Subscription Required]

Public Higher Ed Funding Still Has Not Recovered From 2008 Recession
Inside Higher Ed
Latest state higher education finance report provides a 2019 baseline as higher education braces for a recession.
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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.