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Higher Education Headlines: May 4


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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Texas Colleges Plan Virtual Celebrations In Lieu of Postponed Spring Commencements—Houston Chronicle
Texas colleges are getting creative as they plan virtual celebrations and other digital accommodations for spring graduations in lieu of in-person commencements during the COVID-19 pandemic. [Subscription Required]

Texas A&M Pandemic Expert: We Should Expect a ‘Dangerous New Spike’ in Coronavirus Cases—Houston Chronicle
Dr. Gerald Parker is the director of biosecurity and pandemic policy at Texas A&M’s Bush School, and associate director of Global One Health outlined what he believed will be the five stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. [Subscription Required]

How to Get Emergency Coronavirus Aid at One University: Sign Up for Summer School—The Chronicle of Higher Education
Eastern Michigan University appears to be distributing Cares Act student-relief funds to summer-school students in the form of tuition credit, a move that may violate the spirit, if not the letter, of the coronavirus-stimulus law. [Free Subscription Required]

What Prospective Students Think About The Fall—The Chronicle of Higher Education
Their enrollment decisions and ability to pay have been upended. Their preference for being on campus, however, remains intact.
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Colleges are Urged to Reassess Admissions Policies Because of ‘Extraordinary Hardships’ That COVID-19 Poses—The Chronicle of Higher Education
The National Association for College Admission Counseling, or NACAC, urged institutions to do in a forceful written statement.
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U.S. Probes University of Texas Links to Chinese Lab Scrutinized Over Coronavirus—The Wall Street Journal
The Education Department has asked the UT System to provide documentation of its dealings with the Chinese laboratory U.S. officials are investigating as a potential source of the coronavirus pandemic. [Free Subscription Required]

How The Coronavirus Might – Or Might Not – Slow Research Universities’ Ambitions—The Chronicle of Higher Education
The coronavirus’s financial toll may jeopardize colleges’ longstanding campaigns to bolster research, expand operations, and grow national prestige. [Free Subscription Required]

“This Ain’t The Time to Follow Rules”: Texas A&M Wants to Run Human Coronavirus Tests in Its Animal Labs—Texas Tribune
A&M officials say they have the largest public lab capacity in the state, but the federal government won't let them use it for humans.
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‘Alt-Ed’ Ventures Could Gain Traction in The Fall—The Chronicle of Higher Education
The 2020 fall semester is still a giant question mark just about everywhere, but one thing is certain: As survey after survey shows, students are challenging the idea of paying full price for a less-than-full experience, even if it’s discounted by scholar. [Free Subscription Required]

As The Trump Administration Offers Relief, Pandemic-Stricken Colleges Ponder The Risks of Taking It—The Chronicle of Higher EducationThere was something of a cheer from the White House last week when several selective colleges announced they would decline federal dollars meant to help students and colleges weather the fiscal crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. [Free Subscription Required]

What One College President Learned About Remote Teaching by Becoming A Student—The Chronicle of Higher Education
To stay connected, some college presidents teach a class. David Wilson decided instead to enroll in a couple of them.
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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.