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Higher Education Headlines: Nov. 18


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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Is College Worth It? A Study Measures Return on Investment—With Some Surprising Results—Houston Chronicle
Researchers at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce tried to answer that question using newly released federal data to try to calculate return on investment for thousands of colleges across the country. [Subscription Required.]

SMU Receives Largest Gift In Its History with $100M Commitment from Galveston Foundation—Houston Business Journal
The commitment is the largest gift in SMU’s 104-year-history. [Subscription Required.]

A Real Remedy for Dreamers Would Have to Come from Congress, Not the Supreme Court—Houston Chronicle
In an ideal world, the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program—and, by extension, the roughly 700,000 people enrolled in it—wouldn’t be up to the Supreme Court. [Subscription Required.]

Houston Universities Rank No. 1 for Entrepreneurship Studies—Houston Chronicle
Houston is the best city for studying entrepreneurship in 2020 per a report released by the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. [Subscription Required.]

Sneak Peek: Future UT Basketball Arena Gets $130M Gift from Galveston Foundation, Renamed—Houston Business Journal
The University of Texas at Austin received one of the largest donation ever for a college arena in the United States. Get a sneak peek inside the new arena. [Subscription Required.]

Trump’s Decision to End DACA Faces Supreme Court Scrutiny; UHD alumna Diana Platas (B.S., Political Science, 2018) Featured in Article—Houston Chronicle
Diana Platas feels like everything in her life is at stake, riding on a politically charged debate about to play out more than 1,200 miles away. [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.