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Higher Education Headlines: Nov. 19


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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UT-San Antonio Investigates after Students say Lecturer Called Police on Black Classmate—The Chronicle of Higher EducationThe university’s Office of Equal Opportunity Services is investigating possible discrimination, President Taylor to the campus. 

Texas State Students Were Likely A Key Factor in Flipping Hays County to Democrats—The Texas TribuneBeto O'Rourke surged to a 15-point edge over Ted Cruz in Hays County during last week's election, even though the Central Texas county hadn't voted for a Democrat at the top of the ticket since 1992.

As a Deadline Nears, Struggle Between George P. Bush and State Board of Education Isn’t Letting Up—The Texas Tribune
Bush presides over the School Land Board, which has feuded with the State Board of Education over the disbursement of hundreds of millions of dollars from Texas' education endowment.

Blue Cross, Texas A&M to Boost Rural Health Care; Joint Venture to Aid at-Risk Hospitals; Access to Doctors—Houston Chronicle
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, the state's largest insurer, announced a $10 million commitment to take on the challenge in an unusual partnership with Texas A&M University Health Science Center, which has been on the forefront of rural health issues.

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.