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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) – the second-largest university in Houston – 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 more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.