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Higher Education Headlines: November 2

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By Sheryl E. Taylor

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Rice University to Build New Student Center
The Houston Business Journal
Adjaye Associates' preliminary design for Rice University's new student center is a three-story, 80,000-square-foot structure that incorporates the functions of the Rice Memorial Center and adds a multicultural center and a rooftop auditorium.

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The College Degree is Dividing America
The Chronicle of Higher Education
With a passing phrase during a speech in the 2016 Republican presidential primary, Donald Trump seemed to open a wide, new chasm among the American electorate.

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What does a college student look like? Stock Images From the Quad are Getting an Update
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Movies, television shows, and photographs flood our eyeballs with images of college students, shaping our understanding of whom higher education serves. The more folks we see who look like us, the more we might believe that we, too, belong in college.
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UH System Closes Fundraising Campaign With $1.2 Billion
Houston Chronicle
The fundraising campaign “Here, We Go,” established in 2012 and publicly launched in 2017, had more than 187,000 donors and surpassed the $1 billion goal in February 2019, 18 months ahead of schedule. Donors came from 50 states and 46 countries, with 48 percent of contributions from individuals.
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UH Plans to Improve Campus, Nearby Area Ahead of Centennial
The Houston Business Journal
UH will conduct a feasibility study on the project. A centennial master plan committee was formed in May to make the campus generally more walkable and collaborative, with more trees, shaded walkways and gated entrances. 
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In Another Blow to Student Equity, Transfers to Two-year Colleges Plunge
Houston Chronicle
Community colleges that were counting on an influx of transfer students seeking an economical education closer to home faced a sobering surprise this fall, according to a report.
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Transfer Enrollment Declines
Inside Higher Ed
The bad news from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center about college enrollments continues.
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Black Workers and The University
Inside Higher Ed
Black workers at universities are among the most vulnerable people on campuses. But they often are left out of conversations about racial justice.
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College Students are Weary of ‘Zoom U’. But They’re Trying to Make the Best of It.
The Washington Post
The coronavirus pandemic, which rocked colleges in March, is threatening to extend these extraordinary restrictions on face-to-face classes into next spring. Results so far suggest the enforced distance could take an increasingly steep toll on students who yearn for personal connections and are fatigued with the videoconferencing routine some mock as “Zoom U.”
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Colleges Slash Budgets in the Pandemic, With ‘Nothing Off Limits’
The New York Times
Liberal arts departments, graduate student aid and even tenured teaching positions are targets as the coronavirus causes shortfalls.

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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 Interim President Dr. Antonio D. Tillis. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 51,000 alumni and offers 44 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).

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. 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.