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Higher Education Headlines: Oct. 21


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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University of St. Thomas to display Jesus in Augmented Reality Come December—Houston Chronicle
The University is taking its on-campus experience to a new level with an “augmented reality Jesus” experience that will allow visitors during the coming holiday season to view real-life nativity scenes near its chapel by opening a cell phone app.

Elizabeth Warren’s #MeToo Experience at UH—Houston Chronicle
Before she became a presidential candidate, Elizabeth Warren was a law professor at the University of Houston — and the target of sexual harassment, according to a new report. [Subscription may be required.]

Academics Raise Concerns About Report Finding Harris County DA Overburdened, Understaffed—Houston Chronicle
More than two dozen academics and legal scholars this week released a letter criticizing a recent Texas Southern University data analysis they say relied on a methodology littered with “fatal flaws” to conclude the Harris County District Attorney’s Office is short more than 100 lawyers.

‘Buc-cee’s Stadium at Kyle Field’? No Way, Says Aggie’s AD—Houston Chronicle
Texas A&M Athletic Director Ross Bjork chuckled at the suggested name high in the sky in maroon lights, spawned from a reporter’s question more loaded than a gussied-up gas station burrito: “Buc-ee’s Stadium at Kyle Field.” [Subscription may be required.]

The Witnesses: Inside the Detention Centers that Shocked America, a Professor and Her Peers Documented the Truth. Their Assigned Roles Quickly Unraveled.—The Chronicle of Higher Education
In Texas, a cohort of scholars were there to document, but the desperation they witnessed hit parts of them that lay deeper than their academic personas. It would force them to decide: Should they act?

Most Expensive Colleges in Texas—The Houston Business Journal
Rice University has one of the most expensive total costs among colleges in Texas — but that's not the whole story for Rice, which often is ranked among the best values in the country. [Subscription may be 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.