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Higher Education Headlines: Oct. 28


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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Rice Launches New Center for African American Studies—Houston Chronicle
The center, launched Oct. 16 will provide be a hub for conversations on race, racism, the various histories and identities of the diaspora, and the “complexity" of Africa’s past, present and future.

Maryland’s Giant Global Campus is Restructuring. And Professors Were Asked to ‘Recompete’ for Jobs.—The Chronicle of Higher Education
108 people learned that their existing contracts with the Undergraduate and Graduate Schools would be terminated because the schools will no longer exist next year, after the realignment is completed.

Students Say They Don’t Trust Campus Title IX Processes. And They Doubt Their Own Reports Would be Taken Seriously—The Chronicle of Higher Education
When the results of a survey of 180,000 students were published, a troubling statistic was circulated: Despite years of efforts to stop sexual assault on campuses, more than one in four undergraduate women experience a form of nonconsensual sexual contact while they’re in college, according to the survey, conducted by the Association of American Universities.

At 69, She’s Still Paying off $12K of Student Loan Debt – Including Out of Her Social Security Checks.It Isn’t Just a Millennial Problem.—The Texas Tribune
Like death and taxes, Lynda Sue Costley may be facing another certainty in life: her student loans. She’s not alone.

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.