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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) – 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.