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Higher Education Headlines: Oct. 7


By Sheryl E. Taylor

Where Did All The Students Go?—The Chronicle of Higher Education
Five views on the great enrollment crash.

Texas A&M University System to Ban Vaping Across All Its Campuses—The Texas Tribune
"This health threat is serious enough that I want to see the ban include every building, outside space, parking lot, garage and laboratory within the Texas A&M System," says Chancellor John Sharp.

Why Parents will Give Up Everything to Pay for Their Kids’ College—The Chronicle of Higher Education
Can the family afford college for its children?

George P. Bush Was on The Road to Flunking Out of Rice. His Grandmother Helped Him Turn Things Around.—The Texas Tribune
Texas Republican George P. Bush has declared 2019 the “Year of Education” at the General Land Office, and he’s using that banner to travel around the state to stress how important it is to hit the books.

70 University of Texas Students Face Discipline for Group Message About Exam—Houston Chronicle
UT students are facing either automatic failing grades or expulsion for being members of a group message board where information about an upcoming test was posted.  [Subscription may be required.]

“Welcome to the Wild West”: The competition for College Students Just Intensified—The Chronicle of Higher Education
They did it despite their reservations. They did it because they saw no other choice. Under pressure from the Justice Department, admissions officers and college counselors voted to delete portions of their ethics code.

UH to Kick Off Another Renovation Project—Houston Business Journal
The University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work is undergoing a $3.9 million renovation. [Subscription may be required.]

Texas State Dramatically Under-reported the Number of Sexual Assaults on Campus in 2016 and 2017—The Texas Tribune
On the school’s website, the university previously said there had been eight rapes in the two-year span. In fact, there were 38, and a separate case of statutory rape.

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.