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Higher Education Headlines: Oct. 8


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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The Best Texas Colleges for Each Degree, From Music to Engineering—Houston Chronicle
Having second thoughts about what to study in college is a widespread feeling that's more frequent than one might expect.

A University Comes Undone—The Chronicle of Higher Education
How scandal and corruption brought down a college sports powerhouse.

It’s Been Two Years Since Scandal Erupted at Baylor. Yet the Allegations Continue.—The Chronicle of Higher Education
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the NCAA has notified Baylor U. that it will be charged with a “lack of institutional control” over athletics, the most serious violation a college can commit.

Career-Ready Education Needs Colleges and Businesses Working Together—The Chronicle of Higher Education
Business can be a fickle friend to higher education, though the symbiotic nature of the two entities is irrefutable.

Sam Houston State University to Build Medical School in Conroe’s Grand Central Park—Houston Chronicle
Sam Houston State University is expected to break ground on its proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine in Conroe's Grand Central Park community by year end, Johnson Development Corp. announced.

UT-Austin Hires Former Federal Prosecutor to Investigate Sexual Misconduct Charges Against Sen. Charles Schwertner—The Texas Tribune
In September, three unnamed UT officials told the Austin American-Statesman that the school had opened an investigation into the senator.

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.