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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) 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.