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Higher Education Headlines: October 12

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By Sheryl E. Taylor

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Diversity Work, Interrupted
Inside Higher Ed
Some institutions have begun to cancel diversity, equity and inclusion programs in response to a Trump order. Critics say the order is censorship.

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UH Debuts First Cashier-less Market on Campus
Houston Chronicle
A concept that’s the first of its kind for a U.S. college campus, the Market Next convenience store will completely transform the average on campus snack-shopping experience by removing cashiers, lines and the typical checkout process.

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Texas A&M Plans 15 In-person Graduations for December
Houston Chronicle
About 4,200 students slated to graduate this fall at the flagship in College station will attend one of 15 ceremonies hosted over five days in December in in A&M’s Reed Arena.

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How Transparent is Your College’s COVID-19 Dashboard?
Inside Higher Ed
Many colleges created dashboards showing their COVID-19 infection and testing data. But a lack of standards for testing and reporting has made for varying levels of transparency.

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Postsecondary Paradox
Inside Higher Ed

Colleges and universities have an opportunity to better serve millions of Americans adults without a postsecondary degree.
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UH Professor Wins $625,000 MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius Grant’
Houston Chronicle

Cristina Rivera Garza — an award-winning novelist, poet, editor, translator and educator — has been named one of 21 recipients of a MacArthur Fellowship. Rivera Garza is a distinguished professor in Hispanic Studies and a director of the creative writing at UH.
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The Pandemic has Pushed Hundreds of Thousands of Workers Out of Higher Education
The Chronicle of Higher Education
The work-force that serves much of higher education in America has shrunk by at least 7 percent since Covid-19 arrived on American shores — a staggering, unprecedented contraction, according to federal data.

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The Unequal Costs of The Digital Divide
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Attending college during the coronavirus has meant added costs. And the digital divide that was a problem for many students last academic year hasn’t disappeared. In fact, with the fall semester already underway, institutions are still working to assess and overcome the gaps for students in technology.

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Views: Reinventing higher education for affordability
Inside Higher Ed

Without question, undergraduate education in the United States has an affordability challenge, one that began long before the pandemic.
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The Hidden Expenses of Remote Teaching
Inside Higher Ed
Online teaching has often forced faculty to retrofit living spaces into professional offices, and meanwhile the expenses quietly yet steadily increase.
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Texas Colleges Offer Free Coronavirus Tests. Why Aren’t More Students Getting Tested?
The Texas Tribune
Halfway through the semester, schools are reporting participation rates far below their goals, prompting at least one school to go so far as to offer prizes to students who volunteer to get a coronavirus test.
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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 Interim President Dr. Antonio D. Tillis. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 51,000 alumni and offers 44 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).

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. 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.