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Higher Education Headlines: October 19


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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Fewer Colleges Than Expected Close Because of COVID-19
Houston Business Journal
Despite drops in revenue and increased spending at institutions across the U.S., just a handful of colleges and universities have permanently closed since the Covid-19 pandemic struck.
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Baylor Fined $461,656 for Clery Act Violations
Inside Higher Ed
The U.S. Department of Education fined Baylor University, a Baptist institution in Texas, $461,656 for violations of the Clery Act, a federal statute that requires colleges to publicly report crime statistics.
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COVID-19 Roundup: Presidential Survey Edition
Inside Higher Ed
Survey of presidents zeroes in on financial pressures. Working paper analyzes political factors in reopening decisions. Florida football coach calls for full-capacity stadium crowd.
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Colleges Pledged to Follow the Science. But Divides in Reopening Plans Reflected State Politics
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Institutional decisions about whether to reopen colleges in-person this fall correlated most strongly with state politics, not the regional public-health conditions that campus leaders said were front and center in their considerations, new research suggests.
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As Pandemic Grinds On, Here are Five Big Worries of College Presidents
The Chronicle of Higher Education
The American Council on Education, in conjunction with the TIAA Institute, reached out to presidents September 14-22 and asked them to identify their most pressing concerns. Here are five of the survey’s top findings.
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Mathew Knowles to Teach “Music Industry and the Digital Age” at UH
Houston Chronicle
The father of Beyoncé and Solange will teach a 15-week master class, beginning next year, at the University of Houston.
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Higher Ed’s Shameful Silence on Diversity
The Chronicle of Higher Education
This past summer, far-right media outlets from Fox News to Breitbart flooded the airwaves and the internet with stories about diversity training within the federal government. These features castigated the programs, accusing them of encouraging discrimination against white people , especially white men, by promoting ideas of white inferiority.
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Alternatives to Austerity?
Inside Higher Ed
Service staff in higher education have seen drastic layoffs and furloughs. Some have argued not all of those cuts were necessary.
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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 President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 60,000 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 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.