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Higher Education Headlines: October 5


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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Rice University Polling Site to Be All Student Run on Election Day
Houston Chronicle
Rice University’s on-campus Election Day polling station will be in Rice’s football stadium for the first time this year and will be staffed entirely by students.

Texas A&M, Medistar Break Ground on $500M Texas Medical Center Campus
Houston Business Journal
Texas A&M Innovation Plaza is slated to be complete by 2024. It incorporates an existing tower and two new ones on 5 acres adjacent to the TMC at the corner of Holcombe Boulevard and Main Street.

Instruction Under Surveillance
The Chronicle of Higher Education
One minute the class looked like any online session, neat boxes framing the faces of students and their professor. The next, some of those faces disappeared, replaced by avatars, pseudonyms, and shots of the ceiling.

No Longer Standard Fare: More Colleges are Refusing to Consider Standardized Test Scores, Sending a Disruptive Shock Wave Through the Admissions Process as Well as the Billion-dollar Testing Industry
Houston Business Journal
The shift could have broad implications for students as they prepare for the college-application process, and it is pressing schools to lean on other measures to evaluate prospective applicants.

When Staff Get Sick
Inside Higher Ed

The University of Kentucky has seen 103 cases of COVID-19 among employees. What accounts for those numbers?

How COVID Could Impact Transfer Students
Inside Higher Ed
The COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainty about what will happen next. Experts say colleges need to improve transfer relationships now to stay afloat in this crisis.

University of California’s Admissions Disgrace
Inside Higher Ed

New revelations emerge about attempts to get students into Berkeley.

Prairie View A&M Students’ Trial Against Waller County Over Voting Rights Begins
Houston Chronicle
A Prairie View A&M University alumna and a professor took the virtual stand Monday in the first day of a week-long trial with students and alumni saying that Waller County officials allegedly obstructed their rights to vote.

Judge Orders HCC to Fulfill records Requests
Houston Chronicle
Harris County District Judge Steven Kirkland has ordered Houston Community College to fulfill the long-delayed public information requests related to a $100 million racial discrimination lawsuit.

Bad Food Swings: Colleges are Scrambling to Right Size Dining Services While Still Propping Up an Important Revenue Driver
Houston Business Journal
The new normal also includes loads of safety measures — and expenses — further squeezing schools as they attempt to minimize financial exposure while still feeding thousands of students each day on campus.

Back to School: How Higher Education and The Private Sector can Solve Student Reengagement
Houston Business Journal
It’s easy to be a leader when things are normal. There are clear expectations. It’s difficult to be a leader when there is chaos, uncertainty, varying levels of risk tolerance and a complete departure from normalcy.

College Students with Children are Overwhelmed This School Year
The Washington Post
By 7:45 a.m., A’Ja Ross, 26, has helped her son, Ti’Andre Williams, log in to his fourth-grade class at Perrywood Elementary School in Largo, Md. She stays close by in case he has any trouble understanding an assignment.




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.