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Higher Education Headlines: Sept. 24


By Sheryl E. Taylor

Coffee Ipad imageUH Receives Anonymous $4 Million Gift to Support Creative Writing and Other Liberal Arts Programs—UH NewsThe University of Houston is fortunate to exist in a community where individual donors want to be stakeholders in everything we do to enhance the academic experience for our students.

Rice University Announces Free Tuition for Some Students—Houston Chronicle
Rice University officials announced they will provide full tuition scholarships to undergraduate domestic students from low- and middle-income backgrounds starting in the fall of 2019.

UH Moves Up; Texas Tech Moves Down: How Texas Colleges Did on The Latest National Ranking—Houston Chronicle
U.S. News & World Report recently released its annual ranking of America’s Best Colleges, including dozens of Texas schools like Rice University, University of Houston and Texas A&M.

The Best, Most Affordable Texas Colleges for Middle Class Families—Houston Chronicle
The change, affecting families that make between $65,000 and $130,000 a year, is a positive sign in a sea of colleges where tuition and student debt has steadily risen.

Here’s The Average Student Debt at Eight Houston Universities—The Houston Business Journal
The rankings, calculated using data from the U.S. Department of Education and student reviews, place price, alumni earnings and student debt above acceptance rates.

Political Boot Camp for Women? One Texas University Is Working On It.—Houston Chronicle

Texas Woman’s University in Denton this fall launched a Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy aimed at increasing the number of women who will seek out leadership positions in public policy through advocacy or government leadership.

How the Great Recession Reshaped American Higher Education—The Chronicle of Higher EducationDuring the past 10 years, the financial meltdown and its aftermath have spurred considerable change in how academic leaders run their institutions, public research universities in particular.

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.