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Higher Education Headlines: September 14


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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UH Launching Addiction and Cancer Prevention Center
Houston Chronicle
The University of Houston is launching a center on addiction research and cancer prevention, its latest assault on health disparities in the area’s underserved communities. 

An Inside Look at Rice’s Outdoor Classrooms for In-person Classes
Houston Chronicle
When Rice University in Houston said it would construct outdoor classrooms for in-person fall courses, the announcement drew national attention with many wondering how students and faculty would handle the Texas heat. But Rice had that, and more, covered.

What If Everyone on Campus Understood The Money?
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Administrators do not make a practice of ensuring that faculty and staff members grasp the details of campus finances, but they should.

Spring Planning has Begun. Here’s What Colleges Are Thinking So Far.
The Chronicle of Higher Education
The fall semester is barely underway, but several colleges are already announcing their instruction plans for the spring. The bottom line, so far, is that few institutions will change their approaches — whether face to face, remote, or a mix of the two.

Diversity Without Dollars: You Think You Can’t Afford to Transform Your faculty? The University of Houston Begs to Differ.
The Chronicle of Higher Education
“The possibility that I could be in community, intellectual community with other faculty of color, was just really yummy,” she says. “Like, ‘OK, I can have it all.’”

Texas Schools Allege ‘Secret Coup’ by Paige Patterson to Siphon Millions from Charitable Foundations
Houston Chronicle
In a filing in Tarrant County, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Baylor University allege that they were not notified about changes to the bylaws and charitable purpose of the Harold E. Riley Foundation.

Judge Calls HCC’s Delay in Responding to Records Requests ‘Untenable’
Houston Chronicle
A Houston attorney has sued Houston Community College for not responding to his open records requests related to a $100 million racial discrimination lawsuit, and in a hearing a judge said the college system’s delay is indefensible.

U.S. Turns Up Heat on Colleges’ Foreign Ties
The Chronicle of Higher Education
A letter notified Stanford University that it had joined an unpopular club: It was one of at least a dozen colleges under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education over foreign gifts and contracts.

Who Leads Colleges After COVID-19?
Inside Higher Ed

A singular focus on the current crisis won't do, higher education leaders say. Those in power at colleges and universities must find time to prepare their institutions for an unsettled future that looks very different from the old status quo.

Teen Accused in Zoom Bomb Threat at UH Once Radicalized in Support of ISIS, Sister Says
Houston Chronicle
A Richmond teen charged with making a bomb threat during a Zoom lecture for the University of Houston was released on bond at a very different Zoom gathering before a federal magistrate.

This Tenured Professor said His College’s Reopening Plans Risked Deaths. That’s Now in His Personnel File.
The Chronicle of Higher Education
A tenured faculty member at Juniata College, in Pennsylvania, is facing censure after writing a comment on Facebook critical of his institution’s reopening plans in light of the pandemic.


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.