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Higher Education Headlines: September 28


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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Texas College Faculty Call on Abbott to Require Reporting on COVID Cases, Deaths
Houston Chronicle
The Texas Faculty Association called on Gov. Greg Abbott Tuesday to order colleges to report weekly numbers of COVID-19 positive cases and related deaths.

Coronavirus Updates: Birx Praised Texas A&M for a Low Positivity Rate, Which is 10%
The Chronicle of Higher Education
The fall semester has begun, and COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on many campuses. The Chronicle is tracking developments across higher ed here. Read on for daily live updates and information.

Coronavirus Restrictions and Remote Learning May Hamper College Student Turnout
The Texas Tribune
Campaigns, political organizations and students at schools across Texas say they’re worried and frustrated that pandemic health restrictions are stymying efforts to register and turn out students to vote.

UH to Aid Southern States in Carbon-saving Research Funded by DOE Giant
Houston Chronicle
University of Houston researchers will collaborate with the Southern States Energy Board, an organization of governors and legislators from southern states, to aid in deploying carbon-reducing technologies in the oil and gas industry.

Admissions Concerns in the COVID-19 Era Center on Colleges’ Survival
The Chronicle of Higher Education
In the pandemic era, some of the questions parents are raising are a little different than usual.

COVID-19 is Making SAT, ACT Harder to Take
The Wall Street Journal
Exams canceled for many students seeking to take them, leaving some to travel hours to find open sites.

U.S. Drops Case Against Chinese Scientist at UVA
The Wall Street Journal
Hu Haizhou, who was studying underwater robotics, had permission to access code he allegedly stole.

Hitting Close to Come: HBCUs are Getting High Student Compliance with Social Distancing and Mask Wearing and Are Reporting Lower Coronavirus Infection Rates.
Inside Higher Ed
College leaders partly credit Black college culture — and student awareness of the toll of the pandemic on Black, Latinx and Indigenous communities.

Colleges Confirm Enrollment Declines, Signal Budget Challenges to Come
Houston Business Journal
New data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows that undergraduate enrollment fell 2.5% across the board this month compared to last year.

As Texas College Towns Emerge as Coronavirus Hot Spots, Universities Try to Keep Students from Infecting Locals
The Texas Tribune
In the counties where four-year college students make up at least 10% of the population, including Lubbock, Hays and Brazos, cases have grown 34% since Aug. 19, according to a Texas Tribune analysis.

Universities Report Online K-12 Enrollment Boost
Inside Higher Ed
Dissatisfied with the way local schools are responding to the pandemic, families increasingly turn to online K-12 options to educate their children  including schools run by universities.

Reopening Colleges Likely Fueled COVID-19 Significantly, Study Finds
The Wall Street Journal
Research suggests in-person classes led to thousands of additional cases each day in the U.S.


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.