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Why Do Sexual Assaults on Campus Spike During the Fall?

Posted on · Two former University of Houston students are suing the school claiming they were denied due process after being expelled following an investigation in connection with an alleged sexual assault on campus. In November 2011, Ryan McConnell's girlfriend Natalie Plummer recorded video of him cheating on her with another female student. Both McConnell and the other […]

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Advice for Starting Life with Student Debt

Posted on · A recent report places Houston in the top third among cities nationwide when it comes to affordability for first-time home-buyers. The financial pressure becomes greater when that home buyer is saddled with student debt. Another recent report finds college graduates in Harris County with student loans to repay have to earn, on average, $7,000 more […]

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Retiring Lone Star College Chancellor Discusses the Challenges Community Colleges Face

Posted on · Lone Star College‘s retiring chancellor, Dr. Richard Carpenter, joins Houston Matters to discuss his career in higher education and the challenges community colleges face. Dr. Carpenter became the youngest college president in the country when, at age 29, he became president of Somerset Community College in Kentucky. Since then his career in education took him […]

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Lone Star College Chancellor “Exit Interview” and New Cars for 2015: Houston Matters for Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Posted on · This summer, after 40 years in education, Lone Star College Chancellor Dr. Richard Carpenter is retiring. Carpenter has been a president or chancellor for colleges in seven states, starting at the age of 29, when he was named President of Somerset Community College in Kentucky (which made him, at the time, the youngest college president […]

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How to Pay for College in Texas

Posted on · Tuition, room and board, supplies – the cost of attending college adds up quickly. In a recent survey, The College Board placed the average cost of attending a public in-state university this past academic year at a little over $18,000. The cost of attending a private college averaged nearly $41,000. A lot of families can’t […]

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Paying for College, Pet Care and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, May 19, 2014

Posted on · Tuition, room and board, supplies – the cost of attending college adds up quickly. In a recent survey, The College Board placed the average cost of attending a public in-state university this past academic year at a little over $18,000. The cost of attending a private college averaged nearly $41,000. A lot of families can't […]

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What Could Colleges Do Better in Handling and Preventing Sexual Assault?

Posted on · This month, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released a list of colleges being investigated for possible Title IX violations concerning how they handled complaints of sexual violence and harassment. Most of us are familiar with Title IX’s provisions for equal opportunities for women within college athletics, but the law which prohibits […]

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Sustainability Through Higher Ed, 4H, FFA, & FotoFest: Houston Matters for Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Posted on · A new report from Rice University’s Shell Center for Sustainability examines disparities in education and income in Houston, and its impact on the city’s economic expansion. “Houston Community Sustainability: The Quality of Life Atlas” looks at 24 social, economic, and environmental indicators of sustainability in 88 Houston “super-neighborhoods” and recommends major intervention to encourage more […]

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Online University Aims to Bring College to More People

Posted on · Back in 1996 a group of bipartisan western governors got together and wanted to figure out how to use technology to bring post-secondary education to a larger number of people. The hope was to make it efficient, affordable and easily accessible — which meant it had to be online. Out of this meeting, a non-profit […]

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Who’s Using Drones and What Are the Implications for Privacy?

Posted on · Amazon.com’s CEO is talking about a future filled with “delivery drones” that drop packages on your doorstep. Of course, there are implications – legal, technological…and moral. So, we talk with Michael Buscher, founder and CEO of Vanguard, a Houston-based manufacturer of drones. Vangaurd makes the ShadowHawk Unmanned Aerial System. We’ll learn who uses it and […]

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Sports Monday: Bowl Game Previews & Life After Kubiak

Posted on · The Texans begin the post-Kubiak era, and Texas college football teams are bowl bound, including the University of Houston, Baylor, Texas A&M and the University of Texas. We’ll find out where they’re heading and who they face. And we’ll prepare you for the Rockets’ West Coast trip, with three games in four nights at Portland, […]

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Small Businesses, World AIDS Day and Did the Patriots Cheat? Houston Matters for Mon., Dec. 2, 2013

Posted on · Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this was a big weekend for holiday shoppers. It was also a big weekend for small businesses in Houston. That’s because Small Business Saturday encourages customers to shop local. So today, we’re taking a look at how small businesses are faring in Houston. Are they thriving or dying out? […]

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Do You Really Need A College Degree to Work in Houston?

Posted on · There are a lot of paths to a quality education. While many may go straight from high school to a four year college, others enter the work force, or the military for a time, and then may return to school. Some attend trade schools or community colleges. Some never pursue higher education. An initiative launched […]