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Umair Shah On Departing Harris County Public Health (Nov. 18, 2020)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: The county's top public health official explains why he's leaving the job, and we learn about the extra precautions Texas universities are taking in the face of increasing cases of COVID-19.

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Wednesday’s Show: Wage Theft In A Pandemic, And UH President Renu Khator (April 22, 2020)

Posted on · On Wednesday's Houston Matters: Fighting wage theft in a pandemic, a conversation with UH President Dr. Renu Khator, our weekly political roundup, and a socially-distanced edition of The Full Menu.

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Friday’s Show: Houston Food Bank Update, And Mixtape Vol. 2 (April 17, 2020)

Posted on · On Friday's Houston Matters: An update on the state of the Houston Food Bank, the president of the University of St. Thomas on the new normal at his institution, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week's news, and another Houston Matters Mixtape.

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Community Colleges Offering 4-Year Degrees, and Mystery Author Philip Kerr: Thursday’s Show (April 13, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: A class at Lone Star College. Photo: Laura Isensee | Houston Public Media) Right now, just three community colleges in the state of Texas are allowed to offer four-year bachelor's degrees. Houston's Lone Star College is not one of them, but wants to be. Lone Star College Chancellor Dr. Steve Head argues allowing schools […]

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The Challenges Facing Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Posted on · Historically black colleges and universities — or HBCUs — have fallen on some hard times lately: financial problems, low graduation rates — some have been denied accreditation. These and other challenges recently led Dr. John Rudley, the former president of Texas Southern University, to call being an HBCU President "one of the most stressful jobs […]

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New Chabad Directors Seek to Serve Jewish Students at Rice University

Posted on · Rabbi Shmuli Slonim and his wife Nechama Slonim are the new directors of the Chabad Jewish Center at Rice University, where they will serve Jewish undergraduate and graduate students. We talk with Rabbi Slonim about his journey from Australia to New York — and now to Houston. Plus we learn about the differences between Chabads […]

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From College to the Workplace: How Are Recent Grads Adjusting to Professional Life?

Posted on · A new school year has begun at most area colleges and universities. Those schools, of course, seek to create a friendly, accommodating environment for students. As such, some recent graduates may find it challenging to transition from a college campus into the workplace. There’s always been a certain amount of culture shock that comes with […]

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A Growing Gap Between Mental Health Services and Needs on College Campuses

Posted on · A recent report in the Texas Tribune suggests access to mental health care for students on college campuses in Texas is at a breaking point. Counselors are burning out, pay is low and student mental health needs are surging. We learn more from Norma Ngo, the director of the University of Houston's counseling center, and […]

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Controversial Campus Carry Law Takes Effect at Texas Colleges

Posted on · Texas is joining eight other states that allow guns on campus. The controversial "campus carry" law takes effect today (Aug. 1, 2016). Now people with licenses can be armed at public colleges across Texas. To find out if they're ready here in Houston, News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee takes us on a campus tour […]

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Adjunct Professors: Are Colleges Getting By on Cheap Labor?

Posted on · If you went to college, chances are good you had at least one adjunct professor. Maybe you took a business class with an adjunct who was a full-time professional — or a media class with a reporter at the lectern. The idea with adjuncts is often to bring real-world experience to learning. But now some […]