College of Education (COE)

New degree program starting this fall

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved a new degree plan at UNT: a bachelor’s degree in public health.

Classes for the new program will start this fall, and applications are open.

Jennifer Edwards is now the degree plan’s coordinator. This is the seventh program in the College of Education, and will have different focuses such as population studies and biological sciences.

McNatts give University of North Texas $2.61 million

By Holly Haber

Jim and Linda McNatt of Corinth have given $2.61 million in grants to the University of North Texas to support academic and athletic initiatives.

The gifts include $1.36 million to establish endowments for logistics research, autism studies and the Kuehne Speaker Series and to fund grants to National Merit Scholars. The other $1.25 million will be used to enhance Mean Green Athletics.

Some of the grants are eligible for matching funds from Texas, which could augment the donations by $790,000, according to university officials.


Professor discusses near death studies at international conference

At a recent International Assocation for Near Death Studies conference, Jan Holden, chair of UNT's Department of Counseling and Higher Education, was a featured counseling expert on a Chinese television station based in Houston. The broadcast is in Chinese.

Watch it here.


How the hover effect strands some children

New York author and blogger Lenore Skenazy asks what feels like a question tailor-made for the parents of the 21st century: “How come it’s unusual or frowned upon or illegal to let your kid be out of your sight?”


For families today, the world seems riddled with dangers — from real terrors, such as pedophile teachers, to more abstract worries like which activities will best suit children for college in a far-off future.

Parental anxieties work their way into institutions, too. In 2014, a South Carolina woman was...

Safety: When is my kid old enough to (fill in the blank)?

Fill in the blank, and then look wistful:

When I was kid, I could _____.

Walk to school and home again with a group of friends? Take the bus to the movies? Stay home alone while your parents went out for the evening? Spend the whole day at the neighborhood swimming pool without checking in periodically?

Maria Parigi of Dallas, who grew up in a “teeny tiny town in Texas,” says she and her friends had curfews, but “no parental supervision. We were free as a bird.”

Now she and other parents are filling in another sort of blank: When is it...