New degree programs, new students and new opportunities are just a few of the “new” things taking place at University of Houston-Clear Lake. Since welcoming students in 1974, UHCL has evolved into a four-year university, adding not only its first freshman and sophomore students, but also adding an additional campus and numerous degree programs, and with this national rankings that are solid measures for noting our success. We’re a school on the move, and we want to share our achievements with our friends, family, current students, alumni and prospective students.
But if you think we’re going to rest on those laurels, you’re mistaken – because we have so much more to do as a university! Read about our recent institutional accomplishments.
Three New Buildings and a Housing Project
With exciting growth comes growing pains. UHCL is preparing for the addition of three new buildings to make room for all that the future might hold. In March 2017, we broke ground STEM and Classroom Building and the Recreation and Wellness Center. Addressing the growing fields of science, technology, engineering and math, the STEM and Classroom Building will include 15 teaching lab, 13 faculty research labs, and observation deck and specialty rooms that include space for 3-D printing and more. The Recreation and Wellness Center will not only include track and basketball courts, but also teaching labs for biomechanics. Later in the spring, UHCL will break ground on the Health Sciences and Classroom Building at UHCL Pearland Campus. Finally, based on a commissioned market analysis and feasibility study, affordable, on-campus housing will be added. The future 80,000-square-foot, 300-bed facility should be ready in fall 2018 or early 2019.
Sustained STEM Success
Just in time for the new building comes a $3.7 million U.S. Department of Education Award to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs at UHCL. The College of Science and Engineering plans to use the funds to support students in STEM fields as well as facilitate student transfers to UHCL. In collaboration with the College of Education, the College of Science and Engineering also plans to develop a computer science teacher certification program. The grant opens doors for Hispanic and low-income student to pursue careers in STEM. UHCL is a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution.
U.S. News & World report ranked UHCL 74th among the 2017 Best Regional Universities in the West, an advancement of seven places over the university's inaugural 2016 ranking. We ranked among regional universities spanning from Texas and Oklahoma westward to California and Hawaii. We also received a ranking of 75 nationally out of 101 university for Best Online Graduate Business Programs and 109 out 179 for Best Online MBA programs. Rankings are determined by graduation rates, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, alumni giving and other criteria. We believe the rankings reflect UHCL's ongoing commitment to offering outstanding educational opportunities for the community.
UHCL's College of Education program gained recognition for its success when it was named a finalist for the 2016 Texas Higher Education Star Award. The Success Through Education Programs, or STEP, is a partnership between UHCL, local community colleges and school districts to prepare future teachers who often to the high schools from which they graduated to teach. More than 700 community college and UHCL students participate in the program.
Increased Care for Autism
Individuals with autism and their families continue to rely on the the successful UHCL Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, known as CADD. In addition to special item funding from the 84th Texas Legislature in 2015, the center received more than $550,000 in grants from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. CADD has been able to expand both the number of families it can serve and the number of services offered to those families. In the future, CADD plans for a satellite clinic at UHCL Pearland Campus.