In-demand degree programs, more student-centered opportunities, and nationally recognized achievements showcase just a few of the ways University of Houston-Clear Lake defines success. Since welcoming students in 1974, UHCL has evolved into a four-year university and added more degree programs to accommodate a wider range of interests. A school on the move, UHCL wants to share achievements with friends, family, current students, alumni and prospective students.
Campus Expansion Projects
With four new buildings on the horizon, UHCL offers expanded educational opportunities
to students. The STEM and Classroom Building will open and welcome students in fall
2018. Addressing the growing fields of science, technology, engineering and math,
the new building offers 15 teaching lab, 13 faculty research labs, an observation
deck and more. The Recreation and Wellness Center is expected to be completed by the
fall as well. The multi-purpose facility offers amenities for education and fitness,
including two basketball courts, three teaching labs and private study rooms. UHCL
also broke ground on the Health Sciences and Classroom Building at UHCL Pearland Campus.
Expected to open in spring 2019, this 69,539-square-feet-building will help increase
the quality of and enrollment in the already successful health science programs at
the campus. The last development is the 80,000-square-foot, 300-bed Residence Hall
at the Bay Area Boulevard location, which will offer affordable housing to students
by fall 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.
University of Houston-Clear Lake advanced 11 places from last year in the U.S. News & World Report's 2018 Best Colleges, tying for 63rd among 659 colleges and universities in the Best Regional Universities in the West. In Top Public Schools Regional Universities West, UH-Clear Lake tied for 16th. Universities included in the regional ranking range from Texas and Oklahoma to California and Hawaii. Scoring is based on retention and graduation rates, faculty resources and student selectivity, among other criteria. In other regional rankings, UHCL tied for 33rd in Best Colleges for Veterans and 147th in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs, and ranked 49th in Best Value Schools. 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.