- University of Houston System
name =University of Houston System
image_size = 170px
motto = "In Tempore" (
State university system
endowment = $522 million [cite web | url = http://www.nacubo.org/Images/All%20Institutions%20Listed%20by%20FY%202007%20Market%20Value%20of%20Endowment%20Assets_2007%20NES.pdf | title = Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2007 | publisher = National Association of College and University Business Officers | accessdate = 2008-02-21 |format=PDF]
faculty = 4,301
Renu Khator, Ph.D.
undergrad = 44,188
postgrad = 12,758
campus = 4 universities; 2 multi-institution teaching centers
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website = [http://www.houston.edu www.houston.edu]
[http://www.uhsa.uh.edu www.uhsa.uh.edu] The University of Houston System (often referred to as "UH System" or "UHS") is a state system of higher education which oversees and funds four independent, self-governing universities and two multi-institution teaching centers (MITCs, pronounced "mit-sees"). It also administers a radio station,
KUHF, and a television station, KUHT.
flagshipand oldest school of the system, the University of Houston, was founded in 1927. The other universities in the system began as part of the flagship campus, but each became their own separate institutions in the 1970s and 1980s. The last addition to the system was the founding of the multi-institution teaching center, University of Houston System at Cinco Ranchin 2001. Recently, the system proposed the University of Houston Health Science Center, a medical school to be implemented at the Texas Medical Center.. [ [http://www.uhd.edu/sacs/LINKS/Strategic_Principles_Update.pdf University of Houston System Strategic Principles Update ] ]
The University of Houston System is the fourth-largest university system in the
U.S. stateof Texas. With more than 56,000 students and 4,000 faculties total from four universities, it is the largest metropolitan public system of higher educationin Texas. As of 1997, the University of Houston System administration is located in the Ezekiel W. Cullen building on the University of Houston campus.
The University of Houston System was established by the
Texas Legislaturein 1977as the University of Houstoncelebrated its 50th anniversary. Philip G. Hoffmanbecame the first chancellor after serving as president for the University of Houston from 1961 to 1977. The original University of Houston System consisted of simply the University of Houston and the University of Houston-Downtowninstitutions. Prior to the establishment of the system, UHD was a campus of UH, and the two were the same institution. In 1983, the University of Houston at Clear Lake Cityand the University of Houston Victoria Centerboth became autonomous institutions from UH as the University of Houston-Clear Lakeand the University of Houston-Victoriarespectively, and also joined the system.
1997, the UH System and the University of Houston administrations merged. That same year, Arthur K. Smith became the first person to be both UH System chancellor and University of Houston president at the same time. Smith oversaw the successful merger of the UH System and UH administrations, the launching of the “Learning. Leading.” image campaign, the planning and construction of a number of major buildings at all four UH System universities, a dramatic growth in external funding for research, and an increase in student enrollment.
After Smith's retirement, the UH System chancellor and president of the University of Houston became Jay Gogue. On June 1, 2007 Dr. Jay Gogue left UH and UH System to become President of
Auburn University, his alma mater. The University of Houston System Board of Regents then appointed John M. Rudley, then vice chancellor/vice president for administration and finance, to serve as Interim UH System Chancellor and Interim UH President.
After months of searching, on October 15, 2007 Dr. Renu Khator, provost and senior vice president at the University of South Florida, was selected as the sole finalist for the position of UH System chancellor and UH president. Texas law mandates there be a 21 day public notice before Khator could accept the position.
On November 5th, 2007, Dr. Renu Khator became the third individual to hold the UH System chancellor and UH president position. Interim President John Rudley resumed his previous role of Vice Chancellor and Vice President of Finance and Administration, but accepted the position of President of
Texas Southern Universitysoon thereafter. Khator officially took her position at the start of January 2008.
The University of Houston System is governed by the UH System Board of Regents. [cite web |url= http://www.uhsa.uh.edu/regents/ |title=UHS - Board of Regents |publisher=University of Houston System |accessdate=2008-06-26] The board consists of a chairman, vice-chairman, secretary, and six other members. Every two years, the Governor of the State of Texas, subject to the confirmation of the
Texas Senate, appoints three members to the Board of Regents. Each member serves a six-year term. Rsponsibilities for members are specifically listed in the bylaws of the Board of Regents.
Also overseeing the University of Houston System is the UHS Chancellor. The chancellor, appointed by the UHS Board of Regents, has certain authorities that are specified in the regent bylaws. [cite web |url=http://www.uh.edu/about/offices/president/delegations/ |title=Chancellor/President's Delegations of Authority |publisher=University of Houston |accessdate=2008-06-26] The chancellor has the option to delegate responsibilities to others such as the vice-chancellor, university presidents, and university athletic directors. Such delegations are subject to the board of regents bylaws and UHS policies.
Since 1997, the flagship institution, University of Houston, and University of Houston System administration has been a single entity. Thus, the UHS Chancellor holds a dual role as the President of the University of Houston as well.
The administration of the system is located on the campus of the University of Houston in the Ezekiel W. Cullen building. The Chancellor's official residence is known as the "Wortham House". [cite web |url=http://info.lib.uh.edu/sca/digital/time/buildings_large.html?ID=83 |title=Wortham House |publisher=University of Houston Libraries |work=UH Through Time |accessdate=2008-06-26] The house was designed by Alfred C. Finn, and built by Frank P. Sterling in 1925 as the "Sterling House". In 1948, the house was donated to the
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and later sold to Gus and Lyndall Wortham in 1951. Upon her death in July 1980, Lyndall Wortham donated the property to the University of Houston. The house, located in the Houston neighborhood of Southampton, serves as a facility for small functions or gatherings of UH and UHS. [cite web |url=http://www.chron.com/CDA/archives/archive.mpl?id=2008_4548973 |title="Dinner party dishes out praise, humor" |author=Hodge, Shelby |date=2008-04-14 |publisher=Houston Chronicle |work=chron.com |accessdate=2008-06-26]
Philip G. Hoffman(1977-1979)
* Charles Edwin Bishop (1980-1986)
* Wilbur Meier (1986-1989)
Alexander F. Schilt(1989-1995)
William P. Hobby, Jr.(1995-1997)
* Arthur K. Smith (1997-2003)
* Jay Gogue (2003-2007)
There are four universities within the University of Houston System. These universities are "independent" of each other, not campuses of one another.
University of Houston
University of Houston] Founded in 1927, the University serves more than 35,300 students in 12 academic colleges and in the interdisciplinary Honors College on a convert|560|acre|km2|sing=on campus southeast of Downtown Houston. UH offers 109 bachelor's, 131 master's, 51 doctoral, and three professional degreeprograms.cite web |url=http://www.uh.edu/uh_glance/index.php?page=info |title=UH at a Glance |publisher=University of Houston |accessdate=2007-10-12] It currently is the third-largest university in Texasand twenty-third largest university in the United Statesby enrollment, awarding more than 6,600 degrees annually. [cite web | url = http://www.txhighereddata.org/reports/Docfetch.cfm?DocID=1263&Format=XLS |title=Texas Higher Education Enrollments |publisher= Texas Education Agency|accessdate=2007-10-11 ] [cite web |url=http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d07/tables/dt07_225.asp |title=Enrollment of the 120 largest degree-granting college and university campuses, by selected characteristics and institution: Fall 2005 |publisher=U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics |accessdate=2008-03-16]
The University of Houston is the largest and only nationally recognized doctoral degree-granting institution in the UH System. The University of Houston is the system's flagship university. During the 1980s, the University of Houston changed its name to "University of Houston-University Park" to distinguish itself from the rest of the universities in the system. However since 1988, the institution has officially been known as simply the "University of Houston". Each other system university was, at one point in each of their histories, part of this institution.
University of Houston–Clear Lake
The University of Houston–Clear Lake, often shortened to simply "UH–Clear Lake" or "UHCL", is an upper-level
universitylocated on a convert|524|acre|km2|sing=on campus partially in Houston and partially in Pasadena in southeast Harris County, Texas, United States. UHCL was founded in 1971 as the "University of Houston at Clear Lake City".
Like UHV, UHCL does not offer lower-level courses, and many of the student body attend area
community colleges to complete their basic curriculum requirements. Each students is admitted to a specific degree program at the University of Houston–Clear Lake after he or she has obtained 54 semester hours of college credit with a minimum grade of C or if he or she has earned an associate's degree.
University of Houston–Victoria
The University of Houston–Victoria, often referred to as "UH–Victoria" or "UHV", is a public university located in
Victoria, Texas. It was founded as an upper-level institution in 1973 as the University of Houston Victoria Center and became a permanent part of the University of Houston System in 1983. UHV is the smallest university by enrollment in the system.
The university shares facilities and some services with Victoria College and also works with
Coastal Bend College, Wharton County Junior Collegeand Houston Community College System. The student population has now grown to over 2,600 students, and has conferred 4,200 bachelor's and master's degrees.
University of Houston–Downtown
The University of Houston–Downtown, often simply called "UH–Downtown" or "UHD", is a four-year
collegein Downtown Houston, Texas, United States. With an enrollment of about 11,793 students, UHD is the second-largest institution of the University of Houston System.
The institution was founded in 1974 when assets of the private South Texas Junior College were acquired and transferred to the University of Houston. UH–Downtown opened as a branch campus of UH and by 1979, it had separated from UH as the Texas Legislature approved the new institution as a freestanding university within the UH System.
Multi-institution teaching centers
There are two multi-institution teaching centers serving all four UH System institutions:
University of Houston System at Cinco Ranchwas founded in 1980 as the "West Houston Institute" as a part of the University of Houston. In 2001, it was reorganized as a higher educationteaching center of the University of Houston System located in northern Fort Bend County, Texasnear the city of Katy.
University of Houston System at Sugar Land, often referred to as "UHS at Sugar Land" or "UHSSL", was founded in 1996 as a higher education teaching center of the UH System located in Sugar Land, Texas. It was originally named the "Fort Bend Institute", and later the "University of Houston System at Fort Bend" prior to its current name.
In Summer of 2007, the University of Houston system sought to purchase additional property in the Northwest Houston. [cite web |url=http://www.chron.com/CDA/archives/archive.mpl?id=2006_4200944 |title="UH pulls plug on plan for NW site / President says state's conditions made campus unworkable" |author=Tresaugue, Matthew |publisher=Houston Chronicle |work=chron.com |date=2006-09-30 |accessdate=2008-06-26]
Prairie View A&M Universityobjected to this purchase, saying that it would lead to competition for students in the area. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Boardapproved the deal, but under stringent conditions. Subsequently, UH withdrew from the land purchase deal.
Lone Star College-University Center
Although not a part of the University of Houston System, two UH System universities (UH and UHD) offer classes at a satellite of the
Lone Star College Systemcalled the University Center. The center works in conjunction with other Texas public universities such as Texas A&M Universityand Sam Houston State University.
Proposed health institutions
University of Houston Health Science Centeris a proposed medical school that will be located at the Texas Medical Center in Houston. It plans to offer the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program and will be the third medical school in Houston.
University of Houston System at Texas Medical Centerhas been proposed to be the third multi-institution teaching center of the UH System. [ [http://www.uhd.edu/sacs/LINKS/Strategic_Principles_Update.pdf Microsoft Word - Strategic_Principles_Update.doc ] ]
* [http://www.uhsa.uh.edu/ University of Houston System]
** [http://www.uh.edu/ University of Houston]
** [http://www.uhcl.edu/ University of Houston–Clear Lake]
** [http://www.uhd.edu/ University of Houston–Downtown]
** [http://www.uhv.edu/ University of Houston–Victoria]
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