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What a tremendous year 2014 has been for University of Houston-Clear Lake.

UHCL successfully transitioned from an upper-level university to a four-year institution when we welcomed approximately 600 freshman and sophomore students in the fall, bringing our student count to more than 8,600 for the first time in our 40-year history. Our new freshman students came from 70 high schools throughout the greater Bay Area and many arrived with some college credit already earned, on average 13 credit hours. Were we ready? We think so and persistence rates support this claim with 89 percent of our first-time-in-college students returning to UHCL in the spring. We look forward to assisting these students in their pursuit of an undergraduate degree in the next three or four years.

We continue our successful collaborations with area community colleges to ensure the many residents of Bay Area Houston have excellent options close to home for higher education. Our partnerships have no boundaries, however, and our international student population has grown significantly, now representing 16 percent of our student body. Additionally, UHCL students’ online and off-campus coursework embodies a remarkable 27 percent of total semester credit hours.

To meet the higher education needs of the communities we serve, we have added new academic programs. With approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in October 2013, we added the Bachelor of Science in Nursing at UHCL Pearland Campus during fall 2014 to assist registered nurses with an associate degree in reaching their educational goals of attaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In 2014, UHCL received approval for an additional doctoral degree with the Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction added to the School of Education degree offerings beginning spring 2015.

With your help, UHCL will carry the momentum of the past year through 2015 in fulfilling its mission as a student-centered, community-minded, partnership-oriented institution. Your unwavering support ensures the university’s success in bolstering the educational, economic and cultural environment of the Houston-Galveston metropolitan area. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to UHCL.

William A. Staples
President


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Flow-Cal receives Community Partnership Award

UHCL honored Flow-Cal Inc with the 2015 Community Partnership Award for all they do in collaboration with and in support of the university.

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