Volume 10, Number 2
classes in Alvin, Pearland
“The combination of a community college and an upper-level university provides a cost-effective approach to providing degree opportunities at the associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s levels for area residents,” says UHCL President William A. Staples.
UHCL will also start offering upper-level classes at ACC in Alvin beginning in fall 2004. The university continues its collaboration with ACC in offering programs and courses at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
ACC ranks in the top three area community colleges in the number of undergraduate students who transfer to UHCL.
UHCL concluded Discovering Opportunities, a fundraising initiative bolstered by a $1.5 million challenge grant from Houston Endowment during which donations designated for endowments were matched dollar-for-dollar for a total gift value of $3 million.
The initiative enhanced 50 existing endowments and contributed to the creation of 47 new ones. It also marked the second matching challenge grant from Houston Endowment Inc., but the first one of this magnitude.
In 1997, Houston Endowment issued a three-year matching challenge grant of $500,000 that was satisfied within 15 months. The 1997 grant resulted in the creation of 35 new scholarship endowments. The two challenge grants combined brought UHCL’s total endowment from $3.6 million in 1997 to $7.7 million in 2003.
Attendance soars at statewide
Of the 1,200 visitors that came to UHCL, more than 900 of them were students. Previous statewide exhibitions held at UHCL drew fewer than 700 attendees.
VASE allows Texas high school art students to display their artistic work in a variety of media such as drawing, painting and sculpture, as well as attend workshops and submit their work for competition. UHCL art faculty assisted with judging student art. To learn more about VASE, visit www.vase.taea.org.
Fusion of instruction and
technology yields recognition
“Microsoft is pleased to support the ongoing efforts of UHCL’s School of Education and its work in enabling students, teachers and lifelong learners to realize their potential,” says Greg Butler, manager of Educator & Student Development at Microsoft.
“Investing in developing technology skills and the way those skills can be applied to learning sets this organization apart as an educational leader in its community.”
All instruction delivered by SOE is supported by the curriculum and projects written as a result of the Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers for Technology (PT3) three-year $1 million grant given to the school by the U.S. Department of Education in June 2000.
“We appreciate Microsoft’s acknowledgment of the School of Education as a Model Professional Development Site,” says SOE Dean Dennis Spuck.
“This followed the successful PT3 site visit by representatives of five universities who wanted to learn about our PT3 grant project and exchange ideas about our instructional technology programs here at UHCL.”
Microsoft’s Model Professional Development program
features organizations, schools, colleges and universities that support
highly effective programs that improve the way educators use technology.
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