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Message from the President

Relationships strengthen University of Houston-Clear Lake. As we approach the end of our second year as a four-year university, we look forward to moving ahead together, a theme for this publication that emphasizes current success and future opportunities. Our focus incorporates five key areas that include student success, arts, health, K-12 education and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

UHCL set another enrollment record in fall 2015, welcoming more than 8,900 students that included 273 freshmen and 420 sophomores. With a course completion rate of 94.5 percent and a retention rate of 70 percent for first-year students and enrollment growth in both freshman and sophomore student counts, we know that we have done something right. To further validate that assertion, UHCL received news that, for the first time, it was ranked by U.S. News & World Report among its Best Regional Universities in the West, an honor we hope to improve upon in the future.

Recognizing the need to meet the demands of enrollment growth, state legislators approved capital construction funding for the addition of two new buildings: a STEM and Classroom Building at UHCL and a Health Sciences and Classroom Building at UHCL Pearland Campus. Furthermore, students’ voices were heard when they approved a referendum to add a third new building, a Recreation and Wellness Center at UHCL, showing their commitment to not only developing their minds but also strengthening their bodies.

Additional academic programs will give students more opportunities. Among these is a third doctoral program, the Doctor of Psychology in Health Service Psychology in UHCL’s School of Human Sciences and Humanities. The doctoral program, the fourth of its kind in the nation and the first for the school, combines clinical psychology and school psychology with a focus on clinical practice. Graduates will be able to find careers in schools, human service agencies and hospitals.

By moving ahead together, UHCL continues to find its place among four-year universities, whether through a national ranking or the addition of a unique academic program. As a studentcentered, community-minded and partnership-oriented university, UHCL relies on relationships to succeed, and you are instrumental to that success. Thank you.

William A. Staples

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