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UHCL Distinctions

UHCL Distinctions

  • The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching selected UHCL as one of 119 U.S. colleges and universities for its 2008 Community Engagement Classification. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an independent policy and research center with the primary mission "to do and perform all things necessary to encourage, uphold and dignify the profession of the teacher." To be selected in any of the three categories of Curricular Engagement, Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships, and Outreach and Partnerships, institutions had to provide descriptions and examples of institutionalized practices of community engagement that showed alignment among mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices. UHCL completed the 38-page required documentation that listed its community awards and celebrations, as well as its centers and numerous university partnerships with area businesses.

  • In 2013, the Corporation for National and Community Service announced UHCL was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This is the fourth time the university has received the honor, which is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognizes colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice. UHCL was recognized based on its community service initiatives such as the Psychological Services Clinic, the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, the Small Business Development Institute, the Success Through Education Program and the Celebrating Our Elders scholarship program.

  • Recognized for its leadership and innovation in teacher education, UHCL was named sole recipient of the 2009 Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. The university was honored for the collaboration between its School of Education and local public schools, for its Professional Development Laboratory School, and for its measurement of its teacher candidates' effectiveness on children's learning. The Christa McAuliffe Award was named in honor of the teacher who died in the 1986 Challenger disaster.

  • The Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities has designated UHCL a Hispanic-Serving Institution. The HSI designation means that Hispanic students at UHCL make up 25 percent or more of the university's undergraduate enrollment.

  • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine ranked UHCL in the Top 100 institutions for Hispanics based on number of degrees awarded.UHCL's Master's degree ranking was 61st.

  • UHCL was listed as one of the Top 40 Master's Institutions in the United States for International Student Enrollment in the Institute of International Education's Open Doors 2010-11 Report on International Educational Exchange.

  • named UHCL's online MBA program as one of its Top Ten Best Buys in AACSB Accredited Online MBAs for 2010.

  • Modern Healthcare ranked UHCL as the top university in its' annual 2010-11 list of "Top Business Graduate Schools for Physician Executives,' which recognizes business programs that focus on physicians and the clinical aspects of healthcare.

University Milestones

  • During the state's 2011 legislative session, University of Houston-Clear Lake received approval from the state for downward expansion, which would allow the upper-level university to add freshman- and sophomore-level courses to its roster.

  • UHCL celebrated a major milestone during fall 2009 Commencement ceremonies when it awarded its first doctoral degree in Educational Leadership to Tina Farrell, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for CCISD. Farrell, a UHCL Distinguished Alumna, received her Master of Arts in Humanities in 1985 and her Mid-Management Certificate in 1993 from UHCL.

  • UHCL reached the 50,000 alumni mark during the 2009-10 academic year.

  • When fall 2009 graduating students were asked "Will you recommend UHCL to friends and family?" 92% of respondents said, "Yes." (Source: UHCL Graduating Student Survey)

  • UHCL Pearland Campus opened fall 2010 with enrollment of 530 students. In fall 2011, enrollment was 720. The new campus was developed as a partnership between UHCL and the City of Pearland to improve access to higher education for Pearland-area residents. Students can complete junior, senior and graduate courses in high-demand disciplines such as business, education and psychology. UHCL Pearland Campus shares its premier, 30,659-square-foot modern facility with Pearland Economic Development Corporation, which occupies 8,043 square feet.

  • Fall 2011 enrollment was 8,185, with 4,911 undergraduate and 3,274 graduate students. This is the highest enrollment in UHCL’s history.

Accreditations and Designations

  • UHCL has been designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities. The HSI designation means that Hispanic students at UHCL make up 25 percent or more of the university's undergraduate enrollment.

  • The School of Business maintains accreditation on its graduate and undergraduate business and accounting programs by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

  • The School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. This accreditation covers all of the institution's initial teacher preparation and advanced educator preparation programs. The School of Education is also accredited by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification.

  • The School of Human Sciences and Humanities' family therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education. The school psychology program is accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists. The Bachelor of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The graduate degree plan in behavior analysis is accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International.

  • The School of Science and Computer Engineering's undergraduate degree plan in computer engineering is accredited by the Engineering Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. The undergraduate degree plans in computer science and computer information systems are accredited by the Computer Accreditation Commission of the ABET. The program in chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society.

  • The Office of Career and Counseling Services is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services.

  • University of Houston-Clear Lake is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees.

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Last updated: 10/21/2016 UTC
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