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University of Houston–Clear Lake

The University of Houston–Clear Lake (shortened to simply "UH–Clear Lake" or "UHCL") is an upper-level university located on a campus partially in Houston and partially in Pasadena in southeast Harris County, Texas, United States.

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.

History

Beginning in the late 1960s, the growing need for access to post-secondary education in the burgeoning southeast Harris County suburbs became increasingly apparent. The establishment of the Manned Spacecraft Center on the shores of Clear Lake in 1961 created a large aerospace industry in the area almost overnight. Academic instruction for this new high-tech workforce, especially at the post-graduate level, was critical for the area to develop the skilled personnel demanded by NASA and its associated private contractors. Although the University of Houston already had well-established science and engineering programs, it lay over north of the area on I-45. More immediately accessible educational facilities were needed, and with this in mind, the University of Houston undertook plans to build a satellite campus on a tract of land adjacent to the Space Center along Bay Area Boulevard.

UHCL was authorized in 1971 by the 62nd Texas Legislature as the University of Houston at Clear Lake City and began holding classes on campus in the fall of 1974. In 1983, it became an autonomous university separate from the University of Houston and truncated its name to the University of Houston–Clear Lake. Today, UHCL has the third-largest enrollment in the University of Houston System with an enrollment of about 8,000 students. It is the largest upper-level university in the state of Texas.

Campus

The University of Houston–Clear Lake is located on a nature preserve adjacent to the master-planned community of Clear Lake City. The campus consists of four classroom buildings: the Bayou, Arbor, Delta, and Student Services buildings. Additionally, the campus includes a physical plant maintenance facility, the University Forest Apartments, and the headquarters building of the Environmental Institute of Houston. Unbeknownst to many, the majority of the UHCL campus lies within the corporate limits of Pasadena, while only the part of campus south of Horsepen Bayou lies within the city of Houston. The campus sits in a bottomland hardwood forest adjacent to the Johnson Space Center and the Armand Bayou Nature Center and is home to a wide range of wildlife including alligators, wild turkeys, bobcats, and whitetail deer.

The vast majority of classroom space is located in the Bayou Building, which is the largest building on campus. It also houses the campus book store, several computer labs, and all of the university's science laboratories. The Delta Building houses the Computer Science and Engineering program as well as many computing labs and classrooms. The Arbor Building was constructed in 1971 and was the first building on campus. It is home to UHCL's acclaimed studio art programs. The Student Services Building was completed in 2005 and houses business and education classrooms. A large part of the facility is dedicated to student service functions, including the Dean of Students' office, the registrar, cashier, and financial aid offices. The Fitness Zone workout facility on the second level of the SSB has cardio and weight training equipment for student use.

Alfred R. Neumann Library

The Bayou Building is also home to the Alfred R. Neumann Library. UHCL’s only library, the Neumann Library contains over 480,000 volumes, 1.8 million microform items, and over 1000 journal and periodical subscriptions. The library has online access to over 100 subscription-only research databases and the Texshare interlibrary loan service which allows students to check out items from any academic or public library in Texas. Additionally, the library houses the university archives, which includes the NASA Johnson Space Center History Collection.

Academics

The university is organized into four schools: the School of Business, School of Human Sciences and Humanities, School of Science and Computer Engineering, and the School of Education. The School of Business has the largest undergraduate enrollment and annually awards more bachelor's degrees than any other UHCL School.

UHCL awards the undergraduate degrees Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Social Work (BSW). At the graduate level it awards the degrees Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA), and Doctor of Education (EdD). The EdD program in Educational Leadership, initiated in January 2007, is the first doctoral degree program offered by the university.

UHCL is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Many of the university's Schools and academic programs have individual accreditation through other governing bodies such as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

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Miscellaneous

  • While most of the student body hails from Harris and surrounding counties, UHCL annually enrolls over 800 international students.
  • Although UHCL has no sports teams, it's official mascot is the egret. However the students, staff, and faculty have adopted an unofficial mascot named Blockie, a cube with arms, legs, and eyes.
  • The average UHCL student (undergrad plus grad) is about 31 years of age.
  • UHCL is different from its fellow UH System universities in that it utilizes a Share Governance model of Administration in that major decisions of the University are made by a group of committees consisting of administration, faculty, professional staff, support staff, and students. The final decision on University policy is made by the University Council which consists the previously mentioned constituencies which is chaired by the President of the University.

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