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From the Office of the Provost: Three Things You Need to Know

At the recent Faculty Retreat to kick off the Spring semester, Dr. Deborah E. Bordelon,​ Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost, shared a ton of useful information.

We’ve boiled it down to three essential things that Gators need to know …

1. Student Success 
Are you a student who needs academic, financial, housing, food, transportation, or mental/physical health care support? We are here to help! Student Success means staying in school and graduating in a timely manner. Here’s how we are helping students succeed:

  • Academic Success Coordinators are assigned to every student to follow them through their journey at UHD, introducing them to career-enhancing opportunities such as internships and service learning as soon as possible. Academic Success Coordinators can also help with “wraparound services” by connecting students with UHD staff and resources to support their basic needs. 
  • When life happens—like not having reliable transportation or mental/physical health concerns—those things can easily get in the way of attending class, studying, and maintaining a school/work/life balance. UHD provides financial assistance, the UHD Food for Change Market, housing assistance, and support for other basic needs to ensure students can persist on their academic journey. Learn more about support services available to students.

2. Fulbright Scholarships
Interested in a Fulbright Scholarship? Provost Bordelon encourages you to apply.

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar and Fulbright U.S. Student Programs are sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to support academic exchanges between the U.S. and more than 150 countries around the world.

FACULTY: The next deadline to apply to become a Fulbright U.S. Scholar is Sept. 15, 2023. To apply, you must be a U.S. citizen. Contact Dr. Candace TenBrink, UHD’s Fulbright Liaison, at tenbrinkc@uhd.edu for next steps. UHD applicants must complete a Fulbright Notice of Intent.

“The Fulbright U.S. Scholar experience offers faculty an opportunity to deepen or broaden their research in ways that frequently are not possible stateside,” said TenBrink. “Additionally, the opportunity to build mutually beneficial relationships with the host institution are unparalleled. It can transcend the bounds of how one considers their research or scholarly activity portfolio.”

STUDENTS: For more information about the Fulbright U.S. Student Scholar program, contact the Office of the Provost at 713-221-8003.

3. Questions or Concerns? Visit the Provost!
Provost Bordelon now hosts open Office Hours for faculty, staff, and students in the One Main Building S950:

  • Second Wednesday of the month from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Third Tuesday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon.    

No appointments are necessary, but Provost Bordelon tries to keep each meeting to 15 minutes.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.