Granting Future Pathways
Student success and community service are among the hallmarks of UHD. While a university’s academic expertise is essential in developing programs that help students and Houstonians, the institution’s reputation, outreach and teaching also benefits from grants. During FY2018, UHD posted a record number of grant submissions from faculty and staff members—an improvement of 30 percent over the previous year. Award dollars also were on the rise, increasing by 47 percent from 2017. The most notable grants received in 2018 included:
Howard Hughes Medical Institute $1 million grant to enhance diversity in STEM education. UHD was the only institution in Texas to receive this grant in 2018.
Gulf Coast Workforce Board $1.1 million grant supporting a partnership with the Housing, Entrepreneurship And Readiness Training (H.E.A.R.T.) Program to help adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities rejoin the workforce and continue to recover from Harvey.
Title V $2.7 million grant supporting UHD’s “Accelerated Transfer Program” aimed at providing students with enhanced advising, coaching and clear pathways toward bachelor’s degrees.
“These awards are impressive for their support of our partnerships with area agencies and organizations aimed at serving our community,” said UHD President, Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz. “They also reflect our University’s vision for the future.”
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.