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) – the second-largest university in Houston – 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 more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).
For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.