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Information Technology Helps Students In Need of Computers

Thanks to the University of Houston-Downtown’s Information Technology Department, students who did not have access to computers now have this much needed resource at their fingertips to help them complete their online classes this semester.

With the COVID-19 pandemic and Harris County’s Stay at Home orders leaving students to finish the semester through virtual instruction, Information Technology came up with a program to provide students with used/retired computers that are in good working condition. Computers were provided to students based on data collected in the Student Needs Assessment Survey that was issued during the transition to online learning.

As a result, 224 all-in-one computers were distributed to students during the week of March 23. In addition, some students received WiFi adapters or USB adapters for their home Internet.

“Without the dedication of our many Information Technology staff on campus and remotely, the distribution of the computers would not have been possible,” said Hossein Shahrokhi, associate vice president of Information Technology.

The UHD Police Department is also assisting in the efforts this week as they have collaborated with IT to distribute computers to students who have requested them at the UHDPD offices.

“We are very appreciative to Chief Benford and UHDPD for their willingness to help,” Shahrokhi said.

Shahrokhi wanted to remind students to complete the Student Needs Assessment Survey if they haven’t done so already. Likewise, he wants them to be aware of the resources available through IT, including its Taking Classes Online and Remotely website that includes information such as how to get free internet access at home. Also, the IT Service Desk remains open 7 a.m. to midnight seven days a week.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

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 60,000 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 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.