President's One Main Message: Recognizing Faculty Excellence
Dear UHD Community,
The start of the semester has been particularly productive. This month alone, our University formally opened the College of Sciences & Technology Building, earned national honors for two of its degree programs and welcomed noted guests in higher education to our campus. And those are just some of January’s highlights.
I’d like to acknowledge those UHD Community members who worked hard to create an auspicious start to the spring session and are continuing to grow the University.
In this edition of the One Main Message, I would particularly like to recognize UHD’s talented faculty. Our professors, lecturers and adjunct instructors fuel the creation and delivery of high-impact curriculum that transforms our students into engaged citizens and valued members of the region’s workforce. Likewise, their innovative research, valued scholarship and creative passions inspire all UHD stakeholders to strive for success.
As January draws to a close, I know that faculty, as well as all of the UHD Community, will continue to support our institution’s progress throughout the year.
Thank you for your efforts to help the University reach new heights in 2020!
Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz
In recent weeks, UHD hosted Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Commissioner Harrison Keller and Board Chair Stuart Stedman. We also welcomed higher education veteran Dr. Ruth Simmons, president of Prairie View A&M University to campus to address the President’s Leadership Academy. Those visits are indicative of UHD’s increased visibility in our region and throughout the state. When a university attracts higher education leadership such as these individuals, it is a clear sign that great things are happening on campus.
The University was again recognized by U.S. News & World Report in its rankings of Best Online Programs. UHD’s online Master of Science in Criminal Justice Program earned two rankings, No. 21 among Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs and No. 14 for Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs for Veterans. Additionally, the University was ranked for its online bachelor’s programs. UHD also received an acknowledgement from The Chronicle of Higher Education. The University is ranked among the top public universities with highest percentages of fifth and sixth year graduates. These rankings reflect the efforts of faculty in support our students’ success.
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.