UHD Recognized for Persistence in Graduating Students
University Ranked by The Chronicle of Higher Education
By Mike Emery
Student success is at the heart of the University of Houston-Downtown’s (UHD) mission. Through a variety of initiatives and partnerships, UHD has steadily grown its transfer, retention and graduation rates. Such growth has been acknowledged throughout the region … and more recently, among national institutions of higher education.
The Chronicle of Higher Education recently listed UHD among the top 10 U.S. public four-year universities graduating the highest percentages of students by their fifth or sixth year. The recognition was included in an article titled “When 4 Years Is Not Enough, These Colleges Persist in Getting More Students to Graduate” published on Jan. 19.
The article states that UHD and other recognized institutions were measured in 2018 for their cohorts of first-time, full-time students who first enrolled in 2012. At UHD, the 2012 cohort totaled 1,157 students.
UHD ranked No. 6 in the article’s list of public universities and is the only Texas institution in the top 10.
Percentages cited include:
- Percentage of cohort who graduated in fifth or sixth year instead of four – 16.5%
- Percentage of all graduates within six years who finished in their fifth or sixth years – 80.9%
“This recognition is a testament to the hard work of the students here at UHD,” said Dr. Eric Carl Link, UHD Provost, “It also highlights the ongoing commitment the faculty and staff have toward student success.”
The recent Chronicle of Higher Education ranking echoes recent national acknowledgements, including the University earning its second year of U.S. News & World Report rankings for Best Online Programs.
“This acknowledgement by The Chronicle of Higher Education speaks volumes about the commitment of the UHD Community to supporting its students and ensuring they earn their degrees,” said UHD President, Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz. “It also is further demonstration of the determination of our students to who balance work, family, extracurricular activities, and classes. Their fortitude is commendable and certainly reflected within the data presented within this article and in the University’s rising graduation rates.”
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.