UHD Technology Services Still Providing Computers, Equipment to Students In Need
By Mark Kramer
University of Houston-Downtown students who do not have access to needed technology for the Fall Semester can still receive help to obtain this much needed resource.
Once again, UHD Technology Services is providing computers, webcams and Internet access devices to students in need. To date, more than 328 students have been provided with equipment for their learning needs.
“The service we are providing to students has been well received, and is extremely rewarding to us in IT, knowing that we are able to assist students with remote learning who are in need of technology during these unprecedented times,” noted Said Fattouh, UHD Executive Director of Information Technology and Deputy Chief Information Officer.
Students requesting technology must fill out the Technology Needs Survey, which will be reviewed by the Office of the Dean of Students and forwarded to Information Technology (IT) for verification.
Eligible students must meet the following criteria:
- Currently enrolled for Fall Semester
- Have a need for PC, internet or webcam
- Could not have been an issued a PC during the spring semester unless the PC was not operable
Those approved will be contacted and may pick up their equipment from the IT Surplus Store, Room S819.
The computer distributions were first offered in March when the COVID-19 pandemic and Harris County’s Stay at Home orders left students to finish the semester through virtual instruction. Information Technology then initiated the program to provide students with used/retired computers that are in good working condition. According to Said, 335 students were provided with nearly 400 devices.
Said wants students to also be aware of the resources available through IT, including its Taking Classes Online and Remotely website. In addition, the IT Service Desk remains open 7 a.m. to midnight seven days a week.
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.