In the decade of the 60ís, it became obvious to the citizens of the Victoria area that greater opportunities were needed in higher education: no institution within a 100-mile radius offered baccalaureate and masterís degrees. There were many junior college students and graduates in the region who wanted to continue study beyond the associate degree, and a growing number of people who had bachelorís degrees were anxious to pursue masterís degrees. Most of these potential university students had families and jobs in the area and would find leaving home difficult if not impossible. By April of 1969, an organized group began working to bring an upper level institution to Victoria.
After many meetings between Texas legislators and community leaders, approval was granted by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to establish an off-campus center of the University of Houston in Victoria. In 1973 about 100 students entered the newly opened University of Houston Victoria Center. Ten years later, in April 1983, Senate Bill 235 was passed by the Texas Legislature, and the center became the University of Houston-Victoria, with permanent status as a degree-granting university.
The student population has now grown to more than 2,600 students, and nearly 9,000 bachelorís and masterís degrees have been conferred.
In addition to degree programs, the university honors 2+2 transfer agreements with Austin Community College, Blinn College, Coastal Bend College, Houston Community College, The Victoria College, and Wharton County Junior College. Similar agreements are being developed with North Harris Montgomery Community College District.
The University of Houston-Victoria shares with all institutions of higher education the universal mission of teaching, research, and service. It shares with the other institutions of the University of Houston System a special responsibility to serve educational needs, to promote economic well being, and to advance the quality of life in the region.
The universityís most distinctive commitment is to make higher education accessible to able students who might otherwise lack the opportunity. Its most compelling commitment is to make the quality of education they receive nonetheless competitive. The university emphasizes student learning, related research, responsiveness to student needs, and collaboration in the development and delivery of academic programs. Outreach has characterized its mission and history.
The university is an upper-level and graduate institution with selected bachelorís and masterís degree programs in the Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, and Education and Human Development and Nursing. In cooperation with community colleges, which offer the first two years of instruction, the university provides an opportunity for students to complete baccalaureate degrees. At both the undergraduate and graduate levels, the university admits only students whose records demonstrate successful academic performance at the college level.
The university serves students on campus in Victoria and delivers instruction to other communities in the area. In collaboration with other UH System universities, it offers degree programs at teaching centers in greater Houston. It provides extensive course offerings, selected degree programs, learning support, and many student services entirely online.
In addition to degree programs, the university extends educational, informational, and cultural opportunities to the public through library services, outreach and professional development programs, and a variety of special events.
In reaching out to students online and on site in multiple communities, the University of Houston-Victoria is evolving beyond location. But though its identity may have changed, its basic mission remains the same: to provide able students, often with job and family obligations, convenient access to higher education that is affordable, credible, and relevant to their lives, their communities, and their world.
UH-Victoria is governed by the Board of Regents and the Chancellor of the University of Houston System. Administrative responsibility is vested in the President. The System consists of four public universities: the University of Houston, University of Houston-Clear Lake, University of Houston-Downtown, and University of Houston-Victoria.
UH-Victoria is an upper-level/graduate institution, serving students on campus, at off-campus centers, and online. It has three academic schools: Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, and Education and Human Development.
Undergraduate students are eligible to transfer to UH-Victoria after completing a minimum of 54 semester credit hours of academic coursework (with at least a 2.0 GPA) at an accredited institution. They may concurrently enroll at UHV and their home institution after completion of 30 semester credit hours.
Educational Standards Ė Accreditation
University of Houston-Victoria is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: Telephone number 404-679-4500) to award bachelorís and masterís degrees.
The UH-Victoria School of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB International, 777 South Harbour Island Boulevard, Suite 750, Tampa, FL 33602-5730, Telephone 813-769-6500, www.aacsb.edu, to offer both bachelor's and master's degrees in Business.
Location and Facilities
Victoria, center of the South Texas Crossroads in the heart of the Golden Gulf Coast, is a still-expanding historic city on the banks of the Guadalupe River. More than 150 years old, it is one of the first three towns chartered by the new republic when Texas won its independence from Mexico in 1836. Famous battles of the Texas revolution were fought at nearby sites.
Pioneer charm and high-tech industry mingle in the city of 62,000 inhabitants, near the Gulf of Mexico on a popular coastal route between Houston and Mexico. It is a short distance by car to Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and Corpus Christi. Victoria is the home of many petrochemical industries, such as DuPont, Alcoa, Dow, Formosa, INVISTA, BP Chemicals, and Equistar Chemicals. Victoria is surrounded by vast expanses of ranch lands, held by descendants of early Texas settlers, and offers economic as well as cultural diversity.
The University of Houston-Victoria campus includes University Center, completed in Spring 2000, which contains classrooms, offices, a state-of-the art biology lab, and media and computer labs; and University West, which houses classrooms and faculty and administrative offices.
UH-Victoria is the managing partner of the UH Systemís off-campus teaching centers at Sugar Land and Cinco Ranch. Additionally, UHV delivers courses to other sites within the service region. A number of UHV faculty and staff are located at these centers.
Building and Office Hours
Building hours are posted outside the main entrance of each facility. Individual office and departmental hours may vary, but are normally 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, unless posted otherwise.
Campus Safety and Security
The safety and health of the campus community is a primary concern of the University. However, a safe and healthful environment does not happen by chance. As a student and a member of the campus community, you must assume an active role in your own safety and the safety of others. Learn to observant and aware of your surroundings. If you notice suspicious activity or observe a crime, make mental notes of circumstances, descriptions, and times. Do not hesitate - call 911 or Campus Security! Never assume someone else has reported and incident. If you don't carry a phone, 911 can be dialed without coins from any campus phones, or dial 9-911 from any office phone.
Check your campus e-mail accont at least weekly! Your university assigned e-mail account is the primary way the University communicates information, such as general news, financial aid information, monthly safety information and so on, to you. You can access your e-mail account through a portal on the UHV home page www.uhv.edu. If you have a safety or security related question or want to report an unsafe condition or other security matter, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campus Crime and Security Act
In compliance with federal law, annually, by October 1st, the university publishes and distributes a Campus Crime and Safety Report. This report contains campus security policies and crime statisics for the most recent three years and is readily available to anyone - students, employees, or other interested parties. We will also mail a copy of this report to anyone upon request. To view or print the report, go to the Campus Safety website at http://www.uhv.edu/fin/safety/manual/Incident_Log/Incidlog.htm.
Crime Incident Reports
On a monthly basis, the university also publishes a Campus Safety and Risk Incident Report which provides students, employees and the public with information about monthly safety and security related incidents, training opportunities and other general safety information. To see the most recent report, check your assigned e-mail account or log on to http://www.uhv.edu/fin/safety/manual/Incident_Log/Incidlog.htm.