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Mission
The University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) is a dynamic destination university in the Coastal Bend Region of Texas. UHV serves the educational needs, promotes the economic well-being, and advances the quality of life for the university and community through teaching, research, and service excellence.

As a separately accredited university in the University of Houston System, UHV is dedicated to providing students with educational and leadership opportunities that empower them to be successful 21st century professionals and citizens in the global economy. UHV offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in four schools: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Education & Human Development, and Nursing. Fully-online programs complement face-to-face programs and allow convenient access for UHV’s traditional and non-traditional students. UHV also serves transfer students through articulation agreements with community colleges.

Civic engagement and service learning provide students the opportunity to make meaningful connections between their classroom experiences and their lives in an ever-changing and increasingly complex world. UHV enriches the region by offering economic development, life-long learning, outreach and special events, athletics and cultural experiences for the community.

History
The University of Houston-Victoria, founded as an upper-level, off-campus center in 1973, is one of four separately accredited institutions that comprise the University of Houston System. UHV is the only institution offering bachelor’s and master’s degree programs within a 100-mile radius of Victoria, Texas.

The original role of UHV was to provide upper-level and graduate programs for students within the Coastal Bend region. In 1978, the university was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1983, Senate Bill 235 was passed by the Texas Legislature establishing the University of Houston-Victoria with permanent status as a degree-granting university. The university was initially organized into three academic schools: School of Arts & Sciences, School of Business Administration, and School of Education. In 2004, the School of Education was renamed the School of Education & Human Development. The School of Nursing was approved in December 2007.

The Victoria campus includes the University West building, which was built in 1992 and purchased from Victoria College five years later. The University Center was completed in March 2000. A 13,000-square-foot addition to University West was completed in February 2004. UHV shares a library with Victoria College.

The university expanded its outreach efforts in 1996 when UHV classes were offered at two UH System teaching centers at Cinco Ranch and Sugar Land in Fort Bend County. The purpose of these collaborations was to expand access to quality higher education courses and programs to residents of Greater Houston. In January 2002, the George Building opened at UH Sugar Land. In May 2009, the Brazos Building opened at UH Sugar Land. The facility has biology and nursing laboratories for UHV as well as classrooms, conference rooms, multi-purpose rooms, and offices for faculty and staff from all four UHV schools. In addition, UHV classes in business, education and other fields are now offered at Houston Community College Northwest in Katy. Nursing classes are offered in The Woodlands at the Lone Star College University Center at Montgomery.

As technology advanced, UHV began to provide distance learning classes online and through Interactive Television. By the first decade of the 21st century, UHV had become a national leader in making entire degree programs available online. During that same decade, new programs were developed, and additional faculty members were hired as enrollment nearly doubled.

A major milestone was reached in 2005 when the School of Business Administration received accreditation from AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The School of Nursing received Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education accreditation in 2009. Counseling programs in the School of Education & Human Development were accredited in 2010 by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.

In 2009, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed legislation that expanded the university’s mission to include admitting freshmen and sophomores, a process referred to as downward expansion. During fall 2010, UHV enrolled its inaugural class of freshmen and opened its first residential facility, Jaguar Hall — part of the major transformation involved in making UHV a destination university. Also that fall, the UHV men’s and women’s golf and soccer teams began play. They joined joining baseball and softball, which began two years earlier when UHV fielded athletics teams for the first time.

By fall 2012, UHV opened its second residential facility, Jaguar Court, and broke ground on its first all-new residential hall, Jaguar Suites (scheduled to open fall 2013). Enrollment in Victoria increased beyond 1,000 students for the first time, and plans have been made to break ground in summer 2013 on UHV’s first new building on campus in more than a decade. The Academic & Economic Development Building will be located on Ben Wilson Street, northeast of the University Center.

With an overall enrollment of more than 4,300 students, UHV has been the fastest-growing regional university in Texas since 2000. Offering more than 60 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and concentrations, UHV provides a wide range of academic choices as well as some of the lowest tuition rates in the state.

Accreditation – Educational Standards
University of Houston-Victoria is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, www.sacsoc.org (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: Telephone number 404-679-4500) to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. University of Houston is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). To view the university’s current accreditation by SACS, please view: http://www.sacscoc.org/details.asp?instid=37120. The SACSsite providescomplaint procedures against the commission or its accredited institutions ( http://www.sacscoc.org/pdf/081705/complaintpolicy.pdf).

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.

Counseling education programs in the School of Education and Human Development have been approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling andRelated Educational Programs (CACREP), 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 510, Alexandria, VA 22314; Telephone number 703-739-6209, www.cacrep.org .

The baccalaureate and master’s nursing program at the University of Houston-Victoria is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education(CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, Telephone 202-887-6791, www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation.

Alumni Relations
The Alumni Relations department is responsible for building relationships between alumni, current students and friends of the university and preserving their connection to the institution. Alumni Relations offers a variety of value-added opportunities including networking events and various educational, cultural and sporting events. In addition, UHV Connect, a web-based community, is a free tool for students and alumni. For more information about Alumni Relations, please call (361)-570-4306 or email alumni@uhv.edu .

Athletics
The Athletic Department provides student athletes the opportunity to be part of a competitive intercollegiate athletic program through its membership in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and conference affiliation in the Association of Independent Institutions (AII). The department sponsors six sports, baseball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, and softball. UHV seeks student athletes who are committed to being successful not only on the field but in the classroom. It is the intent of the department, its administrators and coaches to provide a competitive and disciplined environment that will support student success. In conjunction with the NAIA, the department is committed to the Champions of Character Program, which promotes five core values in athletics: Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Sportsmanship and Servant Leadership.

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 be 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 an incident. If you don’t carry a phone, dial 9-911 from any campus office phone.

Keep Informed!
Check your campus e-mail account 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 campussafety@uhv.edu .

Campus Crime and Security Act
In compliance with federal law, annually, by October 1st, the university publishes and distributes the Clery Act Report, an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report contains campus security policies, crime statistics, fire safety statistics and other campus safety disclosure required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) for the most recent three years and is readily available to anyone -- students, employees, or other interested parties.The Safety Office will also mail a copy of this report to anyone upon request. To view or print the report, go to the Campus Safety Manual website http://www.uhv.edu/Business/CampusSafety.aspx and select Clery Act Reports.

Campus Incident Reports
On a monthly basis, the university publishes a Campus Incident Report which provides students, employees and the public with information about monthly safety and health, environmental, risk management, and security related incidents that occurred on the University of Houston-Victoria, including Jaguar Hall, Jaguar Court, UH System at Cinco Ranch, University of Houston Sugar Land, and Victoria College campuses. To see the most recent report, check yourassigned email account or log on to http://www.uhv.edu/business/safety/manual/Incident_Log/incidlog.aspx .

Community College Partners
Dual admissions programs are in place with Blinn College, Coastal Bend College, Houston Community College, Victoria College, and Wharton County Junior College. Course articulations are in place or being developed with Austin Community College and North Harris Montgomery Community College District. Each of these community colleges offers quality instruction in general lower-division programs and prepares students for baccalaureate studies. A student entering one of these colleges can work with a UHV advisor to complete a “2+2” degree program that will lead directly into junior and senior coursework.

UH-Victoria and the community colleges are separate institutions working in true partnership. Because of this cooperation, the people of the region enjoy the best educational opportunities without leaving their homes, families, and work. Information about admission, specific degree plans, and study programs is available at the admission offices of UH-Victoria and at each of the community colleges.

Complaint Resolution
In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education 668.43(b) Institutional Information Policy, institutions offering distance education to students must provide a grievance process and accreditation information.

UH-Victoria desires to resolve any grievances in a timely, confidential, and expedited manner. Students are encouraged to resolve the issue internallyusing the policies and procedures outlined in the UHV Student Handbook andCatalog. The “Student Problem Solving Form” is available to students through UHV’s eForms system (www.uhv.edu/eforms).

Students who are enrolled in a state other than Texas and are enrolled through distance learning programming may file a complaint with the state in which the student resides. The Student Grievance Contact Information for Individual States provides phone number, email and/or links to state education agencies.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s website for complaint process may be found at www.thecb.state.tx.us (Workforce, Academic Affairs and Research/Higher Education Institutions/Frequently Asked Questions).

For questions concerning the complaint process or the new U.S. DOE regulations affecting distance education, please contact Dr. Jill Fox, Director of Assessment.

Distance Education Out-of-State Authority
Included within U.S. Department of Education 668.43(b) are new regulations regarding distance education. One of the new regulations focuses on the need for institutions offering distance education to acquire authorization from any state where the institution has currently enrolled students.

For students with a mailing address that is not in Texas and enrolled in online classes at UHV, UHV must meet the laws regulating higher education in thestate in which the student lives. Currently, UHV does not have authorization to offer online classes to students who live in Alabama, Alaska, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Students living in one of these states are not allowed to enroll in online classes.

UHV is constantly monitoring state laws and inter-state agreements, and is also seeking authorization to offer classes to students in the above-listed states. Therefore, the list may change without notice. Please contact the UHV Office of the Registrar or the Admissions Office if you have questions about your ability to take online classes with UHV.

For more information about regulation of online university classes, please see the summary provided by the Instructional Technology Council .

Key Facts
UH-Victoria is governed by the Board of Regents and the Chancellor of the University of Houston System. Administrative responsibility is vested in the UHV 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 a comprehensive institution, serving students on campus in Victoria, at off-campus centers, and online. It has four academic schools: Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education and Human Development, and Nursing.

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.

Outreach and Partnerships
Small Business Development Center , located at 3402 N. Ben Wilson, is part of the largest management assistance program servicing the small business community in the United States. The Small Business Administration administers the program while implementation rests with each SBDC state or region through cooperative agreements with local universities. To fulfill its mission on strengthening small business by promoting growth and increased productivity, the UHV SBDC provides management and technical counseling and training to the area’s small businesses. In addition, the university’s SBDC provides information services and access to experts in a variety of fields. To support regional economic development efforts, the SBDC also forms partnerships with community organizations and local, state, and federal agencies to provide a focal point for broad networks of public and private resources at the community level. Phone: ((361))575-8944 or Toll-free: (877)895-7232.

LEAD (Letting Education Achieve Dreams) is a program whose mission is to raise the education attainment level of residents of the university’s service region. In response to national, state, and regional concerns and legislation, LEAD implements strategies aimed at narrowing the gap between work force needs and educational preparation by working directly with potential university students. Through collaboration with community colleges, high schools and community organizations, LEAD programs work to promote higher education, especially among historically underserved and under-represented populations. LEAD also serves to facilitate the transfer or admission of those prospective students into the university.

Teaching Centers
UH-Victoria offers degree programs in partnership with the UH System’s teaching centers; University of Houston Sugar Land Campus and UH System at Cinco Ranch. A number of UHV faculty and staff are located at these teaching centers. Additionally, UHV delivers courses to other sites within the service region.