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Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
Phi Kappa Phi is a national honor society that recognizes superior scholarship
in all academic disciplines at the university.
Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi has as its primary objective the recognition
and encouragement of superior scholarship. The University of Houston chapter,
chartered in November 1949, is the only honor society on campus that is
wholly university-wide and includes faculty members, administrators, and
undergraduate and graduate students in every division of the university.
Each year Phi Kappa Phi elects to membership a limited number of juniors,
seniors, and graduate or professional students who are of good character
and have attained outstanding records of academic excellence at the university.
Students interested in foreign study have a wide variety of resources
available to assist them with the study abroad experience. These programs
may be one of four types:
- Faculty-Led Programs, among which are programs in countries including
China, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and others, from
different UH colleges;
- Affiliated Programs offered by the Texas International Education Consortium,
the Council for International Education Exchange Programs and the University
Study Abroad Consortium. These include third party provider programs
such as American College in Thesalonikii, Schiller University, the School
for International Training, and American University in Cairo, or CAPA;
- Exchange Programs such as UH/Chiba and UH/Chukyo in Japan, UH/Monterrey
Tech in Mexico, UH/Selçuk University in Turkey, and programs
with Saintes, the Universidad de Monterrrey, Leipzig, and Hong Kong;
- and programs provided by other universities in the U.S.
In addition to materials available in departments, centers, and college
deans' offices, the Office of International Studies and Programs (Ezekiel
W. Cullen 501) maintains a resource library with information on programs
and countries and provides advising. All students going on overseas programs
should make plans early in their college careers (i.e., freshman year
or soon thereafter) and must register with the Office of International
Studies and Programs. Students interested in UH faculty-led programs should
also apply to the individual program at the different departments and
For information on study abroad, contact www.uh.edu/academics/intlstu/
Study Abroad Scholarships
Scholarship opportunities are available for students studying abroad.
International Education Fee Scholarship (IEFS) competitions are held each
fall (November 1) and spring (March 1) and are awarded for the following
two terms, including summer terms. This initiative, which was begun by
students to promote study abroad and to assist students in their efforts
to incorporate international study into their academic experience, was
subsequently approved by the Texas legislature for all Texas universities.
The scholarships are funded by the student body through a semester fee
added to students' fee bill. IEFS applications may be obtained from:
- College Dean's Offices
- Dean of Students (252 University Center)
- Student Information and Assistance Center (125 University Center)
- International Student and Scholar Services (306 Student Services Center)
- International Studies and Programs Office (501F Ezekiel W. Cullen)
- Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services (114 Ezekiel
- Scholarships and Financial Aid Office (27 Ezekiel W. Cullen)
- International Admissions (125 Ezekiel W. Cullen)
- Undergraduate Studies (209 Ezekiel W. Cullen)
For more information, visit www.uh.edu/academics/intlstu/
Office of Undergraduate Academic Development and Retention, Academic
Division Office: 713-743-9005
Director: Diana Velez, Ph.D., Princeton University
The Office of Undergraduate Academic Development and Retention
(UADR), which reports to the Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate
Studies, Academic Affairs, is responsible for the design, development,
and implementation of academic administrative and programmatic strategies
in support of undergraduate academic development.
To this end, UADR works closely with the University of Houston
colleges and professional schools, providing the academic units information
and assistance for initiatives that develop, enhance, and promote excellence
in undergraduate education at UH. Thus, UADR provides UH faculty and academic
program directors information, workshops, and professional support services
for the promotion of innovations in undergraduate teaching and learning
UADR also has oversight of the academic support services which
manage and develop projects as well as programs in the areas of student
academic advisement, retention, remediation, and assessment; the University
Studies Division (USD); the Scholar's Community; the UADR sections on
Developmental Education and Retention Studies; and Internship Resources.
In this area, UADR offers a number of professional development
programs for academic advisors that includes a campus-wide Academic Advisement
Certification Program as well as training workshops and on-line advising
support for students, faculty, and professional academic advisors.
Finally, UADR, through its divisions and the colleges, acts
as an academic resource center for faculty, academic advisors, and students,
as well as the Houston community at large through outreach activities
for the pre-collegiate school system, community colleges, and families.
Such services include the OnLine Parental Guide to Academic Resources
and a similar program for pre-collegiate academic advisors.
"Success Starts Here"
Division Office: 713-743-0720
Program Director: William Kellar, Ph.D., University of Houston
At most large universities, students often feel lost, like they
are "just another number" and not part of the traditional college
experience. The University of Houston has a specially designed learning
community program, the Scholars' Community, to help bring freshmen, transfer,
and international students into the mainstream of college life.
The program is a division of the Office of Undergraduate Academic
Development and Retention, Academic Affairs (UADR). Like the University
of Houston, the mission of the Scholars' Community is to help students
succeed. If you are serious about getting your college degree and are
willing to make a commitment to your eduction, we encourage you to become
a member of the Scholars' Community. Students who join the Scholars' Community
consistently earn higher grade point averages (GPA) and are less likely
to drop out of school than non-members.
The Scholars' Community consists of students who have made the
decision to join an academic community that is designed to help them navigate
through the required core curriculum and to feel more a part of the University
of Houston. The objectives of the Scholar's Community are to assist our
students during the difficult transition from their high schools or other
institutions of learning; to extend a support system within a large, urban
campus; and to provide a smoother and more efficient path toward their
Here are some of the things that make that happen:
- A home base on campus that includes a lounge, study areas, personal
lockers, staff offices, faculty, telephones, advisors, tutors, classrooms,
and counseling-a convenient, one-stop location where members can take
care of much of their personal and university business
- State-of-the-art computer laboratory for classes and personal use
- Scholars' Prep College Orientation and Survival Skills programs
- Specially designed class schedules that include required core courses
- Academic Support Network including academic advising, peer tutoring,
and required Mentor Meeting conferences (M&Ms) with assigned peer
- Small-group advisement and registration
- Course registration before the rest of the student body
- A virtual community on the Internet
- Opportunities to get to know other students
- ScholarsPlus program for second-year or sophomore students
- Activities and workshops to help plan your entire "college package"
including Internships, Study Abroad, Choosing a Career, and College
Majors and Minors
Admission to the Scholars' Community is open to all new full-time
freshmen, international and transfer students. Students can join only
before the beginning of fall semester by completing the on-line application
at our website or by applying
during the UH Summer Orientation sessions.
Language and Culture Center
The Language and Culture Center (LCC), housed in the Department
of English, provides intensive, noncredit, compensatory English language
instruction to undergraduate and graduate international students who have
not yet been admitted to degree programs because they must improve their
reading, writing, grammar, or spoken English skills to compete successfully
in the university classroom.
International Graduate Teaching Assistants who score low on
the Test of Spoken English (TSE), the Speaking Proficiency English Assessment
Kit (SPEAK), or other nationally standardized tests may register for LCC
6034: English for International Teaching Assistants and Faculty, a noncredit
course on English pronunciation and U.S. academic culture.
LCC courses do not count toward degrees, but do count toward
full-time student status for immigration reporting purposes and for calculation
of building use and student service fees.
For further information, contact:
University of Houston
Department of English
Language and Culture Center
116 Roy Cullen Building
Houston, TX 77204-3014
Cooperative Education Program (COOP)
Cooperative Education is a program which enables college students to
receive career training with pay as they work with professionals in their
major fields of study. Work experience in government, business, industry,
and human services enhances the students' academic training. This valuable
experience is documented on their official transcripts.
Most employers use the co-op concept as a recruiting tool. They tend
to fill their vacancies with graduates from their own co-op programs,
whenever possible, since they already know the capabilities and work habits
of those they have trained. Most co-op positions are offered on a full-time,
alternating basis with two students filling each job. While one student
works, the other attends school. They trade places each spring, summer,
and fall term. There are a few positions that are on a part-time schedule
throughout the year; these are known as parallel co-op jobs. Jobs are
available in most majors.
For further information, contact:
University of Houston
Cullen College of Engineering
Director of Cooperative Education
E316 Engineering Bldg 2
Houston, TX 77204-4009
The university and the Cullen College of Engineering seek to
provide increased opportunities for minority students. To implement this
policy, the college has established a special program called PROMES (pronounced
"promise"), the Program for Mastery in Engineering Studies.
This program provides support in the academic, social, and financial areas,
with a strong emphasis on making students' first year in college a success.
To that end, the incoming PROMES students enroll in special courses and
workshops. A course in problem solving and engineering guidance helps
them gain greater proficiency in the former, orients them to engineering,
and at the same time provides a formal setting for the new students' interactions
with PROMES. Academic monitoring, tutoring, general orientation, and where
applicable, career and personal counseling are all part of the program.
Financial aid for PROMES students is available through normal
scholarship and financial aid programs, grants, special scholarships for
PROMES students, and after the freshman year the Cooperative Education
Program. The program's annual Christmas party and spring awards banquet
enhance the campus social life of PROMES students.
For information, call 713-743-4222.
American Humanics/Nonprofit Certificate Program
Students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in the social sciences,
business, journalism, communications, kinesiology, or one of the many
other related academic disciplines, may prepare for professional careers
in not-for-profit youth and human service organizations.
By participating in and completing academic and co-curricular
requirements, students prepare for certification as nonprofit professionals
through American Humanics, Inc. (AH), a national nonprofit organization
founded in 1948. AH certification is recognized by 17 national youth and
human service organizations as well as a growing number of Houston and
Harris County affiliated agencies that provide internships and job placement
both locally and nationally.
Students enroll in elective and other courses that fit within
their chosen degree requirements. Competencies required for AH certification
are in the areas of:
- child and adult development;
- marketing and public relations;
- financial management and budgeting for non-profits;
- management of nonprofit organizations;
- fund raising;
- historical and philosophical foundations.
Co-curricular activities include volunteer opportunities and
community service; membership in the American Humanics Student Association
(AHSA), a recognized campus organization; attendance at the AHSA annual
retreat; and professional development seminars and workshops.
Academic advising and assistance in the certification process
is provided by the American Humanics Program Director, a project of the
Graduate School of Social Work, serving undergraduate and postbaccalaureate
Limited financial assistance is available through American Humanics,
Inc. for students who have actively participated in AH for six months.
For more information about AH and how to begin the certification
process, call 713-743-8137.
Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps
The Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) program
emphasizes the leadership and management skills that prepare cadets to
assume a regular commission in the active United States Air Force. Courses
and activities teach military customs and courtesies, core values, leadership
and ethics, and policy formation.
Air Force ROTC offers a pathway from college to many exciting
career possibilities as an Air Force officer: flying, engineering, intelligence,
computer systems, aircraft maintenance, management, etc. Scholarships
are available, vary in size and length, and cover tuition, books, and
fees. The maximum age for commissioning is 35. The university offers both
a two- and a four-year ROTC program.
The first two years of the Air Force ROTC four-year program,
the General Military Course, consist of one hour of classroom work and
two hours of leadership laboratory each week. Upon completion of the General
Military Course requirements, cadets who wish to compete for entry into
the last two years of the program, the Professional Officer Course, must
do so under the requirements of the Professional Officer Course selection
system. This system uses qualitative factors, such as grade-point average,
unit commander evaluation, aptitude test scores and physical fitness test
scores to determine a student's officer potential. After selection, students
must successfully complete a summer four-week field training encampment
at an assigned Air Force base before entering the Professional Officer
Course. Cadets enrolled in the Professional Officer Course attend class
three hours a week and participate in a weekly leadership laboratory lasting
from one to two hours.
In the Professional Officer Course, cadets apply what they have
learned in the General Military Course and at field training encampments.
Professional Officer Course cadets conduct the leadership laboratories
and manage the unit's cadet corps. Each unit has a cadet corps based on
the Air Force organizational pattern of flight, squadron, group, and wing.
Professional Officer Course classes are small. Emphasis is on group discussions
and cadet presentations. Classroom topics included leadership, communication
skills, and the national defense policy.
Once enrolled in the Professional Officer Course, all cadets
are enlisted in the Air Force Reserve and assigned to the Obligated Reserve
Section. This entitles them to a monthly nontaxable subsistence allowance
during the academic year.
The Air Force ROTC two-year program and the last two years of
the the four-year program are the same at the Professional Officer Course
level. However, the entry procedure differs. Entrance into the Professional
Officer Course is highly competitive and two-year applicants must be selected
through the selection system described above. Two-year applicants must
successfully complete a five-week field training encampment. The additional
week of field training for the two-year applicants prepares them for entry
into the Professional Officer Course. Two-year applicants are not committed
to the Air Force until they return to school in the fall and make a decision
to enroll in Air Force ROTC.
For further information, contact Colonel David Mintz at 713-743-4932
or visit the website at www.uh.edu/afrotc.
Army Reserve Officers Training Corps
The objective of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC)
program is to develop leadership and management skills. Upon completion
of the degree and the ROTC program, students may be offered a regular
or reserve commission in the United States Army. The university offers
both a two- and four-year ROTC program.
The four-year program is taken in two phases. The basic course
is taken in the freshman and sophomore years. It incurs no military obligation,
but it may earn physical education credit. Courses include leadership
and management with practical training in military skills and survival.
Veterans may be granted credit for the basic course. In the second phase,
leadership and management training are expanded. Students earn $200 per
month and attend a paid six-week summer camp following their junior year.
The two-year program consists of attending a paid six-week basic
ROTC camp in lieu of the basic course. Completion of this camp qualifies
for admission into the advanced course.
For further information, contact:
U.S. Army ROTC
Department of Military Science
University of Houston
3875 Holman St Rm 28
Houston, TX 77204-6014
Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps
Although the university does not have a Naval Reserve Officers
Training Corps (NROTC) unit, qualified students may participate in the
NROTC program at Rice University. The cross-enrollment program is an arrangement
between the University of Houston, Rice, and the U.S. Navy, represented
by the Naval Science Department at Rice University.
There are three NROTC programs leading to a commission in the
reserve components of the Navy or Marine Corps:
- A two-, three-, or four-year scholarship program leading to a commission
in the Navy or Marine Corps Reserve. (This program provides all tuition,
books, school fees, and uniforms plus $200 per month.)
- A two-, three- or four-year college program that leads to a commission
in the Naval or Marine Corps Reserve. (Uniforms and naval science course
books are provided.)
- A two-year scholarship or college program for juniors and seniors
(apply spring semester sophomore year).
Interested students should contact the NROTC Rice University.
NROTC Unit Houston Consortium
Rice University, MS 556
6100 S. Main
Houston, Texas 77001
See the course schedule for registration information.
University Off-Campus Institutes
Responding to the educational needs of the rapidly growing Houston
area, the University of Houston makes credit course offerings available
at locations away from the main campus and to enrolled students at home.
The University of Houston offers face-to-face and live interactive
classes at four locations in the greater Houston area.
- The North Houston Institute (330 North Sam Houston Parkway)
serves the educational needs of the growing north Houston community.
- The UH System at Cinco Ranch (4242 S. Mason Road, Katy) serves
the west Houston area.
- The southwest Houston area is served by the UH System at Fort Bend
(14000 University Boulevard, Sugar Land)
- and the far north side is served by The University Center (3232
College Park, The Woodlands).
Credit courses offered at these sites include junior, senior,
and graduate-level courses from selected degree programs. New courses
are added each semester, and proposed courses undergo the same rigorous
design and review as those offered on the main campus. Credit courses
are taught by University of Houston faculty members and have the same
prerequisites, content, and requirements as on the main campus. The off-site
facilities currently offer a broad range of courses that apply to undergraduate
and graduate degrees including collaboratively delivered programs in cooperation
with partner universities. In addition, courses in selected M.Ed. programs
and in various certification and endorsement programs are offered each
The North Houston Institute houses classrooms, instructional
television classrooms, a computer lab, conference rooms, and administrative
offices. The UH System at Cinco Ranch provides classrooms, conference
rooms, faculty offices, computer labs, instructional television classrooms,
a reading room, and administrative offices. The UH System at Fort Bend
and The University Center include classrooms, computer labs, instructional
television classrooms, and administrative offices. All sites can assist
students in admission, registration, and fee payment procedures.
UH Distance Education coordinates the delivery of courses
via Instructional Television and OnLine. Instructional Television (ITV)
classes are broadcast live on a closed circuit network to the off-site
locations and several corporate sites in the Houston area. Most ITV classes
are also taped and then broadcast on KUHT or cable or made available by
videotape for viewing at home or work. OnLine courses are delivered over
For further information about credit courses offered by UH
Distance Education, visit www.uh.edu/uhdistance
or call 713-743-3327. You may also call
- the North Houston Institute (281-405-4500),
- the UH System at Cinco Ranch (281-395-2800),
- UH System at Fort Bend (281-275-3300),
- or The University Center (281-618-7140).
Noncredit Programs and Courses
The Division of Continuing Education and Extension provides
a broad array of noncredit certificate programs, courses, and activities
at the main campus, at other UH System locations, and on-site for corporate
clients. Focusing on career and professional development, these opportunities
are designed to respond to the expressed needs of Houston's business community.
For more information about offerings, call 713-743-1060, or
visit or website at www.uh.edu/continuingeducation.
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