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Introduction to the Undergraduate Studies Catalog
The Undergraduate Studies catalog acquaints students with the policies
and procedures, rules and regulations, and responsibilities and rights
It provides answers to most questions concerning academic and administrative
requirements for admission, registration, retention, financial aid, student
life, degree requirements, and graduation.
All students are responsible for observing the standards and regulations
governing this institution as published in this catalog and in other official
The University of Houston reserves the right to change the provisions
of this catalog, including, but not limited to, degree requirements, course
offerings, fees, and listings in the calendar as necessitated by university
or legislative action.
Equal Educational and Employment Opportunity
The University of Houston is fully committed to the principle of providing
equality of treatment and opportunity to all persons in an environment
which appreciates and respects the diversity of the community it serves.
University policy prohibits discrimination in employment and educational
services based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability,
veteran status, or sexual orientation, except where such a distinction
is required by law, and to promote the full realization of equal opportunity
through an affirmative action program.
For more information concerning this policy, contact:
Office of Affirmative Action
University of Houston
153 Student Service Ctr 2
Houston, TX 77204-3020
Other University Policies
Information on other University of Houston policies, including the Academic
Honesty Policy, Student Life Policies, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention
Policy, AIDS Policy, Smoking Policy, and the Sexual Harassment Policy,
can be found in the Student Handbook published by and available in the
Dean of Students Office.
The University of Houston (UH), located in the nation's fourth largest
metropolitan area, is a public, urban institution of higher education,
chartered by the state of Texas. As a major comprehensive university,
UH is committed to four shared values: excellence, integrity, innovativeness,
and responsiveness in accomplishing the traditional triad of teaching,
research, and service. These together form the higher purpose and underlie
our three-fold mission which is designed to address the challenges of
an environment characterized by increasing complexity, diversity, and
The mission of the University of Houston is to:
Provide a range of educational programs that foster an intellectually
and culturally diverse environment that enhances individual growth and
development. Prepare a broad community of students (undergraduate, graduate,
professional, and non-degree seeking) to make lifelong learning commitments
that result in personal, social, economic, and community contributions
to an increasingly globally interdependent world.
Create, discover, disseminate, and preserve knowledge and understanding
by engaging in basic and applied research, scholarly and artistic activities
that benefit students, scholars, and external constituencies.
Serve as a major resource for local, state, national, and global communities
by applying scholarly analysis and experience to community problems.
Recognize its special responsibility to the Houston metropolitan area
by making the knowledge base and other resources of the institution
readily accessible to its citizens.
Shared Values Within the Mission
As its primary goal, the University of Houston is dedicated to becoming
a nationally recognized institution of the 21st century. The university
will anticipate and respond to changing demographics in an increasingly
diverse and globally interdependent world. It will use its resources to:
Meet the challenges of educating a dynamic mix of nontraditional and
Promote excellence within the context of basic and applied research
dentify and respond to the economic, social, and cultural challenges
affecting the quality of life in Houston, the state of Texas, and the
world through its education, research, and service.
Priority Areas and Associated Goals
Improve the quality of instruction and facilities to enhance undergraduate
educational programs in each academic unit.
Ensure that the quality of instruction and facilities results in high
quality, nationally ranked graduate and professional education programs.
Improve the quality of research and enhance the level of productivity
to qualify for Tier I stature among higher education institutions.
Build an environment that is inclusive, positive, human, and physically
accessible where all participants (students, staff, faculty, and visitors)
Outreach and Access
Increase the dissemination of knowledge and problem solving skills
between UH and society. Improve the accessibility of UH resources to
society in general and to the Houston community in particular.
Ensure the proper balance of growth, retention, and graduation of a
diverse, knowledgeable, and skilled undergraduate, professional, and
graduate student body.
Recognize the need for accountability at all levels by establishing
and maintaining comprehensive and systematic methods of assessment for
educational programs, institutes and centers, human resources, organizational
structures, and fiscal integrity.
Published by the
University of Houston
Office of the Senior Vice President
for Academic Affairs
214 E Cullen Building
Houston, Texas 77204-2019
Friday, May 20, 2005 - 10:45 AM