As the University of Houston continues to make its mark in the annals of higher education, 2011 merits special attention. Our formidable undertaking to become a nationally recognized research university has been rewarded. UH’s designation as a Tier One institution brings with it an obligation to acknowledge not only the vision and hard work of those at UH, but also the steadfast encouragement and support of the city for which we are named. We are striving to become the great university that a great city deserves, to educate the enlightened leaders and to prepare the productive citizens that our community must have to prevail. We respectfully accept that responsibility, and what we share in this report is done so in the spirit of accountability. As Houston prospers in the energy industry, in the health care fields, in the arts and humanities, this university works diligently to reflect and reinforce such success. We are partners in progress. There is much to applaud in this report, but we do not seek such honors and awards for their own sake. They are signposts along the way as we travel toward overall excellence at the University of Houston. That journey continues.
When Texas voters approved Proposition 4 in 2009, our journey to Tier One was confirmed as a state-level priority. Proposition 4 established the National Research University Fund (NRUF) allowing approximately $500 million in state higher education funds to be awarded to seven Emerging Research Universities as they meet required benchmarks. The University of Houston has met all of these benchmarks.
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The University of Houston is ranked among the top 50 research universities in the nation by Top American Research Universities (TARU). TARU raised its qualifying bar in 2008, and in the 2010 report UH accelerated progress by placing three measures in the Top 50. We are committed to even higher levels of excellence. Our goal is to place five of the nine measures in the Top 50 with one of those in the top 25.
|Total Research x $1000||$84,490||104|
|Federal Research x $1000||$43,162||110|
|Endowment Assets x $1000||$441,725||45||Three
|Annual Giving x $1000||$73,214||50|
|National Academy Members||8||41|
|Doctorates Granted||231||54||Two on
|SAT/ACT Range||450–570/ 490–600||178|
The UH Energy Research Park (ERP) will house a consortium of UH engineers, scientists, business professors and students working with industry leaders to meet energy challenges of today and tomorrow. In 2011, ERP welcomed its first academic department, Petroleum Engineering, located in the newly-named ConocoPhillips Petroleum Engineering Building.
The Petroleum Engineering program began in 2009 with 20 students and has grown tenfold with more than $12 million donated from industry and private sources. It is gaining national recognition for a curriculum designed by faculty and industry professionals.
Our partnership with the Texas Medical Center offers new training opportunities for students in health sciences. A dual degree program with the University of Texas-Houston School of Nursing reserves 25 percent of the seats in each entering nursing class for UH students.
The University of Houston is listed in The Princeton Review’s Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition for the first time. We have earned this national recognition by making student success our priority.
|Freshman Retention Rate||77%||81%|
|Graduation Rate (6 Year)||43%||46%|
|Percentage of Freshmen in top 20% of high school class||46%||55%|
|Freshmen Acceptance Rate||77%||65%|
In 2011, we were named as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Our stellar faculty includes a Fulbright Fellowship recipient, Pulitzer Prize winner, Nobel Prize laureate and Sloan Research Fellowship recipients.
UH is moving into the future with the help of increasingly engaged alumni who are proudly engaged with their alma mater. In 2011, 18,000 alumni contributed $8.4 million to the university, more than ever in our history.