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UH-Victoria named one of the fastest growing colleges in US

November 11, 2018

The University of Houston-Victoria, which also maintains a campus in Katy, was recently named one of the fastest-growing public master’s universities in the nation, UHV officials said.

Based on an analysis of student population from 2006-2016, the Chronicle of Higher Education placed UHV 12th on their list alongside other colleges from the University of Texas and Texas A&M systems and Angelo State University. During the time in question, the UHV student population went from 2,653to 4,384 - an increase of 65.3 percent. The average enrollment increase for the 262 US universities on the list was 8.8 percent, officials said.

“I am pleased UHV received this recognition, especially in terms of the outstanding growth the university has achieved,” said university president Bob Glenn. “This trend speaks to the hard work of UHV’s faculty and staff. I hope to see the university maintain this positive trend for the next 10 years and beyond.”

The university is trying to accommodate the growth - expected to eventually hit 6,000 students at the campus in Victoria - building new facilities, including a university commons student center and a new residence hall. Groundbreaking for a new building expected to house science, technology, engineering and mathematics classes will take place this month. More than 800 junior, senior and graduate students also attend classes at UHV’s building in Katy at 2002 W. Grand Parkway North, UHV officials said.

“It is gratifying to see this steady increase in UHV’s enrollment over a decade,” said David Cockrum, the university’s interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. “As the university moves forward, will will take steps to continue that upward trend.”

One of the sources of the growth occurred in 2010 when the university began adding freshmen and sophomores. UHV also has added new academic programs, including a master of fine arts in creative writing and a bachelor of science in kinesiology along with graduate and undergraduate business concentrations such as human resource management, officials said.

“There are a lot of exciting plans in UHV’s future and we look forward to seeing them come to fruition,” Cockrum said.

mike.glenn@chron.com

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