University of Houston-Victoria

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Mission
(Approved 2/2017) 
The University of Houston-Victoria (UHV), a dynamic destination institution serving Texas and the world, is dedicated to providing every student educational and leadership opportunities to become a successful professional and an engaged global citizen.  Innovative educational activities challenge students to make meaningful connections between their learning and their lives in a complex world.  UHV promotes economic development and advances quality of life through teaching, research, and service excellence. 


History
The University of Houston-Victoria 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.

UHV was founded in 1973 as an upper-level, off-campus center 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, and in 2016 it was changed again to the School of Education, Health Professions & Human Development.  The School of Nursing was approved in December 2007 and transitioned to the University of Houston in fall 2015.  UHV began offering the BSN program under the School of Education, Health Professions & Human Development in fall 2016. 

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. University North building was completed in 2015.  The Texas State Legislature has approved Capital Construction Bonds and the preliminary planning has begun on a STEM building, with a projected completion date of 2018.  UHV shares a library with Victoria College.  The university also purchased Town Plaza Mall in July 2017, which will be renovated to house various offices, archives, storage space and spare class space.

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.  UHV classes in business, education and other fields are now offered at a teaching center in Katy.   

UHV was an early pioneer in providing 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. 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 baseball and softball, which began three 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, which opened in fall 2013.

With an overall enrollment of nearly 4,500 students, UHV has been growing quickly. Offering 70 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
The University of Houston-Victoria is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees.  To view the university’s  current accreditation by SACS-COC, please view:  http://www.sacscoc.org/details.asp?instid=37120.  The SACS_COC site provides complaint procedures against the commission or its accredited institutions (http://www.sacscoc.org/pdf/081705/complaintpolicy.pdf).  More inormation about SACS-COC may be found on the web (http://www.sacscoc.org/FAQTOC.asp)>  Correspondences with SACS-COC may be directed to 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia  30033-4097:  Telephone number 404-679-4500.  

The UH-Victoria School of Business Administration is accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) to offer both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business.  AACSB may be contacted at www.aacsb.edu or at 777 South Harbour Island Boulevard, Suite 750, Tampa, FL 33602-5730, Telephone 813-769-6500.

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

The University of Houston-Victoria Nursing Program has applied for accreditation through CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education).

Alumni Relations
The Alumni Relations Department is responsible for developing engagement between UHV’s graduates and their alma mater.  Alumni Relations offers alumni recognition programs and 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) 570-4869 or email alumni@uhv.edu

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 Red River Athletic Conference [RRAC].  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. 


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 Red River Athletic Conference [RRAC].  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 Carry
On June 13, 2015 Governor Greg Abbott signed into law Senate Bill No. 11 (S.B. 11), also known as the "campus carry" law. S.B. 11 amends Section 411.2031 of the Texas Government Code to allow carrying of handguns by license holders on college campuses beginning on August 1, 2016. See the Campus Carry website for more information.

Clery Act Annual Security Report 
The University is committed to providing a safe and secure university environment.  The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics (Clery Act) is the landmark federal law, originally known as the Campus Security Act that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses.

The Campus Fire Safety Right-to-Know Act requires colleges and universities to report specific fire safety information and statistics in residential complexes owned or controlled by the university.  For ease of reporting, all required elements of both reports have been merged into a single report entitled the “Annual Security & Fire Safety Report.”

Campus Police compiles and publishes this Annual Security Report on or before October 1.  The annual report can be viewed and downloaded from the Annual Security Report website.  You may also call (361) 570-4858 or email campussafety@uhv.edu and request a copy of this report.

Daily Crime Log (Clery Act)
The purpose of the Daily Crime Log is to record criminal incidents and alleged criminal incidents that are reported to the campus police or security department or through incident reports.

The Daily Crime Log is an “evergreen” document, in that when additions or changes are necessary, the existing file will be replaced with a new file reflecting the new information.

Visit the Daily Crime Log website to view the report.  A copy of the Daily Crime Log is maintained in the Department of Student Affairs and is available for viewing during normal business hours. 

Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act
The Drug Free Schools and Campuses Regulations (34 CFR Part 86) of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) require an institution of higher education such as the University of Houston-Victoria to certify it has adopted and implemented programs to prevent the abuse of alcohol and use or distribution of illicit drugs both by students and employees both on its premises and as part of any of its activities.

The University acknowledges its obligation to be in compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, and conducts a biennial review to determine if the University fulfills the requirements of these Federal regulations.  The Division of Student Affairs, together with Student Life & Services, Safety Office, Human Resources/Affirmative Action, is responsible for conducting the review and reporting on the findings. The document summarizing the latest biennial review is available on the Campus Safety Manual website [“Biennial Alcohol and Other Drug Review”].


Community College Partners
Dual admissions programs are in place with Blinn College, Coastal Bend College, Houston Community College, Victoria College, Wharton County Junior College, and Lone Star 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. 

UHV 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 UHV and at each of the community colleges.


Complaint Resolution
Student Complaints
To provide a supportive learning environment both inside and outside the classroom for all students, UHV has multiple mechanisms available to students to address any concerns about their educational experiences both inside and outside the classroom.

Informal Student Complaints
Informal complaints about functions, processes, personnel or other members of the university community are typically handled through the normal administrative chain.  Students who are unsure of the appropriate chain of command may contact the Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Jay Lambert, who will assist the student in directing the complaint.  Students can call 361-570-4290 or send an email

Formal Student Complaints
Some types of student complaints require formal processes to resolve.  The descriptions below should help students to determine which formal process to follow.  If students still have questions, they can contact Dr. Jay Lambert for assistance. 

Academic Course or Faculty Concerns
Students who have concerns about an academic course or faculty member should address those concerns informally with the academic school that is offering the course(s), beginning with the faculty member.  If students cannot resolve the situation informally, they should follow the appropriate procedure as outlined by the school.

School of Arts and Sciences

School of Business Administration

School of Education, Health Professions, and Human Development

Grade appeals can be managed by submitting a grade appeal and following the guidelines as published in the Student Handbook under the section titled “Academic Sanctions and Appeals.”

Student Complaints – Non-Anonymous
Students who don’t wish to remain anonymous and who have tried to resolve an issue informally through the normal administrative chain can submit an electronic formal complaint through the student eForms system and it will be routed to the appropriate administrator for response and resolution.  This system will not accept anonymous complaints from students.  Submit a complaint through the eForms system now.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s website for complaint process may be found at www.thecb.state.tx.us.

Complaint Process for Out-of-State Online Students
Students who are enrolled in online courses or programs and who do not live in Texas may resolve grievances according to the same process described above. If a resolution is not achieved, the student may file a complaint with the Texas State Portal Agency for the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. Contact information can be found at http://nc-sara.org/states/texas. For questions concerning the complaint process or the new U.S. DOE regulations affecting distance education, please contact the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.


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.  The Victoria area 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 land, 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; University West, which houses classrooms and faculty and administrative offices; and the University North Building, providing office, event and academic spaces.

UHV offers many of its programs in the Houston area at the UHV Katy location.  A number of UHV faculty and staff are located there.  Additionally, UHV delivers courses to other sites within the service region.

Outreach and Partnerships
Small Business Development Center
, located in the University North Building, 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) 485-4485 or Toll-free: (877) 895-7232.  Email:  sbdc@uhv.edu

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
UHV offers many of its programs in the Houston area at the UHV Katy location.  A number of UHV faculty and staff are located there.  Additionally, UHV delivers courses to other sites within the service region.