UH performance report
states ranking for 2000-2001
Cougar News Services
The University recently released its "Performance
Indicators Report" for the 2000-2001 academic year. The report states the
the University and its rankings among
similar institutions across the nation among a host of different criteria.
Among those 16 "peer institutions" are
Arizona State University, Georgia State University, the University of Illinois
at Chicago, the
University of Pittsburgh, the University
of South Florida and the University of Utah.
The report was presented at a meeting earlier
this month of the UH System Board of Regents.
"As its primary goal, the University of
Houston is dedicated to becoming a nationally recognized institution in
the 21st century," the report
"It will use its resources to: meet the
challenges of educating a dynamic mix of non-traditional and traditional
students; promote excellence
within the context of basic and applied
research and scholarship; (and) identify and respond to the economic, social
challenges affecting the quality of life
in Houston, the State of Texas and the world through its education, research
and service," it
According to the report, UH has a three-fold
mission statement, which is to:
- "Provide a range of educational programs
that fosters an intellectually and culturally diverse environment that
growth and development."
- "Create, discover, disseminate and preserve
knowledge and understanding by engaging in basic and applied research,
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 (UH's) special responsibility
to the Houston metropolitan area by making the knowledge base and other
the institution readily accessible to
Among the University's other goals is working
"to ensure that members of the diverse communities it serves have access
to the full range of
educational opportunities it provides."
The report states that "since Houston is
one of the most globally oriented cities in the country, it is both natural
and important (that UH
provides) international education and
research opportunities to its students and faculty, and that it addresses
the needs of its partners
The report measures UH's performance in
11 separate indicators, including enrollment, student diversity, retention
of freshmen after one
academic year and the percentage of freshmen
who graduate within six years.
In 2000-01, UH's total enrollment by headcount
was 32,123 students, 528 less than the previous year. Students enrolled
in a total of
353,130 semester credit hours (the primary
driver of state formula funding), 667 less than in 1999-2000. Among the
peer institutions, UH
ranks third behind Arizona State and the
University of South Florida.
"In general, student headcount at (UH)
has increased over the past five years, though there was a slight decline
in total headcount this
year (1.6 percent)," the report reads.
"To maintain and increase our undergraduate headcount, (UH) is focusing
undergraduate scholarships and expanding
student retention programs such as the Scholars' Community."
The University is also increasing the number
of undergraduate course sections available in such high-demand areas as
math, the report states.
On the other hand, the total graduate student
headcount in 2000-01 declined by almost 4 percent from the previous year,
due to a
decrease in master's degree students of
8 percent (while doctoral and professional student headcounts both increased
to the report, UH is addressing this problem
by expanding financial support for graduate students.
UH ranked first among the peer institutions
in student diversity, the measure of minority enrollment, with 48.2 percent
of its student body
made up of blacks, Asian-Americans, Hispanics
and Native Americans in 2000-01, a 1.7 percent increase from the previous
In 2000-01, UH had 4,261 black students
(or 13.3 percent of the student body), 5,693 Asian-Americans (17.7 percent),
(16.7 percent) and 155 Native Americans.
In the same year, UH had a first-time-in-college
freshman retention rate of 77.6 percent, 1 percent more than the previous
year and the
highest in the past five years. The rate
has increased for all ethnic minority groups, which the report attributes
to such academic-support
programs as the Honors College, the Scholars'
Community, Learning Support Services and increased scholarship availability.
third in this criteria among its peers,
behind the University of Pittsburgh and the University of South Carolina
The percentage of UH freshmen who graduate
within six years is currently 34.9 percent, roughly the same as last year.
UH ranks 11th in
"With the University's commitment to investing
in increased student scholarships and continued support of retention programs,
it is our
expectation that we will see higher graduation
rates in the coming years," the report states.