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Volume 72, Issue 55, Monday, November 6, 2006


Gogue: Future of University is prosperous

by Jamaica Negrete
The Daily Cougar

The University is growing academically and as a community, UH President Jay Gogue said Friday in his State of the University Address.

"With better resources, funding and students coming in, the future of the University is only going to grow and be more successful," Gogue said.

Gogue detailed the University's future, including the Master Plan, and lauded recent accomplishments.

"The Fall 2007 freshmen just admitted, have the highest SAT scores than any previous year, which means the quality of our students is getting higher," Gogue said. "This being in a year when the national SAT scores went down."

Gogue discussed the University's achievements by college.

The hotel restaurant and management program is No. 2 in the nation and has increased their enrollment and number of applications to the school. The Law Center was recently named number one in admiral law. The College of Education, Department of Psychology and Bauer College of Business have all haad a number of awards and achievements that UH can be proud of, Gogue said.

A new incentive program will soon be underway for freshmen, he said. The program would award freshmen who have completed 30 hours in their first 12 months, $500 at the end of the semester. If they complete 30 hours in their next year, then a sum of $1,000 would be awarded and so forth.

The University's safety was mentioned. The University has not had many problems, but Gogue said, "We have to be ever vigilant to keep UH safe."

The University's economic impact on the city of Houston was also discussed.

"With a 3 billion dollar impact on the city, we should be thinking internationally," Gogue said.

The Master Plan for UH called for an expansion to 550 acres over the next 20 years. With more dormitories, retail space and parking. Gogue sees UH becoming a small community for its live-in students and others to benefit from.

"We believe that our faculty should be involved; it'll bring a different type of knowledge and authority into the classroom," Gogue said.

The model of how UH could look in the next 20 years was presented along with a video of UH's impact on the city and how its community could look. 

The innovative resources and funding that UH receives for research will bring UH to a whole new level.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and Congressman Gene Green were also present at the President's State of the University Address.

Liz Ghrist, chairman of the board for the Houston Alumni Organization, opened the program by introducing gold and silver graduates. Recent graduates and current Cougars were also acknowledged.

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