Newspaper poll names UHV Best College in Katy

KATY – For the second year in a row, readers of the Katy Times have named the University of Houston-Victoria Best College in Katy.

Karla H. DeCuir

More than 6,000 readers submitted votes for the newspaper’s 2017 All the Best special section, which was published on Thursday. The university offers many degree programs for transfer and graduate students at UHV Katy, 2002 W. Grand Parkway N., Building 2, third floor, in addition to undergraduate and graduate degrees at its main residential campus in Victoria and online.

“This recognition from members of the Katy community speaks volumes about UHV and its part in promoting higher education in the area,” said Karla H. DeCuir, senior director of enrollment management and external affairs at UHV Katy. “It’s encouraging to know that UHV Katy is seen as an asset and a leader in education.”

Although UHV Katy opened in August, UHV has a history of education and cooperation in the Katy community. The university has collaborated with Houston Community College for the past five years and previously offered classes at HCC Northwest in Katy and the former UH System at Cinco Ranch. All those programs, along with other locations in Greater Houston, have been consolidated to UHV Katy.

UHV has a reverse articulation agreement with HCC that allows HCC students who transfer to UHV to complete their associate degrees by taking UHV courses. The same classes also count toward earning a UHV bachelor’s degree. Program-to-program articulation agreements – also known as 2+2’s – across a range of degrees already are in place. The university signed a similar agreement on Tuesday with Lone Star College.

“The transition of the university’s Fort Bend County programs to UHV Katy was a big move for the university,” DeCuir said. “In the midst of that major change, UHV continues to be a source of higher education in the community.”

Vic Morgan

In addition to academic programs, UHV Katy regularly hosts events open to the public. During the 2016-2017 academic year, the UHV School of Business Administration Distinguished Speaker Series featured presentations by Sam Zavary, CEO of Exclusive Furniture; and Mike Rydin, CEO of Heavy Construction System Specialist. The UHV School of Education, Health Professions & Human Development also held education symposiums and hosted a tour group of Taiwanese students. In addition, the campus offers job fairs and open houses.

The newspaper award is more confirmation of what DeCuir hears on a regular basis as she works to strengthen relationships with other educational institutions and community leaders in Katy, she said. Everywhere she goes, people are excited to see UHV is offering programs in the area close to their homes and jobs.

“The Katy community is an important part of UHV’s mission to offer quality, affordable, accessible education,” UHV President Vic Morgan said. “We are grateful for the community’s support and look forward to continuing to serve its needs for years to come.”

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.