Dr. Khator spoke to regents, faculty and students, and said UH has come together with a dream of being relevant to students and community, the dream of being a Carnegie-designated Tier 1 public research university. She said enrollment, research funding, donations and the graduation rate are at an all-time high.
"Just a few years back, these destinations seemed beyond our reach, but your vision, persistence and hard work have succeeded in putting our university on the national map. We have achieved a lot, but have so much more to achieve."
The building boom on campus continues, thanks in part to the affordable cost of construction. Ten major projects were completed this year including the expansion of the Blaffer Art Museum. Scheduled to open in the coming year are renovated research facilities, two residence halls and another parking garage. One project that will soon get off the ground is the yet-to-be-named football stadium. Khator credits academic improvement to members of the faculty receiving national awards, and that has lead to the enrollment of higher achieving students.
"One-third of our freshman class came from the top 10 percent of their high school class, a steady increase since 2008. The class includes 34 National Merit Scholars, a number that has more than doubled in recent years, placing the University of Houston well above the top 50 public universities threshhold."
She added since undergraduate tuition did not go up this year, UH will continue to be one of the best values for Tier 1 education in the nation.