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UH Sugar Land To Become Four-Year Degree Granting University

UH plans to complete the transition in two to five years.

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The Albert and Mamie George Building at the University of Houston Sugar Land (UHSL) campus (Wikipedia/Brian Reading)

Right now, UH Sugar Land does not grant degrees. It serves as a campus where you can take coursework to complete a program through the University of Houston, UH Clear Lake or UH Victoria. But that will soon change, as the University of Houston plans to open up to 22 degree programs at UH Sugar Land in the next few years.

Dick Phillips is the associate vice chancellor at UH Sugar Land. He says there are two main reasons for the transition, one being the tremendous growth in the Sugar Land and Fort Bend County area.

UH_Sugar_Land_-map.jpg(UH Sugar Land Map)

“And the the other is that the University of Houston is pretty much at the size that we intend for it to be. It’s right at 40,000 students, so there’s not a lot of intention to continue the growth there. And as Greater Houston grows, the University of Houston has a plan to meet the growth. And one of those is by bringing programs to where the student population is.”

Part of the transition includes moving courses associated with UH Victoria and UH Clear Lake back to their respective campuses. The UH Victoria nursing program will move to the University of Houston’s new Health Science Center. And a large part of UH’s College of Technology will be relocated to Sugar Land.

“There will be, undoubtedly, some faculty that would be located out here that perhaps are currently located at UH. But then also, with the anticipated growth, there would be new faculty and staff needed to be hired to meet that enrollment growth.”

Phillips, who is part of a steering committee that will oversee the transition, says they plan to hold community forums on the plan in Sugar Land and Victoria in the coming months.

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