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UH Needs To Boost Graduation Rates, President Says

UH President Renu Khator says she wants to improve the academic experience.

UH’s current graduation rate is just over 48 percent. Slide from the Fall Address, p. 18

Addressing a crowd of faculty and staff on campus, University of Houston President Renu Khator said UH has made great strides recently, but she wants to make the university even better.

One of the president’s goals is boosting graduation rates. UH’s current rate is just over 48 percent. Khator says it needs to be on par with other public Tier One universities, whose average rate is 71 percent. The university recently launched the UHin4 program, which offers students fixed-rate tuition if they graduate within four years. Khator says nearly half of this year’s freshman class has enrolled.

“We of course still lag behind, way behind,” she said. “But it’s a matter of time, I hope. The UHin4 program alone will move the graduation rate above the national average.”

Khator also wants to transition UH from a commuter school to a residential campus. University officials were criticized this year when they proposed a plan requiring all incoming freshmen to live on campus. That idea fell through, but Khator says 47 percent of freshmen are living on campus this year. Soon, they’ll have even more housing options.

“Four residential communities with nearly 2,000 additional beds are underway on the periphery of our campus,” Khator said. “We have begun to work with neighborhood leaders to see how the university could be more helpful in shaping our common future in the neighborhood together.”

The president says the increased housing close to campus will improve the academic experience of students. 

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