The Office of Academic Affairs is responsible for overseeing the University's total educational program including:
- Curriculum development
- Academic standards in the colleges of the University
- Supervision of the library
- Continuing education, sponsored programs
- Academic advising and placement
- Publication of the Handbook for Faculty.
The University Academic Affairs Council is a voting body, which makes formal recommendations to the president on all policy matters having direct impact on the academic environment. The Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost serves as the council's chair.
The Provost serves on the University of Houston System’s Provosts’ Council, which reviews all new program proposals coming from the component universities of the UH System and oversees those system-wide academic initiatives. The Provost meets regularly with the Academic Deans Council, which functions in advisory body on all academic matters.
The University of Houston-Downtown has five innovative, degree-granting colleges:
If you are considering graduate school, peruse our various
graduate programs to learn how you can attain your post-baccalaureate degree. Our graduate degrees include:
Other Components of Academic Affairs
W. I. Dykes Library
The W. I. Dykes Library is located on the fourth and fifth floor of the historic One Main Building. The library provides books, journals, and audiovisual materials to meet lifelong learning needs of the faculty, staff, and students of UHD. In addition to UHD resources, we offer full borrowing privileges at the libraries at the other University of Houston System campuses.
International & Study Abroad Programs
The Office of International & Study Abroad Programs helps support the University’s international initiatives through the collection and distribution of information, and by overseeing UHD Study Abroad Scholarship program.
The Office of Institutional Effectiveness exists to support units throughout the university in their continuing efforts to accomplish UHD's mission.
The mission of the Office of Institutional Research (IR) is to effectively and efficiently provide the planning and institutional research support needed by the University.
Office of Distance Education
As part of our commitment to increasing access to higher education, we offer students courses and programs at various sites in the Houston metropolitan area and online. These sites include:
- UHD Northwest at Lone Star College - University Park
- UHD at Lone Star College - CyFair
- UHD at Lone Star College - Kingwood
The university utilizes Blackboard Learn for delivery of online courses, as well as to support delivery of instruction in on-campus courses.
The Division of Continuing Education is dedicated to improving student academics and career development. Our programs are effective, and designed to deliver the most for your time investment.
The Division consists of the following four units:
Office of Research & Sponsored Research
The Office of Research & Sponsored Programs provide encouragement and assistance to faculty and staff who engages in sponsored research intended to extend knowledge for the University community, and the greater community that the institution serves.
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