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New Assistant Director of Institutional Research 
Scott R. Furtwengler, PhD, returns to UHD as the Assistant Director of Institutional Research within the office of Data Analytics & Institutional Research. Previously, he served as Assistant Director of Competency Based Assessment. He is a lecturer in Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences at the University of Houston, where he earned a PhD in Educational Psychology & Individual Differences, specializing in Learning & Development. He has served in higher education for over twenty years, predominantly as an administrator for post-secondary honors programs at several institutions, including Southern Illinois University, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, the University of North Florida, and as the Dean of the Honors Program at San Jacinto College in Houston. He has also served as the Director of Institutional Research at Brazosport College and as a researcher at the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD. 

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​​​​​​Memo: Fall 2021 COVID Caps
June 2, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, when we built the fall schedule (back in February, 2021), we did so with lowered COVID-caps in place for the on-campus classes. We noted at that time that we would collectively monitor the situation, and that we would elevate the caps for classrooms in the late spring and/or summer should conditions continue to improve. Not only have we recently experienced such improvements in COVID-19 cases at the local and state levels, but health officials and leaders expect that there will continue to be a sharp decline in new cases during the summer months.

On May 19, 2021, the COVID-19 Taskforce met and addressed the question of the COVID-based caps in the classrooms for Fall 2021. After deliberation, the taskforce sent the following recommendation to the president’s cabinet for consideration: “The Taskforce recommends lifting COVID-19 classroom caps for the Fall 2021 semester and widely communicating that decision as soon as possible to faculty, staff and students.”

The cabinet deliberated, and the president adopted the taskforce’s recommendation. Therefore, the caps for all classrooms will be reset by the Office of the Registrar to pre-COVID levels.

University Relations staff will work with Enrollment Management staff to communicate this information in an effective and comprehensive manner to students, so that they will be made aware of additional seats now being made available in Fall on-campus classes. Deans and Chairs, please work with faculty and staff to adjust the fall schedule accordingly. I would also ask that advising units in each college be informed immediately as well so that they can begin advising students accordingly.

Thank you all for your continued work to reengage our campus community this summer and fall semesters.​​


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​Book Adoption for Fall 2021 

Way To Go - Book Adoption Rates Are Up: 

​There is still time to turn in book order. Use the Follet Discover Tool, instructions are available on the IT website. 

Choosing Open Education Resources (OER):

In compliance with TX SB810 UHD's class schedules are now searchable for students with the ​'UHD-No-Cost Class Resources' ID. 

If your class sections for Summer of Fall 2021 meet the OER definition please notify your department class scheduler, and log in to the Follett Discover site to select 'Only OER material is being used for this course'. For more information on this designation please refer to the Provost's November Memo​

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Last updated 6/3/2021 3:39 PM