The University of Houston Magazine

Message from the Regents

With the recent prestigious designations the University of Houston has earned, it is clear that we are achieving even greater success. On the wake of being ranked Tier One by the Carnegie Foundation, UH has achieved another milestone in its path to excellence. The Princeton Review named UH as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, a first for our university.

While these honors are pinned on the university as a whole, it is undeniable that our students, faculty and staff are who fuel this success. World-class students and world-class faculty have put UH on the educational map — leaving an indelible mark in academia, business, law, the sciences and in society.

Jacob MontyThe success of our university is concomitant with that of our students. Our world-class students’ unrelenting efforts to succeed make UH’s achievements possible. They are not your typical college students, yet they are shattering expectations and perceptions by managing studies, work and family to excel academically and then to go on to have incredible careers.

One great example is the group of UH Law Center students who took on a pro-bono case in their Immigration Clinic. The case made it all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States and changed the face of immigration law through a unanimous decision in favor of the clinic’s position.

Another example: members of the Hispanic Business Student Association at the C.T. Bauer College of Business who, realizing the importance of higher education and of changing the lives of at-risk youths, host an annual Youth Outreach Day where nearly 200 high school students are given presentations on how to apply to college and for scholarships.

UH continues to back our students with much needed assistance from faculty and staff, and by providing funding to various centers of excellence. Bleak economic times and UH funding cuts have made this a difficult time for everyone. We have all had to tighten our belts. Securing dollars for student success initiatives, however, continues to be at the forefront of our plan for strategic growth. Working with Chancellor

Renu Khator and Provost John Antel, the Board of Regents remains committed to finding innovative ways of supporting our students’ initiatives and providing them with the tools they need to reach their goals.

While “student success” seems to be intangible, our students continually reach out and harness it. Our recent accolades affirm what we already knew — UH is a place where world-class students and world-class faculty come together to find the brightest minds among us and to reach for the stars. I invite you to get to know a UH student and contribute to student success either financially or by giving your time. We are the pride, and we are the University of Houston.

Jacob Monty (J.D. ’93)
UH System Board of Regents