Advocate Editorial Board opinion: University's growth is positive progress

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Nov. 19, 2013 at 5:19 a.m.

For the past 40 years, the University of Houston-Victoria has played an important role in the Victoria community. Since its opening in 1973, the university and its staff have contributed to much more than education in the Crossroads.

Now, as UHV celebrates this important anniversary, we can look forward to more achievements, changes and growth in the future. At the 2012-13 President's Annual Report and Excellence Awards, UHV President Phil Castille presented information about past progress, current achievements and future plans.

Just in the past year, the university has seen plenty of academic achievements, some of which were discussed at the ceremony. The School of Arts and Sciences now offers an industry-certified, post-baccalaureate gaming certificate, and the School of Business Administration introduced a study abroad program in China. The School of Education and Human Development is working with Stroman Middle School through Victoria Independent School District's Adopt-A-School program to help improve academic performance, while the School of Nursing has become a member of the Texas Medical Center. Each of these are impressive and exciting developments to add to UHV's legacy in education.

All of this comes in addition to UHV's recent $4.23 million agreement to buy two apartment complexes across Ben Wilson Street as part of a plan to expand the campus. This "major acquisition," as Castille called it, is yet another step forward for UHV as it continues to grow and provide a quality education.

These are just a few of the positive steps and developments seen at UHV in recent years, and we hope the University of Houston system is paying attention. UHV is a unique university that made the move to a four-year institution only a few years ago. The growth and changes were handled with care and stability, and the university has become stronger because of this progress. The UH system should remember that the strategy for running a destination university like UHV is different from running a satellite campus. UHV is doing good work in Victoria's educational circles and other areas of the community. We hope to see the UH system supporting UHV's plans for future growth and development as it continues its work to become a destination university.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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