Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Good work leads to good news for UHV

By the Advocate Editorial Board
April 21, 2014 at 5:05 p.m.
Updated April 20, 2014 at 11:21 p.m.

The University of Houston-Victoria has received some good news over the past two weeks.

On April 9, a team of auditors from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges visited UHV for an on-site examination for the university's accreditation. The visit went well, according to reports from UHV officials, and the auditors only had a minor suggestion about staff credentials. The auditors were also impressed with the university's Quality Enhancement Plan, Jill Fox, UHV director of assessment and Quality Enhancement Plan co-organizer, said in a previous article.

The plan, called "Living and Learning: Teaming Up in Jaguar Village," offers a space in the Jaguar Suites dorm for freshmen to meet in peer groups. The program is geared toward encouraging freshmen to return for another year at UHV, and a study from the University of Washington showed that similar programs have had another positive effect of improving students' grade-point averages.

In addition to the positive visit from the auditors, UHV also saw a 40 percent increase in the number of freshman applications for next semester. This is an exciting development that UHV acting President Wayne Beran attributes to small class sizes, convenience and reasonable costs, as well as other factors. The university has also gained name recognition at high schools across the state, which helps recruit new students, according to Billy Lagal, manager of UHV student recruitment.

We applaud UHV in the wake of these two positive pieces of news. The university has seen its share of challenges during the past few months, but it is good to know that the university is still focused first and foremost on offering a quality education to its students and has earned positive acknowledgements from a national accreditation group and is attracting a growing amount of interest from students across the state and the nation. As the university continues to work toward better freshman retention and keeps up its efforts to become a destination university, we look forward to seeing it grow. UHV has been an important member of the Victoria and Crossroads communities for 40 years, and we hope to see that continue in the years ahead.

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



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