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University of Houston-Clear Lake
News Release
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

UH-Clear Lake receives approval for downward expansion

HOUSTON — University of Houston-Clear Lake received approval from the state for downward expansion, which would allow the upper-level university to add freshman- and sophomore-level courses to its roster. Approval came after Texas Governor Rick Perry signed Senate Bill 324, which was presented by State Senator Mike Jackson. A similar bill, House Bill 706 presented by State Representative John Davis, had been approved previously by the Texas House of Representatives.

“Securing the authority for downward expansion is a major milestone in the continuing development of UH-Clear Lake,” said UH-Clear Lake President William A. Staples.

Although the approval gives the university authority for downward expansion, Staples emphasized that the next step in the process would be the determination of the feasibility and timing for the university to begin to offer freshman and sophomore level courses.

UH-Clear Lake was founded in 1974 as an upper-level university to support a growing Clear Lake community. In 2010, the university added UH-Clear Lake Pearland Campus, a satellite campus that allows students in the thriving Pearland area to complete their studies. UH-Clear Lake serves approximately 8,000 students each semester and proudly boasts more than 52,000 alumni.

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