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University of Houston - Clear Lake
News Release
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Legislation: UHCL to Offer Freshman/Sophomore-Level Classes


Austin - State Senator Mike Jackson, R-La Porte, and Rep. John Davis, R-Clear Lake, joined Governor Rick Perry and representatives from the University of Houston System today at a bill signing ceremony in the Capitol for Senate Bill 324. The legislation, authored by Jackson and sponsored by Davis, will allow the University of Houston - Clear Lake to offer freshman- and sophomore-level classes as a four-year university.


"SB 324 will provide an additional cost-competitive opportunity for students seeking a quality bachelor's degree in their community," said Senator Jackson. "It has the support of local school districts, chambers of commerce and various businesses in Senate District 11. I applaud the hard work of Dr. Bill Staples, President of UH-Clear Lake, and the entire University of Houston System team who worked diligently to get this bill passed."


"Having UH-Clear Lake offer four-year undergraduate degrees, in addition to its graduate-level programs, will be an enormous benefit to area residents and should be an economic boost to the region as well," said Dr. Renu Khator, University of Houston System Chancellor and President of the University of Houston.


The freshman- and sophomore-level classes are scheduled to begin with the 2012-2013 academic year.


Mike Jackson serves as Chairman of the Senate Economic Development Committee and is a member of the Senate State Affairs, Business and Commerce, Natural Resources, and Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committees. He represents Texans in portions of Harris, Galveston, and Brazoria Counties.

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