University of Houston-Clear Lake

By: Diana J. Kleiner

Type: General Entry

Published: April 15, 2002

Updated: June 21, 2018

The University of Houston–Clear Lake, a graduate and upper-division branch of the University of Houston System, is located on a 487-acre tract bordered by the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center and Armand Bayou Nature Center, halfway between Houston and Galveston on the Gulf Freeway. It primarily serves the needs of the upper Texas Gulf Coast and the region's petrochemical and space industries. A council composed of the presidents of nine community colleges in the area advises the president. Established in 1971 and opened in 1974, the institution began on a fifty-acre tract donated by the Friendswood Development Company, a subsidiary of Humble Oil (later Exxon Company, U.S.A.). Renamed the University of Houston–Clear Lake in 1983, the branch serves a professional, adult student population, awarding bachelor's and master's degrees through seventy-eight programs in basic and applied research, programs for outreach to business, industry, government agencies, and the advanced technology of the region. Courses of study include programs in the liberal, fine, and performing arts, behavioral science, education, business and public administration, natural sciences, technology, computer science, and computer engineering, and the university operates a wide range of centers, institutes, and laboratories. Faculty and administrative staff were originally drawn from the University of Houston's main campus (University Park) and the nearby Johnson Space Center. Joint research efforts with the space center were conducted in space technology and health, resulting in the formation of the Research Institute for Computing and Information Systems in 1986. In 1991 university enrollment was 7,208 with a faculty of 412. In the fall of 2000 enrollment was 7,580, of which 3,946 were undergraduates, and the faculty numbered 514. The Alfred R. Neumann Library had a collection of more than 367,000 volumes, 1.6 million microforms, and more than 2,000 periodical subscriptions. Ira Kincade Blake became president in August 2017 following an extensive nationwide search.

Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

  • Education
  • Public Four-Year Colleges and Universities
Time Periods:
  • Texas Post World War II
  • Houston
  • Upper Gulf Coast
  • East Texas

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