UHV is officially a four-year institution
In the fall of 2010 the University of Houston-Victoria will admit its first freshmen and sophomore class.
Gov. Rick Perry signed House Bill 1056 by Rep. Geanie Morrison, R-Victoria, into law Friday.
After five years of serious planning, UHV will now begin to recruit freshmen and sophomores.
"Hopefully we'll recruit our first 200 sophomores and freshmen who want to come and be pioneers," UHV President Tim Hudson said.
The signing of HB 1056 into law is just one key part of a long-term plan to build UHV into a destination institution, he said."We have innovative ideas to attract students to the university, we're in a wonderful location, there's quality of life and we have a terrific team ready to make this happen," Hudson said.
Morrison and Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, worked to get the bill through legislation. Hegar introduced an identical Senate Bill 567.
"I couldn't be more excited about the enactment of House Bill 1056," Morrison said. "With passage of this bill, I believe that we have taken a significant step toward increasing accessibility for the students in our area, as well as throughout the state of Texas."
The passage of the bill marks a milestone for continuing education in South Texas, she said. "It has been a long road, but I believe that the hard work and support of the community was well worth the time and effort," Morrison said.Becoming a four-year institution allows the university to recruit students who would otherwise not attend, Hudson said."The expansion is positive for the community," he said. "We will be able to bring in students who will hopefully stay and become model citizens.""I'm confident we can do it."