University of Houston-Clear Lake is committed to providing the most appropriate and effective academic direction, assistance and support for all its students. At UHCL, there are two types of advisers: transfer advisers and academic advisers. The Office of Transfer Advising aids prospective and incoming transfer students by providing a variety of pre-admission services and assistance with course selection before the first semester of enrollment. Similarly, the academic advisers housed within the academic colleges onboard and work with freshmen, post-baccalaureate and continuing students. The college advisers provide comprehensive services to help students through a period of discovery and transition by helping clarify personal and education goals; selecting or confirming their major based on interest and skills; connecting students to available resources designed to ensure success at UHCL; and, assisting with the creation of an academic plan.
College academic advisers are located within each individual college (Human Sciences and Humanities, Science and Engineering, Business and Education), as well as off-campus academic advisers located at the Texas Medical Center and Pearland Campus. The relationship between students and advisers provides the opportunity to learn more about educational choices and objectives, degree requirements, academic policies and procedures, and university resources. When preparing for an adviser meeting, students should set goals and plan to ask questions, to ensure academic progress and ultimate attainment of the university degree can be achieved successfully.
What students can expect from advisers:
- Adequate office hours and availability throughout the semester.
- Assistance with registration and course selections.
- Accurate information regarding degree requirements and degree plans.
- Assistance with evaluation of syllabi/course descriptions to determine acceptable coursework.
- Accurate audit of a Candidate Plan of Study (CPS), upon request, to determine the students’ progress toward graduation.
- Assistance identifying solutions to academic difficulties.
- Helpful referral to other university resources for additional assistance.
- Appropriate confidentiality.
- Respect, support and encouragement.
What is expected of students:
- Attend New Student Orientation.
- Learn who their advisers are and the location of the advising offices.
- Contact adviser before deviating from any requirements specified on the prepared CPS.
- Contact their adviser for assistance before the issue becomes urgent.
- Keep informed of their academic progress and their CPS each semester.
- Know the university and college requirements and policies that may affect them.
- Learn and make use of all resources on campus.
- Keep scheduled appointments.
- Follow through on adviser recommendations.
- Be responsible for planning course of study and fulfilling all requirements and procedures.
- Accept ultimate responsibility for personal decisions and actions.
- Respect and comply with deadlines and requests for needed academic documents.
Preparation for a meeting with an adviser:
- Check to make sure the adviser will be available and make an appointment.
- Bring a current degree plan.
- Have a list of questions and/or concerns to promote judicious use of time.
- Remind the adviser of previous discussions.
More information on Academic Advising can be found at: www.uhcl.edu/academics/advising.
Accessibility Support Center
The Accessibility Support Center provides institution-wide advisement, consultation and training on disability-related topics; collaborates with partners to identify and remove barriers to foster an all-inclusive campus; and, provides individual services and facilitates accommodations to students with disabilities. The Accessibility Support Center promotes each students’ learning experience by facilitating accessible programs and services for and fostering self-advocacy skills within the students with disabilities community. Accommodations include, but are not limited to, testing accommodations, alternative formats, assistive technologies, classroom access and sign language interpreters. To be eligible for services, a student must submit the online application form, speak with a staff member about their disability, and provide appropriate documentation that validates their request.
For more information on the Accessibility Support Center, contact:
The Math Center provides private and drop-in tutoring services to students enrolled in math or physics courses. The center provides a fully equipped study space with enough whiteboards and study areas to help you work and learn. In addition, the center also provides a program for first-generation students called “First to Succeed,” STEM related events and supplemental instruction.
Students wishing to use the center’s services may do so from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. in Bayou 2127, or from 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. in the STEM building study lounges.
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Student Success Center
The Student Success Center is a comprehensive academic resource for the UHCL student community that includes peer tutoring, supplemental instruction and academic coaching. The focus of the center is to help students enhance their academic skills in their current courses; whether, seeking remedial support or needing assistance with maintaining good academic standing. Additionally, the Center helps students manage their daily responsibilities through personalized guidance in skills including effective study habits, and efficient time management.
The Student Success Center works cooperatively with the Writing Center, Math Center, Disability Services, Career Services, Counseling Services, academic departments, students, faculty and staff to maintain a strong consortium of resources aimed at increasing student success, retention and persistence. The Center is open and free of charge to all UHCL students.
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The Testing Center is a student-centered and community-minded department that provides a wide variety of testing services to assist students, staff and community in reaching their educational goals.
The Testing Center is accredited by the National College Testing Association (NCTA), and is a certified center for PearsonVue, Certiport, ETS, CASTLE, Kryterion, and CollegeBoard. The center provides a quiet, secure environment with welcoming staff and fast check-in/check-out processes to ensure the testers are able to focus on their testing experience. For a complete list of offered tests please refer to the testing center website below.
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UHCL is committed to providing transfer students with a seamless transition between their former academic institution(s) and UHCL. Transfer advisers provide individualized advising to students and ensure they are selecting the right courses at their current community college or university for a hassle-free transition to UHCL.
Additionally, the transfer advisers are dedicated to assisting newly admitted transfer students throughout the initial enrollment process as well. To promote and foster an environment of academic success, UHCL has implemented a mandatory Transfer Advising Program (TAP).
All new transfer students must attend an advising session as part of TAP, ensuring a strong start to their academic journey at UHCL. The academic transfer advisers work collaboratively with new students to develop a realistic course load, and recommend appropriate classes for the student’s chosen major in the initial semester. Students are then transitioned from the transfer adviser to the college adviser of their chosen major.
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In the Writing Center, students, faculty, staff and alumni work with trained tutors on their writing projects. Tutors collaborate with writers as they analyze assignments and audiences, revise documents by clarifying ideas and structure, and learning stylistic conventions and editing strategies. The Writing Center offers one-on-one tutoring (both face-to-face and online) at UHCL’s Clear Lake and Pearland campuses, as well as a variety of writing-related workshops, tip sheets and other resources.
For more Writing Center information, contact the Writing Center: