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  1. For the past 25 years Texas Southern University has been a joke. The school has no real admission standards (no ACT or SAT required for entry), its administrators are constantly caught up in verifiable scandal, and the school is constantly in financial trouble. The article below id further evidence of this. The alumni who have gone on to succeed after graduation have probably done so IN SPITE OF, rather than because of the value of a Texas Southern University Degree. Barbara Jordan would be outraged and probably hanging her head low right now. I challenge all TSU alumni, administrators, faculty, students, and Houstonians in general to show some pride and demand better from this institution, otherwise I'm all for a "hostile takeover" by U of H or another state school. Drastic times call for drastic measures. ______________________________________________________________________________ Jan. 26, 2007, 12:58AM Perry orders regents to fix TSU finances 'Not happy' with the officials, governor gives them up to 45 days to plan By POLLY ROSS HUGHES AND MATTHEW TRESAUGUE Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle AUSTIN — Startled by the depth of Texas Southern University's multimillion-dollar financial woes, Gov. Rick Perry has ordered its board of regents to start making "tough decisions" to fix the problems or resign. "It can't be a Mickey Mouse deal," Perry spokesman Robert Black told the Houston Chronicle on Thursday. "It can't be a Band-Aid." In private meetings last week, Perry demanded that TSU's regents come up with a concrete plan within 30-45 days to start fixing problems plaguing the university's finances this year. Next week, the terms of three of TSU's nine regents expire, giving Perry the opportunity to name new members. Perry also plans to announce a blue-ribbon panel that will develop a long-term plan for TSU, including defining its academic mission. One fear, which the governor's office said it hopes to avoid, is that TSU would be merged into another university. Houston Democrats Sen. Rodney Ellis and Rep. Garnet Coleman underscored the importance of protecting the historically black university and keeping it independent. They noted its long history in shaping Houston's black middle class. "TSU is in the neighborhood where I grew up. It isn't just an institution I represent," Coleman said. "It's more than that. TSU represents some of the best of black Texas and black Houston." Ellis said he is a graduate of the university, along with political notables including the late U.S. Reps. Barbara Jordan and Mickey Leland and lawyer and former U.S. Congressman Craig Washington. Ellis, complaining that Texas' two historically black universities have been underfunded since their inception, said he hopes Perry's actions will prove positive for TSU. "I'm glad he's stepping up to the plate," he said. "Let's hope he's correcting that historical wrong." Yet, with TSU asking the Legislature for millions in emergency funds and financial help while its money matters are "in shambles," Black said, lawmakers are apt to lose patience. "It can't be the same old, same old. They're going to have to make the hard decisions to correct these issues," he said. . . Read the rest of the article here.
  2. https://www.houstonchronicle.com/neighborhood/katy/article/Start-in-Katy-finish-in-Katy-HCC-to-open-16185310.php#photo-21006032 Some walls are up, lots of dirt work done, can't see it getting any prettier based on the Chron story. Then again, I guess as long as it works, it's sufficient. Just wish they had shown a bit of imagination like the UH building several hundred meters away.
  3. Noticed a remodel permit the other day.
  4. http://www.hccs.edu/district/departments/procurement/bond2013/bond-projects/coleman-campus/
  5. http://wtaw.com/2015/09/11/blinn-college-sees-design-of-new-west-bryan-campus/ Slideshow presentation
  6. Would anyone happen to know what they are going to build here? They own a huge amount of land whoever it is and they demolished several structures. Is it just going to be townhomes or a multi-family building perhaps? It's this entire piece of land Screenshot 2014-06-07 21.18.20 by marclongoria, on Flickr There are markers all over the place plus these small signs that have numbers on them such as "3621" in the picture below: 2014-06-07 16.40.14 by marclongoria, on Flickr 2014-06-07 16.41.16 by marclongoria, on Flickr EdIt: Okay, so it's apparently HHC Dorms: http://swamplot.com/hcc-is-planning-a-student-dorm-building-too-at-alabama-and-almeda/2014-05-15/ Here's the latest article from Houston Chron: http://www.chron.com/news/education/article/HCC-central-campus-considers-student-housing-5514472.php Do we have a thread for this already?
  7. Work in Progress. Please Stand By
  8. I was cruising through Scotch's imgur album of Kyle Field pics and saw this. It looks like there is a basement component (or another pool) to the expansion off the old weight room area. This place was pretty nice when they opened it in '95, still would be if they kept it up. It's going to be a palace. Long way from Deware Field House.
  9. Some people were talking in another thread about the current "arms race" going on amongst major universities. Some of us are fresh out of college (or maybe still in school) who have seen the arms race first hand, others are older and have watched from a different perspective as their alma mater jumped into this ongoing competition for the finest facilities. What are everyones feelings on the arms race? Is it good for the schools? Which Texas school is winning this race?
  10. Lone Star College is slated to begin construction on a new Creekside Satellite Center at the southwest corner of Kuykendahl and New Harmony Trail. The campus will be just southwest of the new Creekside Village Center currently under development.
  11. Llewelyn-Davies Sahni to Lead Two Major Redevelopment Projects in Houston’s Midtown District Projects will make area around HCC Central Campus an urban focal point HOUSTON, TX (May 25, 2011) – Llewelyn-Davies Sahni (LDS), a leading architecture and urban design firm in Houston continues to lead two redevelopment / upgrade projects for Midtown TIRZ and Houston Community College in Houston’s historic Midtown District. The projects will include approximately 90 block fronts in and around the HCC Central Campus, major open space redevelopment program in and around the existing campus and construction of a major plaza in the foreground of the campus’s San Jacinto Building. “The work to be done is a significant part of the revitalization of Houston’s Midtown, and it will dramatically change the campus ambience at HCC Central campus,” said Randhir Sahni, president of Llewelyn-Davies Sahni. “The new look and new features will provide a sense of place with a sense of arrival, and become a destination for visitors and residents.” The Star Plaza, a magnificent outdoor area and perhaps the crown jewel of this redevelopment project, will be located on the HCC Central Campus adjacent to the San Jacinto Building currently under renovation. It represents Houston’s commitment to education, as the San Jacinto Building was the birthplace of the University of Houston, HISD and HCC. The new Plaza will include a replica of the San Jacinto Monument as the visual focus of a planned Star of Texas. In January 2011, HCC Board funded the redevelopment of the historic San Jacinto Building. The Star Plaza improvements will complement 90 block-front improvements on blocks adjacent to the campus and will visually reinforce the focal architecture qualities of the San Jacinto Building. The Central College campus of the HCC System is the largest landholding entity in Midtown Houston and has the largest international student enrollment of any community college system in the nation. The Central Campus—the first in the HCC System—spans 16 city blocks in the physical core of Midtown. These improvements will enhance as well as provide for the needed community open space and should stimulate neighborhood redevelopment. Establishing a destination for Houstonians may also bolster commerce in Midtown, and help revitalize the area while serving the needs of the HCC District and the students. Inspiration for this redevelopment concept was drawn from various world-renowned urban spaces which served as examples of how best to exploit street amenities and manage ground plane treatment while providing a superior educational experience. The Plaza will be the “lung” of Midtown and potentially inspire quality private physical redevelopment. Improvement plans to be implemented along Caroline, Holman and Alabama Streets will be funded by Midtown TIRZ by use of tax dollars. Improvements include upgrading the area from the back of the street curbs to the ROW line with features such as new trees, ground cover, new hardscape, signage, lighting and street amenities such as benches, trash receptacles, bicycle racks, banners, and other support infrastructure. Work on the $20 million project is expected to commence in the second quarter of 2011. Major improvements are targeted to be completed by 2014.
  12. Per Carroll Robinson's website at the link below, on November 5th, HCC closed on 9.177 acres of land on N. MacGregor at 288 for the new Coleman College of Health Sciences’ Medical Science & Technology Early College Charter High School (what a long name!). http://tinyurl.com/ld5l5md That parcel has been vacant for over 20 years. I think the last thing to be there was an old nightclub, and before that, there were apartments. Old N. MacGregor Way borders the property to the south and was closed and fenced off about 3-5 years ago. It's also one of the few places where you can see Brays Bayou's original path before it was straightened for the first time in the 1920s.
  13. I think there was once an HP building on this site that was demo'd a few years back but my memories are vague.
  14. http://nenewsroom.com/developing-north-houston-chamber-panel-highlights-growth-opportunities-p2198-1.htm "and of special interest in North Houston is a new campus in Aldine on a 61 acre site on Aldine Mail Route that would include an 85,000 sf building and 650 parking spaces. Development on this site would include other partners, to form a town center urban environment."
  15. According to HBJ, the Lone Star College system plans to implode two former Compaq buildings in their University Park campus. The implosion will be on September 18th and will take up to six weeks of cleanup. Lone Star cites the need for more green space as the reason for the demolition. Does anyone know which buildings in particular are being imploded? HBJ doesn't really specify. HBJ link
  16. I haven't noticed that. I know that HCC was talking of expanding the northwest campus, in that direction, at one time.
  17. Possible action on part of the HP/Compaq campus involving Lone Star College: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/6367464.html
  18. does anyone know what project is going on at this location? Yesterday construction was already on a second floor slab of cement.
  19. Does anyone have any memories from times in University/College? Any strange acts of vandalism or teenage stupidity? Any tips on how to stay in college? My sister is coming back from DePauw University (in Greencastle, Indiana) for Thanksgiving. She just graduated from Lamar High in Houston last May. She says that at DePauw a bunch of kids vandalized a deer statue donated by an alumn by making a failed attempt to saw off its legs. Then some kids rode the statue in the nude during Halloween.
  20. <rant> I have been pondering changing careers over the past few months, while making my own hours(days,weeks,months) is grand and the money pretty good, I like the consistency of having a regular paycheck and bennies. My goal is to learn advanced/technical spanish for translating in the medical center. From there, I intend on learning either Manderin, italian, along with some other languages for the same reasons. I've been having some serious roadblocks: The damned college hasn't called me back after repeated attempts over the past 3 weeks and its getting on my nerves. Makes me seriously reconsider doing this and seeing if I can do it without a proper certification, but that would hurt my cred (particularly having a hispanic last name) if I don't know how to say "colonoscopy" and say "endoscopy" or vica versa. </rant> I find myself in Red's position in debating whether I truly want the freedom of working the hours that I want (ranging from 20 hours to 80 hours weekly, depending on business), to a relatively steady 40.
  21. July 20, 2006, 5:04PM Concerns put UH's satellite on back burner Lawmakers and neighbor schools question need for northwest campus By MATTHEW TRESAUGUE Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle The University of Houston has been forced to delay plans for a satellite campus in the growing northwest suburbs because of concerns that the new competition could cripple neighboring universities. The proposed campus would provide upper-level and graduate courses on property now owned by Hewlett-Packard Corp., with a projected enrollment of more than 5,000 students by 2012. The university has agreed to buy the former Compaq Computers site for nearly $39 million. UH's push across town has irked some state lawmakers and administrators at Prairie View A&M and Sam Houston State universities, which offer similar academic programs near the proposed location at Hwy 290 and Barker Cypress. The complaints have prompted the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to postpone a vote scheduled for today. By delaying official action, the board informally instructed UH administrators to hold off buying the property. Before the board approves the expansion plans, several questions must be addressed, said Ray Grasshoff, the body's spokesman. For example, it's unclear whether the northwest suburbs need the proposed campus. A big source of discomfort among educators and lawmakers is the lack of analysis about how the UH campus would affect enrollments for existing programs. "I don't want to criticize access and opportunity to higher education, which the University of Houston says it is proposing," said George Wright, Prairie View A&M's president. "But I want us to be aware of the implications." UH leaders want an answer from the board by September, fearful that a longer wait would jeopardize the deal with Hewlett-Packard. The university plans to buy the property with state bond money, which requires the board's approval. Modeled after satellites The 47-acre site includes three office buildings, a manufacturing facility and four parking garages. The university intends to renovate two buildings for academic use and lease the remaining space for university-related purposes in time for the spring 2007 semester. The proposal calls for 44 degree programs in "high-demand disciplines," including business, education and engineering. Administrators plan to assign the equivalent of 90 full-time faculty members, including a dean, to the campus. There is no intent to create a free-standing university, officials said. Rather the campus would be modeled after UH's smaller satellites at Cinco Ranch and Sugar Land, which combined to enroll more than 3,000 students last semester. Two years ago, the university's governing board identified northwest Houston as the next place for expansion because of the region's surging population. About 1.4 million reside in the area, up from about 875,000 in 1990, a 60 percent increase. What's more, the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District is the third-largest in the state, and the two-year Cy-Fair College, which opened in 2002, already has more than 9,000 students. "This area is a huge area, and we're delighted with the opportunity for more upper-level courses within a quick driving distance," said Darcy Mingoia, president of the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce, which has endorsed UH's plan. Not everyone is so sanguine. Administrators at nearby universities are questioning the need for the new campus, as state funding is becoming scarcer. "This is a very expensive proposal, and there has been no sort of analysis about the need for an additional campus," said Charles Matthews, chancellor of the Texas State University System, which includes Sam Houston State. "I don't believe there is a problem with access." About 40 percent of the 2,500 students who attend Sam Houston State's satellite in The Woodlands commute from the area surrounding UH's proposed campus, Matthews said. It's a 22-mile drive between campuses. Within four miles of the proposed campus, Prairie View A&M operates a satellite, offering eight master's and doctoral programs in business, education, engineering and psychology with plans for more. UH has proposed to offer many of the same programs. Civil rights may be factor Overall, Prairie View A&M draws nearly 40 percent of its 8,000 students from northwest Houston. Another campus could adversely affect the historically black institution's enrollment and, therefore, its income, said Wright, the university's president. Wright said UH's proposal would undermine state and federal civil rights agreements of the past 25 years that called for Texas to strengthen and enhance facilities and academic programs at Prairie View A&M. Those agreements pointed to northwest Houston as the best place for Prairie View A&M to expand and diversify. "Given the anticipated population growth of Houston, there are probably enough students for everyone," Wright said. "But we are still, in many ways, an emerging institution, and we need time to grow." Several black lawmakers, including state Sen. Rodney Ellis and state Reps. Garnet Coleman and Senfronia Thompson, all Democrats from Houston, wrote to the coordinating board, expressing similar concerns. Donald Foss, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at UH, said he intends to meet with Wright "to find ways for Prairie View to thrive and serve the region." At the same time, Foss is not overly concerned about duplication because of the increasing demand for programs. He said the proximity to Sam Houston State's satellite should not be an issue because the area between the two campuses is densely populated, noting UH's main campus is about the same distance from UH-Clear Lake.
  22. I drove by this the other day and was rather impressed by the layout of this campus. Perhaps the nicest community college campus I've ever seen. It's won a number of architectural and landscape design awards since its opening 2004: Cy-Fair College Library / Commons http://www.aia.org/aiarchitect/thisweek04/...13scup_2004.htm
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