Sept. 7, 2011 – University of Houston Law Center Dean Raymond T. Nimmer Wednesday opened the year’s first question and answer session for students, faculty, and staff with a positive report on the State of the School.
He told the lunch hour gathering that new faculty members will soon be added and noted the school has moved to a smaller class size. With a factor of 10:1, the Law Center already ranks among the nation’s best in student/teacher ratio. He also said he hoped to hold the line on tuition next year, noted an increase in scholarship funding, improved employment services, and plans for internal building renovations. Nimmer also responded to questions about the school’s ranking by noting steady upward progress and its high standing in several categories. In response to a question about teacher accountability, the dean explained the school’s review process, ending with, “I think we have one of the strongest faculties overall in the country.”
A portion of the session was spent discussing the campus parking situation. University parking representatives suggested making better use of the Metro bus system as well as off campus sites, such as the Energy Research Park just south of the campus off the I-45 feeder road. The University runs four shuttles from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. from the site to the University Center. Removal of the “trailer village” next to the Law Center and the old metal “barracks” building will also add some parking spaces soon, they said.