The unpopular decision to find a new popular name for the University of Houston-Downtown is moving forward. And we have a winner ....
(Not that it necessarily means anything.)
Results of a university-conducted straw poll show that Houston City University is the preferred choice of students, faculty and alumni over City University. Houston City University received 1,177 votes from current students, compared to 228 for City University.
The school's Board of Regents — which made the still largely unpopular decision to change UH-Downtown's name in the first place — is not bound to listen to the poll results though. The Board hopes that by changing the UH-Downtown's name it can create a new identity for the school that separates it from the University of Houston, the school it's often confused with.
Although the majority of voters chose Houston City University, it's not exactly a majority sampling. UH-Downtown has 12,742 students and 27,369 alumni. Voter turnout — like in most polls or elections — was downright dismal.
The Board of Regents are determined to change UH-Downtown's name to differentiate it from University of Houston (which is a mere five miles down I-45). The initial push came from former UH-Downtown president, Max Castillo and is now an issue for new president, William V. Flores.
There are rumblings on campus that the University of Houston-Downtown will not get an MBA program if the school does not change its name, but there's no evidence to back that view (at least yet).