UH is serious about AAU membership.
The goal of the 50-in-5 Program is a bold new initiative to advance the
University of Houston beyond a comprehensive research institution to
better position it for membership in the prestigious Association of
American Universities (AAU).
Judging by past performance UH management will ensure these goals are met.
Success in improvement of AAU metrics is clearly shown by the
“Members of National Academies” metric. These are top level researchers. They are expensive. They require facilities, equipment, and staff. The University of Oklahoma has touted its academics in recent years. While flirting with the B1G some of their people even think they are approaching AAU status. They had 1 national academy member in 2017. UH had 14. Texas Tech had 5.
Money from UH’s fund raiser was used to add 4 of those members.
OU had 2 Faculty Award members in 2017. UH had 7. Both of those metrics are used by the AAU in evaluating universities.
The endowment will continue growth. Fund raising has exceeded
$100 million annually for a number of years. UH will pass many schools
within a few years.