HISTORY OF THE UCD
The Universities Center at Dallas (UCD) was established in 1994 as the Dallas Education Center (DEC). The UCD was the first Multi-Institution Teaching Center (MITC) for higher education in Texas and was established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to provide access to public higher education at the upper division and graduate levels to citizens who live, work and find it convenient to take their education in Downtown Dallas. The City of Dallas, the business community, and the Alliance for Higher Education partnered to provide opportunities for such access by establishing the DEC, which changed the name to UCD in 1998.
Three partnering universities offer a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs to meet the needs of our student population. Enrollment has steadily increased from 23 students in the Summer of 1994 to the current enrollment of 1,300 students in Spring of 2015.
Texas A&M University-Commerce is proud to announce that as of January 2015, all undergraduate and graduate degrees and course offerings through the UCD will expand to a new home, across from the current UCD, in Downtown Dallas, at 1910 Pacific Place. A&M-Commerce will be housed on 3 levels, with over 42,000 square feet of classroom and office space.
“The university’s expansion of our academic programs to Pacific Place is the culmination of our 20-year commitment to serving the educational needs of those who live and work in downtown Dallas. We are proud to be an important part of the vitality that is Downtown Dallas,” said A&M-Commerce President Dan R. Jones.
With the Pacific Avenue facilities, the university will bolster new and existing programs and offer additional programs with meeting spaces for alumni events. Over 16,000 square feet of space dedicated to the nationally recognized Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Visual Communication – with emphases in art direction, design, new media and photography – will be utilized for lecture rooms, open critique space, computer labs, letterpress, silkscreen and photography studios. The UCD location also hosts the Master of Fine Arts in Art with emphasis in Visual Communication, focusing on design business and teaching.
The Master of Business Administration is the most historic graduate degree offered at the UCD. The program boasts the largest number of alumni from any program at the Downtown Dallas location. In 2011, the MSA in Accounting was developed to serve the ever-expanding business sector in Downtown, and the Master of Science in Finance quickly followed, also offering a full degree with evening and weekend courses for the working professional. The Bachelor of Business Administration also serves those students who have completed freshman and sophomore level courses and degrees with our community college partners, to enable the working professional the ability to complete his or her degree while working full-time. The College of Education and Human Services has offered the MS in Higher Education with emphases in Administration and College Teaching for 15 years while also offering doctoral courses in the field.