While “the quest for Tier One” defined the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) under the leadership of Ricardo Romo, President Taylor Eighmy is responding to another mandate: to increase the number of students earning degrees that allow them to pursue their career of choice.
In this effort Eighmy has adopted “an aspirational lens that extends beyond Tier One designation,” he writes in an Oct. 3 letter to the UTSA community. Several themes stood out to Eighmy as he listened to university leaders, students, alumni, donors, and faculty, the letter states.
“We will continue to focus our efforts on the retention and academic success of first-generation and low-income students,” Eighmy writes in the letter. “At the same time, we will define and execute strategies leading to National Research University Fund (NRUF) eligibility and an R1 (highest research activity) classification from the Carnegie Commission as steps along our path to becoming a great discovery enterprise.”