The six-letter word
Impact. I’m fascinated by the word. It’s only six letters long, but it carries a weight that’s hard to measure.
There’s the impact that one faculty member can make on a country by providing books to promote literacy. There’s the impact that a group of students can make in an economically distressed neighborhood by renovating dilapidated homes. There’s the impact that my two small boys make every day when they help me to smile, laugh and not curse while I’m stuck in traffic; it means I have a few more precious minutes with them in the car.
As we put this magazine together, this six-letter word seemed to appear over and over again. It’s in everything the university hopes to achieve with Tier One. It’s what our students and staff do all over the world in their quest for knowledge and their commitment to service. And it’s what we continue to do every day here in our own community.
UTSA makes an impact globally, regionally and locally. But along with impact comes momentum. The university is on a course to become a top-level institution. That doesn’t mean we’re starting from the bottom. What this university has already achieved in its short 42-year life is impressive. We offer more than 130 degree programs. We have hundreds of tenured and tenure-track faculty. We had $70 million in research and sponsored program expenditures last year. And our numbers keep growing. That’s momentum.
In the following pages you’ll learn about UTSA’s continued impact on the world, the city and, perhaps most importantly, on our own students and graduates. You’ll read, directly from our president and provost, exactly what Tier One means for all of us. And you’ll take a journey around the world to see Tier One at work.
I hope you enjoy the ride.