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UTSA Strategic Plan Strategic Initiatives and Goals

In order to meet our vision and fulfill our mission, The University of Texas at San Antonio is committed to pursuing five strategic initiatives, encompassing more than 30 goals. All of the initiatives will demand the collaborative work of the entire university community.

Three foundational themes underpin these initiatives, and five areas for collaborative excellence are identified to guide our efforts.

Foundational Themes of the UTSA Experience

The three themes woven throughout the strategic initiatives provide a foundation for the UTSA experience. They represent skills and perspectives that we offer every member of our community.

Promoting diversity is a philosophical position that calls attention to the ways that individuals and social or cultural groups within a larger society view the world, express themselves, and relate to each other, and the intellectual and moral obligation of a society to understand and value differences among its members.

Globalization—the unfolding process of linkage among the world's peoples, societies, and economies, transcending regional and national boundaries—directs us to prepare our university community members with the technological, communicative, social, and cultural knowledge and skills, as well as the practical experience, that will equip them to lead and succeed in an ever more intensively connected world.

Transformative leadership is guidance marked by critical thinking, analytical and reflective evaluation, and the ability to effect positive change. This theme should be cultivated in the endeavors of our faculty and staff as well as in the educational experience of all our graduates through their coursework and their university experiences.

Areas of Collaborative Excellence

The five areas of collaborative excellence represent areas in which the University is further developing expertise and activities. While not restricting academic endeavors in unrelated areas, they provide interdisciplinary research and educational opportunities and expanded strategic alliances with external partners, both public and private. These areas take on different facets within different disciplines. It is the combination of views that provides the fullest examination of the issues and provides the most potential for finding solutions.

Health: The biomedical knowledge, technology, human resources, education, and policies needed for the maintenance and improvement of health, including fighting disease and the adverse effects of aging, are of critical importance in our global society.

Security: A pervasive concern for security that has broad implications in today's rapidly changing world demands the knowledge, technology, resources, and policies necessary to ensure a safe environment for individuals, communities, and businesses.

Energy and Environment: The challenges of ensuring the future availability of energy resources and a clean environment on a global basis while nurturing productivity require technologies, policies, and education.

Human and Social Development: Holistic exploration of human and social development through education, economic and policy development, technology, the arts and humanities, and the sciences fosters discoveries that nourish both individuals and society.

Sustainability: While facing the demands of our rapidly changing world, we must address issues of sustainability - the importance of preserving our resources, infrastructure, and heritage for future generations, while ensuring their present availability for all people.


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