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Redesign of UTSA Today adds features, reorganizes, freshens look

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(Oct. 29, 2009)--As you have noticed, a redesigned UTSA Today was launched this week. The design facelift brings a cleaner and new look to the site and reorganizes stories, along with some new features.

New features include a tri-display of lead photos that rotates automatically or when you move your mouse over a lead photo headline. Additionally, stories more pertinent to the campus community than to external audiences are moved to the right column in the new Around Campus section. Toward the bottom of the page, the new Photo Gallery will highlight special events each week. Also, on each story under the headline, there is a new Share This Story feature which allows you to e-mail or print the story or share it via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media sites.

A continuing feature is the Campus Spotlight section with profiles of student, faculty and staff achievements, research and activities, along with the familiar UTSA Today poll, events calendar and weather forecast. Favorite links of many faculty and staff members are moved to the top right of the page. Additionally, the UTSA newsletter-blog links and news links are moved to the bottom of the page. Tabs to the right of the logo include the UTSA Today archive, the Office of Public Affairs Online Newsroom and the Search feature for UTSA Today stories.

Another continuing feature is the ability to subscribe to Today stories via RSS feed; you can subscribe to all of the top stories or by category by selecting the RSS icon at the Top News or Around Campus sections.

There already have been many e-mails with positive comments about the redesigned site, but also a few reporting problems. Most of the glitches are solved, but as it often goes with a new site, more may surface over the next couple of weeks and will be fixed quickly.

One reported problem reported by FireFox browser users is that the tabs at the top of the page appear stacked vertically rather than horizontally. This can be solved by verifying that the latest version of the software, 3.5.4, is installed on your PC or Mac. Go to the Help menu in the software and select "Check for Updates." After downloading, be sure to close the browser and check for updates again until it says there are no more. (It can take several downloads to achieve this.)

There are no problems viewing UTSA Today with Internet Explorer on a PC or Safari on a Mac. The Mac version of Internet Explorer should not used because it was discontinued by Microsoft and has not been updated for several years. Consequently, the IE Mac version will display Web pages, but often the layout is distorted, text is missing and links don't work.

>> E-mail your comments and questions about UTSA Today -- along with suggestions for poll questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

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UTSA makes the grade with a strong core curriculum

UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.

For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.

Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.

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