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(Feb. 15, 2010)--UTSA students have until Monday, Feb. 22 to enter videos in the UTSA Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) video contest. Prizes include Flip video cameras, a $20 Fast Pass for the UTSA parking garages and free meals at the Roadrunner Cafe.

Videos should illustrate the theme "knowing how to reason and think using numbers." Students can enter the QEP video contest individually, in pairs or in teams of three. The videos should be no more than 90 seconds long and must convey the theme in a unique way.

QEP is a requirement for university reaccreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). A SACS site visit is scheduled for this spring, and UTSA officials have been preparing for it for the last 18 months. The contest is part of a campus-wide QEP marketing plan to inform students about the importance of the academic initiative.

The QEP proposal selected for incorporation into UTSA curriculum is titled "Quantitative Scholarship: From Literacy to Mastery." The concept was publicized last fall at the annual student organization fundraiser, BestFest, with free t-shirts and water bottles with the tagline, "Decide with Confidence."

For more information, visit the UTSA Quality Enhancement Plan Web site.

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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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