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Provost blogs about academic life at The University of Texas at San Antonio

John Frederick

UTSA Provost John H. Frederick
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(April 27, 2010)--UTSA Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs John H. Frederick has begun a blog to share with the university community his thoughts and perspectives as UTSA's chief academic officer.

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"As much time as I spend meeting with people around campus, it's impossible to personally reach out to everyone. We have 1,600 faculty members alone at UTSA, plus all our staff and our 29,000 students," Frederick said. "But, it was important to me to be able to communicate with everyone here about our efforts to become a premier research university, and a blog seemed like a good way to do that."

Frederick plans to update his blog weekly with behind-the-scenes anecdotes and reflections on his own experiences, as well as stories about others in the UTSA community.

"I welcome reader comments on the blog," Frederick said. "I really want this to be a valuable and enjoyable resource for my colleagues in Academic Affairs and everyone else here at UTSA. So getting feedback about what people want to hear and read about is crucial.

"And I sincerely hope you enjoy reading it."



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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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