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(May 13, 2010)--The special advisory group formed last year to carefully study the feasibility of merging The University of Texas at San Antonio and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio today (May 13) presented its report to the UT System Board of Regents.

Peter T. Flawn, president emeritus of UT Austin, former president of UT San Antonio and chair of the special advisory group, presented the group's report and recommendations at a meeting of the Board of Regents in Austin.

The group's conclusion is that there is no compelling reason for, and no compelling cost benefit from, merging the two institutions, and the group found no evidence to support changing the board's 2002 decision not to merge the institutions. Key findings include:

  • UT San Antonio has the potential to become a nationally competitive research university.
  • A merger may advance UT San Antonio toward national stature, but the merger's effect in that regard would be marginal at best; rather, that advancement is largely dependent on the quality of students and faculty and the level of funding.
  • A merger would have a significant detrimental near-term effect on the UT Health Science Center - San Antonio as a result of the costs, conflicts, disruptions and distractions during the three to five years required for implementation and integration, as well as a negative impact on philanthropy in support of the health science center.
  • Both institutions have visionary leadership and are on a strong, positive trajectory, and a merger would effectively delay achievement of their mutual goals of attaining national stature.

The special advisory group also put forth a series of recommendations for the Board of Regents to consider:

  • The Board of Regents should not act to merge UT San Antonio and UT Health Science Center - San Antonio into a single institution.
  • The board should continue to support the growth and development of UT San Antonio's graduate and research programs, particularly through additional collaborations among UT San Antonio, UT Health Science Center - San Antonio and other institutions.
  • The board should develop a plan to organize, expand and fund the San Antonio Life Sciences Institute (SALSI) as an effective vehicle to advance UT San Antonio's graduate and research programs as well as the scientific goals of UT Health Science Center - San Antonio.
  • The board should actively support UT Health Science Center at San Antonio's role in the development of San Antonio as a leading national medical center.

>> Download the full report (PDF document).

Following Flawn's presentation of the report and discussion of several aspects of the group's findings, the Board of Regents accepted the report for further study and consultation.

"It is clearly apparent to the board that the special advisory group feels strongly that each institution remain on its respective individual course to further enhance excellence in its mission and service to students," Regents' Chairman Colleen McHugh said. "On behalf of the board, I would like to extend our sincere appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Flawn and the prestigious members of the special advisory group for their hard work and diligence in carefully reviewing the feasibility of merging these two vitally important institutions in San Antonio."

In October 2009, the special group was charged with consulting with students, faculty and administrators from both institutions as well as community leaders with regard to the proposed operational changes; identifying and evaluating potential financial and programmatic benefits and challenges related to a merger; and evaluating and making recommendations concerning legal, administrative and/or practical problems with regard to a merger.

The group conducted meetings in Austin and San Antonio, consulted with UT System officials, interviewed administrators, faculty and student leadership at both institutions and met with business, academic and political leaders.

The University of Texas System is one of the nation's largest higher education systems with nine academic campuses and six health institutions. The UT System has an annual operating budget of $11.9 billion (FY 2010) including $2.5 billion in sponsored programs funded by federal, state, local and private sources. Preliminary student enrollment exceeded 202,000 in the 2009 academic year. The UT System confers more than one-third of the state's undergraduate degrees and educates nearly three-fourths of the state's health care professionals annually. With more than 84,000 employees, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state.

For more information and resource materials, visit the UT System website or contact Anthony de bruyn or Matt Flores at 512-499-4363.

 

 

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Feb. 5, 6:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy's Curtis Vaughan Observatory will offer free stargazing for the public beginning on top of the 4th floor of the Flawn Science Building. Experienced astronomers will be on hand to show a variety of astronomical objects and answer any questions. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite friends and family.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory

Feb. 6, All Day

10th annual San Antonio Writing Project Teachers' Conference

This year's keynote speaker is Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisper. The event will feature breakout sessions and a presentation by the Creative Writers from North East School of the Arts. The event is free and open to all teachers from Pre-K through university level. Attendees can earn a certificate for 3 hours of Professional Development Credit.
Riklin Auditorium (FS1.406), Downtown Campus

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Rowdy Gras 2016

The UTSA community is invited to attend the 3rd annual Rowdy Gras celebration! This year Rowdy Gras includes a daytime event from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. with a free food tasting and music on the UC Paseo. The main event takes place from 6 - 9 p.m. in the UC Lawn. The event includes free food, live jazz music, activities and giveaways.
University Center Paseo & Lawn, UTSA Main Campus

Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning 2015-16 Speaker Series

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series continues with Dana Cuff, Ph.D., a professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of California, Los Angeles. In her talk, Cuff will discuss new forms of “studio” and new types of practices. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), UTSA Downtown Campus

Feb. 13, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

29th annual Asian Festival - Year of the Monkey

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures invites Texas and Texans to the Asian Festival. What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

Feb. 13, 1 p.m.

2016 Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium

Join the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in celebrating interdisciplinary inquiry at the 2016  Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium.  The colloquium will include a panel of faculty and recent doctoral graduate and a showcase of the best IDS undergraduate inquiry projects of the year 2015. The event is free and open to the public.
Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus

Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m.

African-American Social Welfare Pioneers Responding to Community Needs

The UTSA College of Public Policy presents the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Iris Carlton LaNey will speak to the UTSA community about the role and impact of African-Americans in the social work profession.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus

Feb. 23, 7 p.m.

Presentation and Book Signing with Luis Carlos Montalvan

Please join us for a presentation and book signing by Luis Carlos Montalván (Fmr. Capt., USA), author of the New York Times Bestseller Until Tuesday and the international award-winning childrens book Tuesday Tucks Me In. His books will be available for purchase at the UTSA Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus

Feb. 25, 6 p.m.

12th Annual Black Heritage Gala

The 12th Annual Black Heritage Gala is a formal event which includes a student performance, keynote remarks by Michael Brown, an award presentation, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests. Tickets are on sale now at Roadrunner Express. Contact (210) 458-4770 for more information.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Feb. 27, 9 a.m.

Cultural Contrasts in Latin America

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will host a free workshop focusing on teaching Latin American culture and geography for students seeking their teacher certification. The workshop includes free resources for teaching Latin American subject matter as well as presentations on language, identity, music, geography, and political and developmental history, and a special educators’ tour of the museum’s Los Tejanos exhibit. Free with registration.
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