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