Coordinating Board approves UTSA bachelor of public administration degree

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Frio Street Building, UTSA Downtown Campus

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(Sept. 3, 2010)--The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently approved the bachelor of public administration degree for The University of Texas at San Antonio.

The new program is part of the College of Public Policy, located at the university's Downtown Campus. Classes are set to begin in fall 2011 with an estimated enrollment of at least 40 students. Due to anticipated student demand, enrollment is expected to almost triple in four to five years.

"We know that students entering college today have a strong spirit of public service and are committed to careers in the public and nonprofit sectors," said Francine Romero, associate dean of the College of Public Policy. "The B.P.A. degree will be a great opportunity for them to get started on that path. This program is an important addition to the College of Public Policy, located in the heart of our city, and strongly supports the college mission, which emphasizes contributions to the public good in a diverse society."

The degree program will give students a broad background in the basics of administration with a contemporary focus on management, analysis and ethics in urban government and the nonprofit sector.

Graduates will be qualified for administrative positions in public, nonprofit and private sectors that deliver a broad variety of public programs. Demand for such qualified personnel is rapidly increasing as Baby Boomers retire, resulting not only in position openings but in greater service needs.

UTSA's new degree program will be one of only six in the state and the only one in the San Antonio area.