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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.

 

 

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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