Thursday, August 27, 2015

UTSA hosts community summit on strengthening education from birth to career

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Top photo: UTSA President Ricardo Romo (left) with Juan Sepulveda, director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, and a summit official
Bottom photo: Summit participants in brainstorming session
>> Read a Sept. 16, 2010, San Antonio Express-News story on the education summit, "Mayor says the city must do better on education"

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(Sept. 29, 2010)--If results from a recent dialogue at The University of Texas at San Antonio are any indication, the future of education in the city and region has promise.

More than 100 students, parents, community leaders and members of nonprofit, business and civic organizations gathered for a two-day brainstorming session to address the issues of education. Participants focused on ways to make a seamless education system that will benefit students from preschool to college and curb the area's excessive dropout rate, which is estimated at four out of every 10 students.

The two-day conversation, "Community Conversation on Strengthening Education from Birth through College and Career," was conducted at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The event was hosted by the Office of the Mayor in partnership with the National League of Cities, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans and UTSA.

The candid and open dialogue included brainstorming sessions focusing on the area's past and present educational accomplishments and problems, and concluded with a vision for future success including how to address technology in the classrooms, continue operations in the midst of funding cuts, and create better transitions between levels of educational attainment.

 

 

 

 

 

Did You Know?

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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Events
Aug. 27, 6 - 8 p.m.

25Veinticinco exhibit opening reception

This exhibit includes prints by 25 Latino and Latina artists who worked in collaboration with a master printer in the print studio at the UTSA Department of Art and Art History. It runs through Oct. 12.
Downtown Campus Art Gallery, Durango Building Room 1.122, Downtown Campus

Aug. 28, 12 p.m.

Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Advancing Research and Transformative Practice

This book talk will feature a presentation by the book’s co-editors Anne-Marie Núñez, ELPS associate professor, Sylvia Hurtado, professor at the University of California Los Angeles, and Emily Calderón Galdeano, director of research for Excelencia in Education.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus

Sept. 15, 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Changing the Conversation: Recovery Works!

As part of National Recovery Month, a panel of substance abuse practitioners and members of the recovery community will discuss issues related to substance abuse treatment and recovery.
Durango Building 1.124 (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus


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