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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 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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