(Oct. 7, 2010)--The UTSA University Center (UC) at the UTSA Main Campus was rated cleaner, more student-focused and as offering a more outstanding program overall than the average of 88 institutions in the annual national benchmarking survey conducted for the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) by Education Benchmarking Inc. (EBI).
Participating universities include the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Georgia Tech, College of William and Mary, Oregon State University, Florida State University and Vanderbilt University. EBI compared the UC's scores against the average of all participating institutions as well as institutions in UTSA's same Carnegie Foundation classification. The UC scores in all survey areas exceeded the average of both comparison groups and also improved for the third consecutive year.
"The University Center staff has worked diligently to enhance the quality of the experience that they provide UTSA students and the campus community as a whole," said Kevin Price, UTSA associate vice president for student life and dean of students. "The strides they have made over the last few years are very impressive, and I'm glad to see the survey scores reflect that."
ACUI commissions the survey to assist its member organizations -- student centers and college unions nationwide -- in comparing and improving the facilities, programs and services they offer their respective campus communities. This year 88 institutions participated, generating 67,000 student survey responses.
The survey evaluates factors important to the long-term success of a student union organization by measuring how student unions publicize the facility and promote the campus, enhance life and leadership, create a positive environment, serve as a source of entertainment and focus on student needs. The survey also asks students to evaluate facility cleanliness as well as staff courtesy and professionalism. The UC received its highest marks ever in each of these areas.
"We are pleased that our facility improvements and robust staff training and development program have enabled us to improve the services we provide each year," said UC Director Lowa Mwilambwe. "We look forward to digging into this assessment to discover how we can continue to improve."
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
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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