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University Center exceeds national satisfaction benchmarks of 88 campuses

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(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."



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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