(Nov. 22, 2010)--The UTSA Graduate School offers many online resources -- such as Skype video-conferencing appointments and instant chat -- for current and prospective students. For virtual meetings with students, Graduate School staff members are available via Skype.
Skype is a video chat service with which graduate recruiters meet with prospective students who often are located out of the country or in South Texas. The Graduate School also launched its first group chat service to host information sessions virtually for out-of-area prospective students.
Current and prospective students also can utilize instant chat with Graduate School staff members. This online service is available 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Tuesday, and 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday-Friday.
The Graduate School's services are expanding because of growth and the realization that more and more students look to the Web for information. UTSA's Graduate School Facebook page was launched in the summer of 2009 and now boasts well over 1,000 fans.
Facebook provides daily posts on news, services, resources, deadlines and upcoming events relevant to graduate students. As of Oct. 1, the Graduate School is on Twitter as well.
"Thanks, UTSA, for using technology to enhance services for students," said UTSA graduate student Paty Zamora.
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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