(Nov. 9, 2010)--In fiscal year 2010, UTSA ranked 23rd among State of Texas agencies in the percentage of eligible expenditures made to historically underutilized business (HUB) vendors.
UTSA spent more than $20 million last year with HUB vendors, which are minority- and women-owned businesses certified by the state. The total amount spent with HUB vendors accounted for more than 29 percent of UTSA eligible purchases.
"We've encouraged HUB suppliers by opening channels of communication with them by establishing monthly vendor days and encouraging attendance at the HUB Vendor Fair," said Lane Brinson, UTSA assistant director of purchasing. "We also try to utilize HUBs at every opportunity including procurements through purchasing cooperatives and showcasing them on our supplier mall."
Special recognition goes to staff members in the Purchasing Office and the Procard Office who have made great strides in supporting the university HUB initiatives. These staff members include:
Recognition also goes to the HUB Staff Coordinating Group (SCG) for assisting UTSA in consistently maintaining its high HUB ranking among state agencies and UT System institutions. The SCG meets quarterly to discuss HUB activities and provides direction to ensure UTSA meets its HUB strategic goals and objectives. The SCG members for fiscal year 2010 were:
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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