(April 18, 2011)--SA 2020, a six-month, community-wide collaborative defining the future of San Antonio, will be the focus of this year's Great Cities Dialogue from 8 a.m. to noon, Friday, April 22 in the Buena Vista Street Building Assembly Room (1.338) on the UTSA Downtown Campus. Admission is free and open to the public with free parking available in the university's D-3 lot on S. Pecos-La Trinidad Street.
Sponsored by the Office of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and the UTSA College of Public Policy, Castro will begin the conversation to advance ideas established during SA 2020.
"I applaud UTSA for stepping forward and becoming one of the first partners to join the action phase of the SA 2020 effort," said Castro. "Civic engagement was one of the cornerstones of SA 2020, and I'm excited that UTSA's College of Public Policy is actively engaged in moving the conversation forward."
Great Cities Dialogue participants will begin an action plan for progress on the government accountability and civic engagement element of SA 2020, guided by ideas included in the recently released 2011 report.
"At this event, our most interactive Great Cities ever, citizens will work together to move the city toward targets identified in the SA 2020 community meetings," said Francine Romero, associate dean of the UTSA College of Public Policy. "We will look at ideas on how to improve voter turnout, public service volunteerism, access to public information, diversity of city boards and commissions, and much more. We will then discuss how to make these indicators happen."
Great Cities Dialogue is an ongoing UTSA College of Public Policy series that gathers leading academic experts, civic leaders and policy makers to discuss issues of significance to San Antonio and provide opportunities for community dialogue. Discussion is centered on key topics influencing San Antonio's growth and development into a great city.
>> Registration for the event is encouraged; to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Marian Bownds at 210-458-2530.
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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