(April 11, 2011)--In fall 2011, UTSA will begin implementation of its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), developed as part of UTSA's reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. "Quantitative Scholarship: From Literacy to Mastery" focuses on enhancing the quantitative reasoning and critical thinking skills of undergraduate students to help them understand and evaluate data, assess risks and benefits, and make informed decisions in all aspects of their lives.
In fall 2010, UTSA faculty were invited to submit proposals to the Quantitative Literacy Course Development program. The goal of the course development program is to provide the resources and support for significant and sustainable course redesign in support of the QEP.
Based on the recommendations of the program committee, seven proposals were selected for funding (see list below).
"We received several outstanding proposals from different colleges, and I believe we have selected an outstanding group of faculty members who have a strong commitment to teaching at the undergraduate level," said Nandini Kannan, QEP project director and professor of management science and statistics. "As part of the first QEP cohort, they have the opportunity to be leaders in the development of an exemplary program. Already, UTSA is receiving national attention from quantitative literacy leaders."
The teams will work on integrating quantitative reasoning and communication skills into their core courses over the summer. All faculty members will receive a summer stipend and participate in workshops through the summer. UTSA students can register for these redesigned courses for the fall 2011 semester.
"The QEP will result in long-term improvement of student learning, and help us align UTSA's aspirations to be a national research university and its mission of providing access," said Provost John Frederick. "I congratulate these faculty teams, and I thank the deans and department chairs for their continued support of this program."
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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