(May 11, 2011)--Jude Valdez, UTSA vice president for community services, has received the Texas Association of Chicanos In Higher Education 2011 Meritorious Service Award. The award recognizes commitment and service in the improvement of education and employment opportunities for Hispanics in higher education.
Valdez oversees UTSA's outreach services and extension programs, which are housed at the university's Downtown Campus.
The Office of the Vice President for Community Services includes the Institute for Economic Development, Institute of Texan Cultures, Pre-freshman Engineering Program, Office of P-20 Initiatives, Office of Community Outreach, Office of Extended Education and Special Events, UTSA Mexico Center and the Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute.
Over his more than 30-year career at UTSA, Valdez has served in various administrative duties including as founding director for the Institute of Economic Development. He also had primary responsibility for planning the UTSA Downtown Campus.
At the University of Texas at Austin, Valdez earned his doctorate and later served as the university's assistant dean in the College of Liberal Arts.
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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