By Lety Laurel
Managing Editor, Office of University Marketing
(Sept. 22, 2011) -- Education is the most important issue facing the state of Texas, outpacing worries over immigration and the economy, according to a 2011 Texas Lyceum poll.
The poll conducted in late May shows 33 percent of likely Texas voters listed education as their top concern, while only 11 percent named the budget shortfall, and another 11 percent were concerned about immigration, the top concern listed in 2010. And, while 60 percent of poll respondents believed the Texas economy is better off than the rest of the country, the majority of those same people are pessimistic about the national economy and the nation's future.
"In general, likely voters are feeling worse [about the national economy] relative to last year and they're less hopeful for the future and for the future of their children than non-voting Texans," said Amy Jasperson, UTSA associate professor of political science and geography.
Jasperson is serving the second year of a three-year term as a director with the Lyceum and partnered with Daron Shaw, a University of Texas at Austin government professor and Texas Lyceum alumnus, to lead the poll team.
The statewide telephone survey polled adult Texans with 707 completed responses and a margin of error of plus or minus 3.69 percent. The survey also included a likely voter screen.
The Texas Lyceum is a nonprofit and non-partisan statewide service organization that aims to identify the next generation of Texas leaders. Along with Jasperson and Albert Carrisalez, UTSA assistant to the president and director of external affairs and corporate relations, other members have included former President George W. Bush and Gov. Rick Perry. UTSA was one of the co-sponsors of the Lyceum's Great Debates conference on cyber security, held in San Antonio in February 2010.
"Over the past five years, the Lyceum poll has shared knowledge about what Texans think on a variety of issues. It raises current issues of major concern for further debate and discussion," Jasperson said.
For more information on the poll findings, visit the Texas Lyceum website.
Successful first-year students at UTSA are those who learn how to utilize resources, recognize and resolve problems, and prepare themselves to take advantage of their time on campus. The Student Success Series promotes this achievement by offering workshops on the common concerns and questions first-year students have during their transition to university life.
University Center Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
Come show your Roadrunner Spirit by joining our very own Rowdy, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band (SOSA), your fellow students, faculty and staff as we light the Monument at our Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight to mark the start of a new academic year.
John Peace Blvd. entrance, Main Campus
Join President Eighmy for this celebration to kick off the new school year. The event will feature live musical performances and a free BBQ dinner.
Convocation Center Lawn, Main Campus
Join fellow Roadrunners on the Downtown Campus for this free BBQ dinner.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
New and returning graduate students are encouraged to stop by before going to class to learn more about what UTSA has to offer, participate in fun activities, listen to music, connect with peers and enjoy refreshments.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
Students are invited to attend the Fraternity|Sorority Life Informational Sessions and Mix & Mingle. This is an opportunity for students to meet-and-greet members of the Fraternity/Sorority Life community, and get together with your new Roadrunner friends.
UC Travis and Harris Rooms (HUC 2.202 and HUC 2.212) then UC Lawn, Main Campus
Find out what the Downtown Library has to offer. Stop by to enjoy refreshments and learn more about your library. It’s a great place to study, use computers, work on group projects, or to get help finding material on your research topic. Welcoming staff and a pleasant setting make the library a terrific resource for students.
Buena Vista Street Building, 2nd floor, Downtown Campus
Get to know your UTSA student athletes for football, volleyball, soccer, and cross country. Howdy Rowdy Bash is when we get excited for upcoming athletic events with games, cheers and giveaways. The event ends with a live music performance. Join UTSA Athletics, Rowdy Crew and Roadrunner Productions for night of fun in the Convo.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
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