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UTSA President Ricardo Romo: Race to Tier One is ‘not a sprint, a marathon’

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(Sept. 22, 2011) -- UTSA President Ricardo Romo lauded UTSA students, faculty, staff and supporters for their persistence in moving UTSA closer to Tier One research status in his third annual State of the University address, delivered Wednesday, Sept. 21 from the University Center Ballroom on the UTSA Main Campus.

Since Romo became UTSA's fifth president in 1999, the university has evolved from a commuter school to a fully viable competitor in the race to Tier One research status.

During the address, Romo discussed the race to Tier One, quoting Olympic athlete PattiSue Plumer: "Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it's all about."

He then highlighted UTSA's 2010-2011 achievements including the support UTSA received from government officials and the community during the 2011 legislative session; UTSA student recruitment and retention; significant achievements by UTSA researchers, students and research partners; and UTSA's historic first football game played Sept. 3 to a record-breaking crowd of 56,743 in the Alamodome.


>> Read the full text of the State of the University Address 2011.

>> Read about UTSA's history.

>> Share your feedback with President Romo via Facebook.



Did You Know?

UTSA makes the grade with a strong core curriculum

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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