(June 14, 2012) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio was ranked No. 53 among 100 universities under 50 years old by Times Higher Education (THE). The school rankings, published in the May 31 edition of the London-based magazine, were based on the performance indicators of research, citations, teaching, international outlook and industry income.
THE publishes annually the World University Rankings, but this is the first year it has published the 100 Under 50 report focusing solely on young institutions.
"It is clear that the vast majority of the world's best research-led universities share a core element in common: they are old," said Phil Baty, editor of THE Rankings. "This report is not about the traditional elites; it is about a new breed of global universities -- those that have managed to join the world's top table in just decades, not centuries, and others showing great promise, institutions that could reach the top, given time."
Under the area of research, the three indicators used to establish rankings were the university's research volume, income and prestige. The performance indicator of citations examines an institution's research influence by capturing the numbers of times its published works were cited by scholars around the world. The teaching category's indicators were based on the Thomson Reuters Academic Reputations Survey, faculty-to-student ratio, ratio of Ph.D. to bachelor's degrees awarded by each institution and institutional income scaled against academic staff members.
The international outlook category looked at both diversity on campus and how each university's faculty collaborated with international colleagues on research projects. A university's ability to reinforce industry with innovations, inventions and consultancy was the final performance indicator in determining the rankings.
Other U.S. universities to make the top 100 list were the University of California at Irvine; University of California at Santa Cruz; University of Illinois at Chicago; University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; University of Texas at Dallas; George Mason University; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and Florida International University.
"We are honored UTSA is one of only nine schools in the United States to be recognized as a top young university," said John Frederick, UTSA provost and vice president for academic affairs. "I think it goes to show that with a little ingenuity and creativity, emerging universities can achieve in a relatively short time the quality that much older institutions develop over generations."
The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the largest of nine academic universities and sixth health institutions in the UT System. As a multicultural institution of access and excellence, UTSA aims to be a national research university providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
UTSA serves nearly 31,000 students in more than 135 degree programs in the colleges of Architecture, Business, Education, and Human Development, Engineering, Honors, Liberal and Fine Arts, Public Policy, Sciences and Graduate School. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an intellectual and creative resource center and a socioeconomic development catalyst for Texas and beyond.
The Department of Social Work introduces new students to the Master of Social Work program.
Buena Vista Street Building Assembly Room (BVB 1.338), Downtown Campus
The kickoff to Roadrunner Days, the UTSA community welcomes the thousands of students who move in to their new homes as they begin their journey at UTSA.
Various residence halls, Main Campus
After a full day of moving, UTSA students and their families are invited to the party featuring food, swag, dancing and a special performance from the Spirit of San Antonio marching band.
Student Union Paseo, Main Campus
This come and go session allows Roadrunners and their families to explore all the great things the UTSA Libraries offers to help students succeed. Join a group on a quest through the library for a chance at prizes and enjoy some ice cream.
John Peace Library, Main Campus
Fast Action Trivia is a game where participants interact with fellow Roadrunners to test their brain skills while learning some interesting things about UTSA and have a chance to win actual cash money!
Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
This UTSA tradition is a fun, engaging opportunity for Roadrunners to learn about the facilities, recreation programs and wellness services offered at the Main and Downtown Campuses while also enjoying tons of games and activities with new and old friends.
Recreation and Wellness Center Texas Room (RWC 2.214) and San Antonio Room (RWC 2.218), Main Campus
The UTSA Ambassadors are here to help students find their classes before the first day of school! Bring your class schedule to the UTSA Ambassadors table in the Student Union Ski Lodge (near Chili’s Too!), and they will help you navigate the campus to find your classes.
Student Union Ski Lodge (SU 1.01.00), Main Campus
Kickback at the Union is a welcome back event for new and returning Roadrunners. Come relax and learn about the Student Union, enjoy free food, games, photo booth, and a chance to connect with each department in the Union. Arrive early for free t-shirt and stay late for a movie.
Student Union Paseo and Buildings, Main Campus
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
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