(UPDATED Aug. 1, 2012) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio will host the fourth annual Texas Higher Education Symposium August 2-3 at the UTSA Main Campus. This year's event, "Inclusion in Higher Education: Where We Are, Where We Need to Be," will feature presentations and discussions on a broad range of topics in higher education. (See agenda below.)
David Gardner, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board deputy commissioner of academic planning and policy, will provide the keynote speech at a luncheon on Friday, Aug. 3 in the University Center Ballroom (1.104). As deputy commissioner, Gardner oversees the divisions of Workforce, Academic Affairs and Research, Planning and Accountability, and P-16 Initiatives. One of his primary roles includes coordination of the board's efforts toward Closing the Gaps by 2015, through academic excellence and research at Texas institutions of higher education.
The UTSA College of Education and Human Development is the leading provider of educators in the San Antonio area and one of the largest in Texas. Ranked third in the United States as producer of teacher-education degrees for Hispanics, the college is responsible for innovative research and grants in university-school partnerships, higher education, professional development, technology enhancement, health, school readiness, and bi-national and bicultural issues.
Symposium events are free and open to the public with the exception of Friday's lunch.
The symposium is sponsored by the UTSA Higher Education Administration Student Association (HEASA), College of Education and Human Development, and Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
For more information, visit the Texas Higher Education Symposium website or contact Professor Maricela Oliva at 210-458-5832.
Thursday, August 2, 2012:
5 p.m.: Symposium Registration, Main Building Auditorium Lobby
6 p.m.: HEASA Distinguished Lecture by Shaun R. Harper, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, University of Pennsylvania Main Building Auditorium (0.104)
7 p.m.: Reception, Main Building Auditorium Lobby
Friday, August 3, 2012:
8 a.m.: Symposium Registration/Meet and Greet/Continental Breakfast, University Center Ballroom Galleria
8:30 a.m.: Welcome and Remarks, University Center Ballroom (1.104)
9 a.m.: Scholarly Presentations on Parent Family and Generational Influences, University Center Ballroom (1.104)
9 a.m.: Working Group on Latino/a Allied Health Professional Education Pipeline Issues: A Matter of Public Health, University Center Bexar Room (1.102)
10 a.m.: Morning Break, University Center Galleria
10:15 a.m.: Working Groups
11:15 a.m.: Poster Session, University Center Ballroom (1.104)
Noon: Luncheon and Keynote Speaker, University Center Ballroom (1.106)
1:30 p.m.: Scholarly Presentations on Community College Issues, University Center Ballroom (1.104)
1:30 p.m.: Extending Inclusion Programmatically, University Center Bexar Room (1.102)
2:45 p.m.: Scholarly Presentations on the Student Experience, University Center Ballroom (1.104)
4 p.m.: Working Groups Reports, Poster Award and Closing, University Center Ballroom (1.104)
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.
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