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UTSA in top 2 percent of U.S. universities to receive ‘A’ for core curriculum


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By KC Scharnberg
Public Affairs Specialist

(Nov. 21, 2012) -- UTSA is one of only 21 American higher education institutions to receive an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) for the caliber of its core curriculum. This is the second consecutive year that UTSA has received this study's highest rating.

The "What Will They Learn?" report examines whether institutions of higher learning require seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, foreign language, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science.

Of the 1,070 institutions graded on the strength of each school's general education curriculum, UTSA is among the top 2 percent that earned an A-rating for requiring at least six of the seven subjects considered crucial to a solid core education. Foreign language is the only subject that is not currently required of all undergraduate degree-seeking students at UTSA.

Emily Albrecht, a senior real estate finance and development major and among the 100 best students within the College of Business, said she appreciates these required general education courses for helping her understand the "bigger picture" in life. "Not only do I have broader knowledge that I will be able to use throughout my life, I also feel that being a well-rounded person will help me be a more valuable employee."

"In today's job market, employers are looking for employees who are not only competent in their field but also have the capacity to creatively solve problems," said John Frederick, UTSA provost and vice president for academic affairs. "UTSA is committed to shaping broad-minded global citizens who are prepared to think critically and, in turn, have a greater competitive edge in the job market."

UTSA is an emerging Tier One research institution. In addition to the "What Will They Learn?" recognition, the university is ranked among the top quartile of research universities in the world in the prestigious Scimago Institutions Rankings World Report 2012.

Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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