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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.

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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Free Teacher Tuesday: Los Tejanos Workshop

Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
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6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
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Vaquerocation 2015

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