(Dec. 20, 2012) -- Curtis Wilkins, a graduate student intern in the UTSA Office of Orientation and Family Programs, recently won the Graduate Student Case Study Competition at the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA) annual conference in Las Vegas.
Curtis and his partner won the Best Communication award for their proposed problem-solving recommendations and steps for a case they were assigned. In the spring, Wilkins will begin his last semester in the UTSA higher education administration master's program in the College of Education and Human Development.
Each year at the NODA conference, graduate students participate in the case study competition. Each student partners with another student to collaborate on methods and strategies to solve a problem outlined in a case or scenario assigned to them. The two-member teams present their solutions to a panel of judges, and awards are given to the most outstanding groups. This year, 25 groups participated.
According to the judges, Wilkins and his partner had a presentation that was well developed and effectively communicated their ideas. "You both were well spoken and played off one another well. We liked that you didn't rely on notes during the presentation. You were confident presenters, and your time was used appropriately to make the points you needed to make," said the judges.
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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