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UTSA President Ricardo Romo (left) with UTSA students, alumni and staff at the Texas Capitol

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(Feb. 27, 2013) -- Members of the UTSA Student Government Association (SGA) and UTSA Alumni Association will partner Feb. 28 for UTSA Day at the Capitol. The biannual trip puts UTSA students and alumni face-to-face with state lawmakers.

On Thursday, SGA President Xavier Johnson and Alumni Association President Randy Vogel will lead approximately 40 UTSA students and members of the Alumni Association board through the Capitol to meet with legislators to discuss higher education in Texas. Austin Hagee, SGA legislative affairs representative, stayed on top of planning the day by coordinating many calendars.

Students and alumni will break into five groups to reach out to as many offices as possible. Visits have been scheduled in 15-minute sessions. SGA conducted an informational session Feb. 20 to discuss higher education issues and to review expectations.

As UTSA advances toward the goal to become a Tier One university, it can only help to keep the university in the minds of Texas lawmakers. Students have expressed concerns regarding financial aid, the need for additional teaching space, campus-carry legislation and funding for the creation of another research university in Texas.

The UTSA groups will visit state representatives Jose Menendez, Roland Gutierrez, Joe Farias, Lyle Larson, Justin Rodriguez, Philip Cortez, Trey Martinez-Fischer, Ruth Jones McClendon, Mike Villarreal and Speaker of the House Joe Straus, and state senators Donna Campbell, Judith Zaffirini, Carlos Uresti and Leticia Van de Putte.

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 a multicultural institution, UTSA aims to be a national research university providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an intellectual and creative resource center and a socioeconomic development catalyst for Texas and beyond.

 

 

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UTSA makes the grade with a strong core curriculum

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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