(Aug. 15, 2013) -- UTSA Libraries is partnering with the Denver office of the U.S. Census Bureau to offer two hands-on workshops on how to use census data in projects across the community.
The workshops, Using Census Data for Community and Neighborhood Analysis II and Using Census Data for Business Planning and Market Analysis, will be offered 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30-5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 22, respectively, in Main Building Room 0.330 on the Main Campus. Both workshops are free and open to the public.
"All of us know about the decennial census which takes place every 10 years, but many don't realize that the U.S. Census Bureau continuously collects a wide variety of data on the nation's demography, economy, industry, housing, poverty, foreign trade, local employment dynamics and much more," said business librarian Natasha Arguello. "These data are a foundation for decision making in the government and public and private sectors."
Understanding of census data and the ability to effectively use data tools are invaluable assets for both faculty and students, whether your field is entrepreneurship, demography, political science, urban planning or a multitude of other disciplines, Arguello said.
This is the second year census staff have offered the workshops at UTSA. Last year's workshops attracted faculty, students, San Antonio area librarians, and community members from nonprofit and government agencies and for-profit organizations.
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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