(Oct. 29, 2013) -- For the third consecutive year, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) for the caliber of its core curriculum. UTSA is one of only four Texas institutions and 22 universities in the United States to receive the study's highest rating.
The 2013-2014 edition of the ACTA "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 1,091 institutions graded on the strength of their 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.
"Students are our top priority, and UTSA is committed to shaping broad-minded global citizens who are able to draw upon a wide range of knowledge and perspectives to guide them through their careers," said John Frederick, UTSA provost and vice president for academic affairs. "As UTSA develops into Tier One research university, we intend to remain the top choice for students who want to receive a well-rounded, high-quality education."
In addition to the A-rating in the "What Will They Learn?" report, UTSA has been ranked by Times Higher Education as one of the Top 100 Universities Under 50 Years Old for two consecutive years. UTSA also is one of only 150 U.S. universities ranked among the top 500 universities worldwide by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, an annual study prepared by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
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
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
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
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.
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 an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
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