(Dec. 24, 2013) -- In 2008, faculty and administrators at Holland Middle School in Baldwin Park, Calif., embarked on a new project to encourage students to think about pursuing a college degree and what they would need to do academically to be accepted to a university.
Names of different universities would be submitted annually for "adoption' consideration and the students would research each university nominated then vote to choose one.
Winning schools selected have included, the University of Southern California, the University of California at Los Angeles and California State University, Fullerton.
This year, selected by students in teacher Bradley Kuehfuss' eighth-grade class, was The University of Texas at San Antonio.
Kuehfuss knew about UTSA after years of correspondence through an online international running club with fellow runner Scott Kabrich, a prospect researcher for development in the UTSA division of External Relations.
One of Kabrich's colleagues directed Kuehfuss to Belinda Harmon, director of community outreach in the Office of P-20 Initiatives at the UTSA Downtown Campus. Harmon sent the school a classroom packet of UTSA memorabilia that the students could use to decorate their classroom and show their support for the Roadrunners.
To show their appreciation, the students sent Harmon a photo and individual thank-you notes.
"Their teacher is planting seeds of educational aspiration in these young students and we were so thrilled to play even a small part in this request," said Harmon.
According to Harmon, out-of-state requests for UTSA classroom packets with memorabilia are not uncommon. The Office of P-20 Initiatives has sent packets to Russia, Japan, California, Kansas, West Virginia, South Carolina, New Mexico and Massachusetts.
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.
Cheer on the UTSA Roadrunners at their home-opener against the Kansas State Wildcats.
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