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(April 8, 2014) -- To further its mission to provide top-tier experiences for its students, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has become a collaborating partner with LEAP Texas, a coalition of 60 institutions committed to working together to address a shared interest in student success and the improvement of higher education in the state.

"Participation in LEAP Texas puts UTSA at the table with a wide variety of higher education institutions around the state, from the smallest community college to the largest flagships," said Nancy Martin, UTSA associate vice provost for Core Curriculum and Quality Enhancement Plan. "We are looking forward to learning from others around the state and sharing UTSA's best practices with them."

LEAP Texas is aligned with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to enhance students' quality of learning and give them the skills to be strong communicators, team players and critical thinkers, skills deemed essential to be successful in college, in a career and in life. The coalition provides a framework for communication and collaboration between institutions so that each institution is able to prepare its students for the new core curriculum requirements that will be implemented by the THECB starting in fall 2014.

Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) is a national advocacy, campus action and research initiative of the Association of American Colleges and Universities that champions the importance of a 21st century liberal education.

LEAP Texas became the 10th official LEAP state partner in January 2014. With more than 60 institutions involved to date, LEAP Texas is a collaborative of 34 public two-year colleges, 23 universities, four research flagships and a private institution with the capacity to reach almost 900,000 students.

LEAP Texas is committed to:

  • Upholding the commitment of faculty across our various institutions to provide a strong educational foundation for an increasingly diverse student body -- one that prepares them for work and citizenship in the 21st century, well aligned with stated goals of employers;
  • Adhering to the required Texas Core Curriculum for Higher Education, facilitating rigor and transferability within a context of innovation;
  • Responding to the increasing national focus on student learning outcomes; and
  • Applying the scholarship of teaching and learning.

LEAP Texas will focus on three key areas: leveraging the newly designed Texas Core Curriculum for Higher Education for improvement in undergraduate education; creating a capacity for large-scale, inter-institutional collaboration in robust and authentic assessment; and embedding high-impact practices in the undergraduate curriculum.

For more information, visit the UTSA Core Curriculum website.

 

 

Events

Tuesday, May 3, 5 p.m.

Henry B. Gonzalez Centennial Tribute

The College of Public Policy and the Office for Community Services present a 100th anniversary salute to the late Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez. A distinguished panel will discuss Gonzalez's historical impact. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328) , Downtown Campus

Wednesday, May 4, 5 p.m.

School Psychology Symposium and Reception

Student posters will present case studies based on practicum experiences, literature reviews on topics relevant to educational psychology, and other research experiences this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Durango Building (1.124), Downtown Campus

Thursday, May 5, 5 p.m.

String Project Spring Concert

This end-of-semester concert will feature the 3rd through 8th grade students who have participated in the UTSA String Project this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Theater, Downtown Campus

Friday, May 6, 8 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy, Curtis Vaughan Observatory invites everyone to join them for their monthly stargazing event on top of the Flawn Science Building
Flawn Science Building, Curtis Vaughan Observatory, Main Campus

Monday, May 9, 8 a.m.

The Honeynet Project Workshop

This three-day event will focus on the tools, tactics and motives involved in computer and network attacks. Attendees from around the world will take part in world-class hands-on trainings and technical discussions.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 12, 4 p.m.

Master of Public Administration Open House

Visit with faculty, alumni and students to discuss the benefits of and requirements for a Master Degree in Public Administration and/or the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration & Leadership
Buena Vista Building (1.338), Downtown Campus

Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony One

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Sciences.
Alamodome

Saturday, May 14, 4 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Two

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Business, the College of Public Policy and University College.
Alamodome

Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Three

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
Alamodome

Wednesday, May 18, 3 p.m.

The Great Staff Appreciation Event

The UTSA community is invited to honor the roughly 2,600 UTSA staff members who contribute to the success of the university and its students.
University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 19, 6 p.m.

Superintendent Certification Program Information Session

Join UTSA faculty and staff, current students, and area central office administrators/program alumni to learn about this exciting accelerated and web-enhanced program leading to Texas Superintendent Certification. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Building (1.322), Downtown Campus


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