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UTSA partners with national advocacy research initiative to share best practices

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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.



Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at the UTSA Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 15, 6 p.m.

Take Back the Night 2015

The UTSA Women’s Studies Institute invites you to Take Back the Night, an international initiative to raise awareness and empower survivors while educating allies through a march, poetry, and testimonios. This is a gender-inclusive movement to shatter the silence surrounding sexual and domestic violence.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 22, 6 p.m.

Phi Kappa Phi Last Lecture

What would Dr. John Bartkowski say if it were his last lecture? The UTSA professor of sociology will speak about “The Power of Listening” in this annual event sponsored by the UTSA chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. A reception will follow.
Denman Room (UC 2.201.28), Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (ART 2.03.15-18), Main Campus

Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m.

White Bound: Nationalists, Anti-Racists and the Shared Meanings of Race

The Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series continues with Dr. Matthew Hughey, a scholar of race, racism and racial inequality.
Buena Vista Building (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

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