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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.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

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

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

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

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

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.

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