(May 1, 2014) -- Every five years, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching selects colleges and universities to be classified as "institutions of community engagement." UTSA submitted the comprehensive application package in April and now seeks to be among the institutions recognized in January 2015. In order to retain their classification status, institutions must reapply every 10 years.
The elective classification is based on voluntary participation and, according to the Carnegie Foundation, "provides a way for institutions to describe their identity and commitments to community with a public and nationally recognized classification."
A UTSA task force led by Robert McKinley, associate vice president for economic development, oversaw the process.
"The application for the Carnegie community engagement classification truly is a joint effort of all UTSA colleges and departments," said McKinley. "We were required to submit an extensive data collection and documentation of mission statements, budget specifics, infrastructure and strategic planning. Analyzing our own efforts showed us how widespread community engagement at UTSA is, while we also identified opportunities to do even more."
Jude Valdez, vice president for community services, added, "The Carnegie classification will reaffirm UTSA's substantial commitment to improve the quality of life for individuals and the community, complementing our ongoing endeavors as a top-tier university."
For more information on community engagement at UTSA, visit the UTSA Community Services website.
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA faculty and staff to "Tacos With Taylor." Take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President at any one of these casual meet and greets.
Frio Street Building, Food Court Commons Area, Downtown Campus
Celebrate 40 years of BestFest, an annual event hosted by Roadrunner Productions as a part of UTSA Homecoming festivities. The event will feature a carnival, food and drink booths, a golf cart parade, firework and live music from Anthem.
Brackenridge Lot 1, Main Campus
Celebrate homecoming as the Roadrunners take on Rice. Come early for the Spirit Walk, tailgating, games, music and food. Stick around for a halftime show with SOSA and the crowning of Mr. and Ms. UTSA.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St., Downtown San Antonio
The Leadership Storytelling Homecoming Brunch brings together UTSA alumni and students to share a delicious meal as well as a roundtable conversation about how experiences in college carry us forward on unique leadership journeys.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
The conference is dedicated to sharing recent knowledge and experiences gained in the area of Big Data by researchers in academia, industry and the government sectors within the areas of business, national security, infrastructure, healthcare and visualization. The conference fee is $45 and includes breakfast, lunch & parking. Free for students and non-academic government employees. Register here: https://www.regonline.com/UTSAdataconference2017.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, via webcast, will examine America’s economic, political and security relations with China during CHINA Town Hall, an 80-city live discussion and Q&A on China and Sino-American relations.
Building Building, Richard Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus
The African American Studies program proudly presents William "Cruz" Shaw, San Antonio City Councilman and UTSA Alumnus. Event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The graduate fair is an opportunity for the UTSA student body and local San Antonio community to learn about graduate education opportunities. The event is free and open to the public.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (1.104), Main Campus
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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