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New Presidential Initiative will chart the future of the UTSA Downtown Campus

New Presidential Initiative will chart the future of the UTSA Downtown Campus

(April 13, 2018) -- University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) President Taylor Eighmy today announced a fifth presidential initiative for UTSA’s strategic planning portfolio. The Presidential Initiative on the Downtown Campus will advance UTSA’s role as San Antonio’s urban serving university.

“Imagine a Downtown ‘Centro’ Campus that is just as vibrant and active as the Main ‘Norte’ Campus—an urban academic enclave that provides a fully realized living and learning experience for students and serves an intellectual gateway to San Antonio’s near west side and downtown,” Eighmy said, in an email sent today to UTSA faculty and staff.

The Downtown Campus Task Force will develop the infrastructure, principles and processes needed to enable downtown campus students to further their education without the need to travel to the Main Campus. The first phase will examine and develop action plans for three components: curriculum, housing and the student experience. President Eighmy will chair the group in its early stages.

Eighmy has asked the task force to move swiftly, and expects to roll out new plans related to curriculum, housing and the student experience by the start of the fall 2018 semester. Future phases of the initiative include standing up new UTSA schools and institutes, and the development of Cattleman’s Square and other parts of the physical campus.

A series of town halls will take place this month giving the campus community an opportunity to learn more, ask questions and offer perspectives on potential challenges and benefits. President Eighmy will lead the town halls, and encourages anyone with an interest in the development of the Downtown Campus to attend.

Town Hall Meetings

Monday, April 23
1 - 2:30 p.m.
Buena Vista Street Building Aula Canaria (BVB 1.328)
Downtown Campus

Wednesday, April 25
9 - 10:30 a.m.
Buena Vista Street Building Aula Canaria (BVB 1.328)
Downtown Campus

Thursday, April 26
1 - 2:30 p.m.
Student Union Retama Auditorium, (SU 2.02.02)
Main Campus

“This is a big dream, and it will take work,” said Eighmy. “Integral to achieving this vision is the expansion of our infrastructure downtown, as well as co-locating those academic programs with the greatest potential to impact our city’s prosperity.”

UTSA opened the doors of its Downtown Campus in 1997, signifying its commitment to the community with a campus inside Loop 410, in the heart of San Antonio. Since that time. UTSA has grown its programs, bringing access to high quality college education and career advancement opportunities to diverse populations in the downtown area.

Today, the UTSA Downtown Campus offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, the College of Public Policy and the College of Education and Human Development. Approximately 5,000 students take classes at the Downtown Campus including one-third of UTSA’s graduate students.

The urban campus is also home to many of the university’s community outreach programs and extended education offerings and serves as a convenient location for hosting communitywide events.


Learn more about the President’s Initiative on the Downtown Campus.

Learn more about the President's Initiative on Strategic Communications.

Learn more about the President's Initative on Finance & Budget Modeling.

Learn more about the President’s Initiative on Student Success.

Learn more about the President’s Initiative on Strategic Enrollment.

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