(June 4, 2019) -- UTSA was among the top universities in Texas to benefit from formula funding and a series of higher education bills passed during the 2019 Legislative Session this year, thanks in large part to the leadership of the Bexar County Delegation. The new funding will further drive UTSA toward its strategic destinations as a model of student success, a great public research university, and an exemplar for strategic growth and innovative excellence.
“The entire delegation did a phenomenal job advocating and fighting for all of UTSA’s legislative priorities,” said UTSA President Taylor Eighmy. “As we continue on our rapid trajectory toward our institutional destinations, I am deeply grateful to our elected leaders for supporting so many programs that are vital to our success. The funding UTSA is receiving this biennium is a testament to our legislators’ trust and belief in our capacity to drive prosperity and change lives.”
UTSA saw a significant increase over last session’s higher education formula funding process. Its share will include a $26.1 million increase, a 13.6 percent rise over the last biennium and the second highest funding increase across all 37 Texas public institutions. The university’s effort to grow weighted semester credit hours during the counting year was instrumental in this dramatic increase.
UTSA will also see an increase in its allocation from the Texas Grants program, which has a clear impact on the retention and graduation rates of Roadrunners. House Bill 1 included an increase of $80 million in statewide funds for these grants. The new funding will allow UTSA to provide additional financial support to its students, some 68 percent of whom rely on financial aid.
Significant funding was also allocated by the state to further support research innovation at UTSA. House Bill 1 included a continuation for Core Research Support funds, which support research activities at Texas’s eight emerging research universities. This funding was renewed by the legislature and will result in approximately $10.4 million coming to UTSA over two years to support faculty development, research equipment acquisition, laboratory upgrades, student fellowships and proposal development.
HB 1 also included support for the Texas Research Incentive Program (TRIP), which incentivizes private philanthropic support of research through matching funds for private gifts. The legislature approved a $35 million biennial investment into the TRIP pool. UTSA will be eligible for these funds as it secures gifts generated by its upcoming capital campaign.
To further advance student success, UTSA, Texas A&M University-San Antonio and the Alamo Community Colleges District will receive a total of $3.5 million this biennium to create a pipeline of educational support for students with a history of foster care. The partnership will position Texas to be a national leader in this area and was sponsored by Senator Pete Flores, Senator José Menéndez and Representative Trey Martinez Fischer.
During the legislative session, San Antonio community and business leaders came together to rally around a tuition revenue bond bill, House Bill 2000, which included a building project for every university in Texas. Although the bill passed in the House, it did not make it through the Senate. As a result, UTSA has begun to explore other avenues of funding to advance its plans to expand business education and career engagement at its Downtown Campus.
At the same time, UTSA is finalizing the acquisition and transfer of the two city-owned land parcels. It will be launching its National Security Collaboration Center and School of Data Science construction project on the property abutting San Pedro Creek later this year. The university is also finalizing arrangements to acquire and transfer the county-owned property for its new interdisciplinary business education building.
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The NSA Codebreaker Challenge provides students with a hands-on opportunity to develop their reverse-engineering, low-level code analysis skills while working on a realistic problem set centered around the NSA’s mission. Developer Eric Bryant will present a Tech Talk and answer questions about the challenge. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Free pizza. Open to all.John Peace Library (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
UTSA's Office of Sustainability hosts a full day of activities to celebrate the opening of the Tito Bradshaw Bicycle Repair Shop. A ribbon-cutting at 6 p.m.will include President Eighmy, Mayor Nirenberg, Councilman Pelaez and Councilwoman Gonzales.Ximenes Ave. between Ximenes Ave. Lot and Brackenridge Ave. Lot 1, Main Campus
Annual symposium to highlight the importance of effective translation and interpreting in our global community.H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.202), Main Campus
The UTSA Institute for Law and Public Affairs and the Southwest Association of Prelaw Advisors will host the annual Law School Fair for students interested in attending law school. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from approximately 90 ABA approved law schools (including all law schools in Texas), and learn about admissions, financing, course offerings, student life, program reputation, with the opportunity to gain application fee waivers.H-E-B Student Union, Ballroom (HSU 1.104), Main Campus
This event will showcase the new Large-Scale Testing Laboratory, built to serve students and researchers in UTSA's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The Grand Opening will feature speakers, a live demonstration, and tours.Large Scale Testing Laboratory, Main Campus
To prepare, graduation candidates should attend to obtain important information about the ceremony and life after UTSA. At the event, they can order their ceremonial cap and gown and other Commencement-related items as well as win prizes and capture lasting memories with fellow Roadrunners at a selfie station. UTSA ID Card required; no reservation needed.Buena Vista Street Building, Meeting Assembly Room (BVB 1.338), Downtown Campus
To prepare, graduation candidates should attend to obtain important information about the ceremony and life after UTSA. At the event, they can order their ceremonial cap and gown and other Commencement-related items as well as win prizes and capture lasting memories with fellow Roadrunners at a selfie station. UTSA ID Card required; no reservation needed.H-E-B Student Union, Ballrooms (HSU 1.104 and 1.106), Main Campus
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