The Institute for Economic Development is dedicated to creating jobs, growing businesses and fostering economic development. Our various centers and programs provide professional business advising, technical training, research, and strategic planning for entrepreneurs, business owners and community leaders. Our programs serve San Antonio, the Texas-Mexico border area as well as regional, national and international stakeholders. Together with federal, state and local governments, and private businesses, the UTSA Institute for Economic Development fosters economic and community development in support of UTSA’s community engagement mission.
Office of P-20 Initiatives promotes college access, readiness and completion through research-based programming. The Office has an array of educational outreach programs and activities such as academic intervention and college readiness camps, dual credit, mentoring, tutoring, work-study, test preparation, bridge programs and college tours. These programs are undertaken in partnership and collaboration with schools, business and industry, foundations and community-based organizations to help strengthen the quality of education from kindergarten through college within San Antonio and the South Texas region. The Office administers the TRIO programs including Upward Bound, Talent Search, McNair and Student Support Services. Additionally, the Office provides oversight for the Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP), a premier STEM college bridge program. Both the PREP and TRIO programs annually serve over 10,000 students. Finally, the Office seeks to provide leadership in educational reform and facilitate university involvement in public education through intervention, research and service programs.
The Office of Extended Education serves the region’s adult, professional and continuing education needs through a range of targeted programs that match the university’s unique resources with the lifelong learning needs of the region. Extended Education works collaboratively with academic and nonacademic units of the university to develop and offer seminars, online courses, conferences and programs for the general public, professional and governmental agencies, and businesses, as well as graduate and professional school entrance exam preparation. Selected courses for college credit are also available through the Office of Extended Education's Extended Studies Program.
The Downtown Special Events Office is responsible for scheduling, coordinating and managing special events at the Downtown Campus. The Downtown Campus has clearly become the venue of choice for university organizations as well as many community organizations, and the office operates as a “one-stop shopping” experience for on- and off-campus users of university facilities. The office manages cash handling, logistical operations and designs, implements control systems for managing various resources needed for events and provides logistical support for Extended Education.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures plays a vital role in the university’s community engagement initiatives. The museum strives to expand awareness and appreciation of Texas through the development of engaging exhibits, programs, and special events while developing accessible resources for faculty and educators on topics of cultural heritage instruction and research.
The Center for Civic Engagement was established to manage and track UTSA’s community engagement efforts and report the collective impact of service-learning, community-engaged research, and public service activities. The Center works collaboratively with UTSA faculty, students, and staff, in addition to community partners and local government to develop, enrich, and support learning that enhances civic literacy and engagement and to cultivate a civically-engaged culture on UTSA’s campus.
UTSA Mexico Center fosters academic, research, cultural and programmatic exchanges with universities and organizations in Mexico, engaging students, faculty and staff, and promoting a better understanding of Mexico and its relationship to the United States. The UTSA Mexico Center provides a forum for communication between policy makers, scholars, business representatives and professionals from the United States and Mexico to bring about mutual understanding and productive relationships.
The Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute (CAPRI) is a university-wide research institute that fosters cross-disciplinary collaborations and translates research results into policy recommendations. The institute supports the study of topics such as infant cognition and language development, early literacy, juvenile justice, child abuse prevention, foster care youth, pediatric obesity prevention, early childhood education, school readiness, and dropout prevention.