What is it?
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) to receive its prestigious Community Engagement Classification, recognizing the university’s commitment to serving the local community.
The honor acknowledges UTSA’s “dynamic and noteworthy” community outreach efforts in San Antonio and its impact on the global community through teaching and research, public service, volunteerism, civic partnerships and economic development.
What does it mean for UTSA?
UTSA is one of 83 universities receiving this classification for the first time and is among an elite group of only 361 campuses to gain the designation since the foundation began recognizing community engagement achievements in 2006. The classification is the next step in the university’s advancement toward becoming a Tier One university.
“The Carnegie designation speaks to our commitment to community outreach and our drive to make a difference in the lives of our students and our community,” said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. “It is a remarkable milestone for the university and another advancement in our journey to Tier One recognition.”
What does it mean for San Antonio?
UTSA extends its engagement into San Antonio through its students, alumni and programs. Last year alone, more than 3,000 UTSA faculty and staff and 12,000 students provided services and programs to more than 660,000 people across the region.
"UTSA students and graduates have been critical to San Antonio’s economic and community development,” said San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor. “They start businesses, teach in our schools, volunteer in all manner of civic projects, enrich our workforce and become the next generation of leaders. UTSA is an outstanding model for how educational institutions can engage with their communities."
In addition to generating more than $1.2 billion in annual business revenue and supporting more than 15,700 jobs in the San Antonio area, 70 percent of UTSA graduates stay in the San Antonio area upon graduation.
“UTSA is connected to our community in so many ways. The teaching excellence, the research, the volunteer work that professors as well as students do – that all adds up to a tremendous benefit,” said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff. “We’re really proud of UTSA. It’s on the road to becoming Tier One.”
UTSA is a top-tier university for a top-tier city.
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