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UTSA and the 87th Legislature

Priorities and Appropriations Request

Education is an essential service in its own right, and UTSA's resolve to be a driver of economic prosperity and social mobility is stronger than ever. We are creating bold futures for our students and for Texas.

- Taylor Eighmy, President

Taking Bold Steps to Position Texas for National Leadership


Preparing the Workforce Talent Texas Needs

Texas’s ability to recover economically and continue to attract businesses that support high paying jobs depends on the presence of a qualified and educated workforce.

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Putting Texas on the Map as a Cyber Powerhouse

UTSA is fueling San Antonio’s national reputation as the largest information security hub outside of Washington, D.C.

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Groundbreaking Research to Solve Grand Challenges

With research expenditures reaching $134 million in the fiscal year 2020, UTSA is well on its way to earning our nation's most prestigious designations for research universities.

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The University of the Future

As a national model for Latino Student Success, UTSA is setting the standard for educating students that reflect the demographic future of the United States.

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Explore where UTSA students and alumni call home

View UTSA alumni and student demographics by Texas government districts 

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  Top Legislative Priorities

Formula Funding

UTSA’s head count increased significantly in the last decade, but its average per student appropriation decreased – and is well below the statewide average. An adjusted higher education funding formula that recognizes institutional growth and inflation rates is critical to UTSA’s trajectory as a nationally recognized research university and model for student success.

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Cybersecure Advanced Manufacturing for Texas

UTSA, via a partnership with the Department of Energy and industry experts, is leading the effort to secure our nation’s supply chains that face increasing challenges from pandemics, cyberattacks and foreign adversaries. State support is needed to augment federal resources, which are used to advance cybersecurity research and training that can help strengthen national security and increase competitiveness in global markets.

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San Antonio Partnership for Precision Therapeutics (SAPPT)

A collaboration between all four major research institutes in Bexar County, SAPPT was established to create breakthrough health care treatments and precision therapies to benefit all Texans. State support can amplify the effectiveness and the efficiency of this critical joint effort.

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COVID Data Repository & Portal

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed vulnerabilities in communities that have limited data infrastructure, access to data and experts to analyze that data. UTSA is prepared to leverage the expertise of faculty researchers to apply the power of big data towards combating COVID-19. The COVID Data Repository & Portal will act as a one-stop shop for Texan researchers and policy makers who need reliable data on the socioeconomic and demographic relationships between COVID-19 cases, vaccinations, and deaths, allowing them to make timely, effective decisions.

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  COVID Impact

COVID-19 Budget Impact

UTSA lost revenue and incurred additional costs as a result of COVID-19 and the subsequent state budget cuts. COVID-19 has reduced and, in some cases, eliminated the ability to provide instruction in person, increased infrastructure and operational costs, and required the university to scale services.

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Higher Education Emergency Relief Act

UTSA used the $31.7 million received from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Act (also known as the CARES Act) to mitigate the negative impacts of COVID-19, providing students in need with additional financial aid and grants to cover basic needs.

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  Non-Formula Support | General Revenue Fund

Institutional Enhancement

Institutional Enhancement funding enables UTSA to recruit world-class scholars to address rapid enrollment growth and to meet our state’s urgent need for an educated workforce. Continued funding is critical to attracting and retaining excellent faculty by ensuring that teaching and advising loads remain in balance, courses are readily available to students, and class sizes are optimal.

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The Bexar County Fostering Educational Success Pilot Project

For the first time, UTSA and partners across child welfare, the Children’s Court, and two- and four-year colleges in Bexar County are leading an effort to improve educational outcomes for foster youth and alumni. This project gives students with a history of foster care a better chance to reach their educational dreams through dedicated emotional, social, and professional networks.

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San Antonio Life Sciences Institute (SALSI)

SALSI leverages the collective power of UTSA and UT Health San Antonio through formalized collaborations and curriculum alignments. Students in the life sciences have the unique opportunity to work with scholars across South Texas on groundbreaking research and innovations in patient care. SALSI facilitates joint doctoral degree programs that have led to many joint publications, patents and copyright filings.

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Prefreshman Engineering Program (TexPREP)

TexPREP is a program designed to motivate and prepare middle and high schoolers—many of whom are from underserved populations—for advanced studies and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Each year this transformational program serves over 4,000 students from more than 125 school districts across the state. Over 80% of these participants are minority and 53% women.

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Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC)

Located in Hemisfair Park in the heart of downtown San Antonio, the ITC is a Texas treasure. The ITC showcases the vibrant cultures that have contributed to the past, present, and future of our state’s social fabric. In order to meet the demands of tomorrow, state resources can support the ITC’s efforts to offer exhibits, programs and teacher training that benefit the state’s multicultural education and tourism.

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Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

In cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration, UTSA’s SBDC promotes business and economic development across 79 counties along the southwest Texas border. Continued support is critical to the SBDC’s efforts to promote growth, innovation and sound management for nearly 30,000 small businesses – and to keeping Texas open for business for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Southwest SBDC Rural Business Program (RBP)

The SBDC RBP increases the competitiveness of rural communities along the southwest Texas border. The program offers services to promote small business economic activity and investment in areas of Texas where corporate expansions are uncommon, and state incentives—like the Enterprise Fund—are rarely accessible.

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Texas Demographic Center (TDC)

Home to the Texas state demographer, the TDC provides access to reliable, impartial data used to inform policy decisions, strategies and solutions. Texas legislators, legislative committees, state agencies, counties, municipalities, and the private sector are beneficiaries of the TDC’s data and analyses. The TDC’s role is magnified during the 2020 Census and its effect on redistricting. Special item funding is vital to the Center’s ability to produce population estimates, biennial projections and trend analysis impacting the state of Texas.

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  Other Priorities

Toward Excellence, Access, and Success (TEXAS) Grants

The TEXAS Grants are awarded to undergraduate Texas students who demonstrate financial need and meet academic eligibility requirements. Continued support of this program is especially important for UTSA’s first-generation, low-income students, a population that often has difficulties with accessing and affording a college education.

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Hazlewood Act

The Hazlewood Act provides qualified veterans, spouses and dependent children with a generous tuition exemption at any public college or university in Texas. UTSA is committed to serving student veterans and their families, and is consistently ranked among the top Military Friendly Schools in the nation. UTSA requests the Texas legislature to continue to provide funding relief to public universities for Hazlewood exemptions.

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Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program

The UTSA HUB program provides invaluable support to local small businesses, many of which are minority or women-owned. This innovative program helps local small businesses become part of the university’s procurement process, which aids Texas’ economic recovery.

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Texas Research Incentive Program (TRIP)

TRIP makes available state matching funds for private gifts intended to enhance research productivity and faculty recruitment at Texas’ eight emerging research universities. TRIP funds have a direct impact on UTSA’s ability to recruit world-class faculty who elevate the student academic experience and the state’s reputation as a research powerhouse.

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  Tuition Revenue Bonds

Constructing A Brighter Future

New construction projects on the horizon for UTSA take advantage of the broad opportunities that exist in San Antonio, allowing the university to better address the city’s pressing workforce needs, engage students with experiential learning and career-engagement opportunities, and address current and future academic space shortages. When the time is appropriate, UTSA stands ready to work with the State to make the capital improvements needed to accommodate the university’s enrollment growth in service to more Texans.

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For more information

Jason Hassay
Government Relations
The University of Texas at San Antonio
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Albert Carrisalez
Government Relations
The University of Texas at San Antonio
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