First Six Months

Congratulations on completing your first six months at UTSA! Your confidence and experience are making an important and valuable contribution to the university.

Performance Management

Probationary Period

Classified, benefits-eligible positions have a six-month probationary period. During the probationary period, you and your manager will participate in a series of check-ins at 45 and 90 days, followed by a 160-day evaluation. These meetings are intended to provide a clear understanding of your job responsibilities, review your progress in learning your role and provide additional feedback on your performance. Review the Handbook of Operating Procedures for complete probation policy details.

Performance Management and SMART Goals

Every year, classified, benefits-eligible employees participate in the performance management process, a combination of employee development and performance management based on the UTSA Competency Model. This process includes clarifying expectations, setting goals and reviewing results.

During your first 60 days, you and your manager will determine SMART goals based on your position. SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timebound. Effective SMART goals incorporate these criteria to help focus your efforts and increase the chances of achieving your goals. 

Employee Benefits


New hires accrue vacation hours throughout their first six months. You are eligible to submit vacation requests after you reach six months. Accrued vacation and sick leave can be viewed in the PeopleSoft Employee Self-Service Portal.

UTSA Holidays

UTSA observes a variety of holidays throughout the year, including a winter holiday. View the holiday schedule to learn more.

Employee Education Benefit

Once your six-month probationary period ends, you may be interested in continuing your education. UTSA employees are eligible for up to 12 hours of tuition assistance per academic year. Learn more about the Employee Education Benefit (EEB).

Employee Discounts

The university partners with many local and national companies to provide employees with a wide range of discounts. Many are accessible by using your UTSA Card or entering a special discount code online.

Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) covers a variety of different services for UTSA employees, from counseling services to legal assistance and identity theft recovery. Take some time to review these additional benefits available to you.