Skip to Search Skip to Global Navigation Skip to Local Navigation Skip to Content
Sombrilla Mast


The University of Texas at San Antonio Online Magazine

A Strategy for Tomorrow

The university embarks on a new plan to guide growth for the next five years

Building on past its successes, UTSA has embarked on the development of a new strategic plan—UTSA 2020 Blueprint—that will move the university forward in its journey to Tier One recognition.

UTSA 2020 Blueprint will guide the university's growth over the next five years by aligning resources with new goals and strategic initiatives in six areas: educational excellence, superior infrastructure, innovative research and discovery, strong community involvement, superior student experience, and world-class graduate programs.

“I encourage everyone to get involved–faculty, staff, students, alumni and our partners in the San Antonio community.”

UTSA has made great strides under its existing strategic plan: A Shared Vision 2016. The university has earned an international reputation for excellence in scholarship and research, recruited top-tier faculty and students, expanded public and private partnerships and received the Carnegie Foundation's Community Engagement Classification. Now it is time to take the next step.

With input from the university constituents, UTSA 2020 Blueprint leadership teams are identifying new initiatives in academic, research and community service programs. President Ricardo Romo has led a number of forums to gain insights and ideas from the university community. That process will continue as leadership teams finalize the new plan.

"Great ideas are needed to make UTSA 2020 Blueprint a success," Romo says. "I encourage everyone to get involved–faculty, staff, students, alumni and our partners in the San Antonio community. At the end of the process, we will have a new strategic plan that helps us reach more milestones in our journey to Tier One."

The Six Pillars Toward Tier One

Educational Excellence
  • Improve student-faculty ratio
  • Enhance academic success
  • Improve graduation and retention rates
  • Manage enrollment growth
  • Expand recruitment and scholarships
Superior Infrastructure
  • Align the budget to goals
  • Build and maintain state-of-the-art facilities
  • Enhance business processes
  • Offer quality administrative services
  • Expand data and technology infrastructure
Innovative Research and Discovery
  • Increase research expenditures
  • Recruit exceptional faculty scholars
  • Facilitate breakthrough discoveries
  • Bolster partnerships
  • Expand internal collaboration

Expand Community Involvement
  • Raise the university's profile
  • Strengthen internship opportunities
  • Increase endowment funds
  • Engage with alumni more
  • Promote community engagement
  • Expand economic development
Superior Student Experience
  • Provide top-tier libraries
  • Enhance student services
  • Offer quality advising
  • Promote recreational programs
  • Elevate athletics
  • Expand education abroad
World-class Graduate Programs
  • Increase graduate enrollment
  • Increase Ph.D. programs
  • Offer premier graduate online programs


Please keep all comments constructive and relevant to the articles you're commenting on. Sombrilla reserves the right to delete or edit messages.
blog comments powered by Disqus

Current Issue: Summer 2015 | Table of Contents