(Nov. 27, 2012) -- The Academic Development Program (ADP) in the UTSA Tomas Rivera Center for Student Success was one of eight finalists for the 12th annual Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Star Awards presented last month in Austin. The keynote speaker at the ceremony was Raymund Paredes, Texas commissioner of higher education.
"Congratulations, Academic Development Program at The University of Texas at San Antonio," said Paredes. "Your program and the students, faculty, administrators and other staff who have created, developed and carried it out are providing valuable services to Texas and its people by helping us close the gaps in education. The Coordinating Board and I commend everyone who has contributed to the program."
The ADP team was represented at the event by Cynthia Rodriguez, ADP director, and academic advisers Jessica Williams, Venesa Matthews and Phillip Casarez. The UTSA staff members hosted an elaborate display highlighting the program’s services and successful initiatives.
ADP was established in 1996 to assist students provisionally admitted to UTSA. The program housed in the Tomas Rivera Center originally served an average of 100 students through an optional five-week summer bridge program. In 2004, the admissions term for provisional students moved from summer to fall, and the program grew to an average of 500 students. Because of the program's success, the university now requires all provisional students to participate in the ADP until they clear provisional status. There is no additional cost for students to participate in the program.
The program facilitates the transition between high school and UTSA for provisionally admitted students by providing support through academic advising, specialized programs and enhanced campus affiliation. In keeping with the university's aspirations toward Tier One research status, the ADP centers on helping to improving freshman retention and, in turn, the graduation rate.
"Provisional students often come to the university academically and socially under-prepared for the college experience," said Leticia Duncan-Brosnan, executive director of the Tomas Rivera Center. "These students are given the opportunity to adjust to college life, while improving their academic skills. From orientation to program completion, ADP offers many ways to assist in student success."
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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