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By KC Scharnberg
Public Affairs Specialist

(Nov. 21, 2012) -- UTSA is one of only 21 American higher education institutions to receive an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) for the caliber of its core curriculum. This is the second consecutive year that UTSA has received this study's highest rating.

The "What Will They Learn?" report examines whether institutions of higher learning require seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, foreign language, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science.

Of the 1,070 institutions graded on the strength of each school's general education curriculum, UTSA is among the top 2 percent that earned an A-rating for requiring at least six of the seven subjects considered crucial to a solid core education. Foreign language is the only subject that is not currently required of all undergraduate degree-seeking students at UTSA.

Emily Albrecht, a senior real estate finance and development major and among the 100 best students within the College of Business, said she appreciates these required general education courses for helping her understand the "bigger picture" in life. "Not only do I have broader knowledge that I will be able to use throughout my life, I also feel that being a well-rounded person will help me be a more valuable employee."

"In today's job market, employers are looking for employees who are not only competent in their field but also have the capacity to creatively solve problems," said John Frederick, UTSA provost and vice president for academic affairs. "UTSA is committed to shaping broad-minded global citizens who are prepared to think critically and, in turn, have a greater competitive edge in the job market."

UTSA is an emerging Tier One research institution. In addition to the "What Will They Learn?" recognition, the university is ranked among the top quartile of research universities in the world in the prestigious Scimago Institutions Rankings World Report 2012.

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UTSA makes the grade with a strong core curriculum

UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.

For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.

Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.

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