(March 21, 2013) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio was named in the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, one of the highest honors a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Among 690 institutions this year, it is the fourth year for UTSA to be listed.
In the award application, UTSA highlighted programs including Alternative Spring Break (coordinated by the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center), the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance 7 in Seven Project, and the Inspire U Mentoring Project (coordinated by the Office of P-20 Initiatives).
The application highlighted the university's commitment to community engagement with initiatives such as the Institute for Economic Development, Prefreshman Engineering Program; annual service programs that collect for the San Antonio Food Bank at the President's Holiday Breakfast and United to Serve, UTSA's annual day of service; and student organizations, service-learning classes, and individuals who give back dozens to thousands of hours of community service each semester.
"Congratulations to UTSA, its faculty and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom," said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). "Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges."
Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, CNCS has administered the award since 2006 and manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact.>> For more information about UTSA community service efforts, visit the UTSA Inclusion and Community Engagement Center website. Learn more about eligibility and see the full list of Honor Roll awardees at the CNCS website.
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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