(March 22, 2013) -- As part of the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives road trips to South Texas, a UTSA professor returned to her alma mater, Donna High School, to motivate students to attend college. Associate Professor Maricela Oliva in the UTSA Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies returned to the Rio Grande Valley recently to speak to approximately 600 students at Sharyland High School in Mission and Donna High School in Donna about the importance of education beyond high school.
Oliva described her personal academic journey and told students that the support of their families is an important asset in helping them pursue and achieve their academic dreams. Belinda Saldana, UTSA director of community outreach in the Office of P-20 Initiatives, provided students with a UTSA overview and various higher education pathways.
"Students truly benefit from role models that they can relate to," said Saldana. "It was wonderful to see the students seek advice and information from Dr. Oliva, realizing that she was from their community."
Oliva accompanied the UTSA Mobile Go Center on its visits to targeted high schools in South Texas. A one-stop source for college knowledge, the center helps prospective college students and their families prepare college admission applications and financial aid forms.
>> To learn more about the Mobile Go Center, contact Belinda Saldana at 210-458-2904.
>> To schedule the Mobile Go Center in the San Antonio area, visit the UTSA P-20 Initiatives 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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