For third consecutive year, UTSA receives 'A' grade for core curriculum

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(Oct. 29, 2013) -- For the third consecutive year, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) for the caliber of its core curriculum. UTSA is one of only four Texas institutions and 22 universities in the United States to receive the study's highest rating.

The 2013-2014 edition of the ACTA "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 1,091 institutions graded on the strength of their 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.

"Students are our top priority, and UTSA is committed to shaping broad-minded global citizens who are able to draw upon a wide range of knowledge and perspectives to guide them through their careers," said John Frederick, UTSA provost and vice president for academic affairs. "As UTSA develops into Tier One research university, we intend to remain the top choice for students who want to receive a well-rounded, high-quality education."

In addition to the A-rating in the "What Will They Learn?" report, UTSA has been ranked by Times Higher Education as one of the Top 100 Universities Under 50 Years Old for two consecutive years. UTSA also is one of only 150 U.S. universities ranked among the top 500 universities worldwide by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, an annual study prepared by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.