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Old 11-05-2009, 06:40 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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UTSA is a great school. It's what you make of it. Every university has people who do nothing but party obviously. Some can party a lot and still do well, others can't. Not everyone is a slacker at UTSA.
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Old 11-05-2009, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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UTSA is not the most affordable option in town. Just for the sake of comparison, 15 hours at Alamo Colleges costs $788, in 2009. UTSA's tuition is almost 5x higher. If that's the yardstick folks are using, it's easy to understand why they have sticker shock.
A good point, and I thing that is part of a bigger problem. If people are comparing a Community College to a Doctorate-granting University, then the yardstick is completely wrong. A four-year university is not for everyone, and attending one should represent a sacrifice and a genuine search for education. Comparing that mission to a community college's mission is invalid - but they are often lumped together in the eyes of the erstwhile student (or voter). It is like comparing a bicycle to a car.

A accredited University has noted faculty, competitive admisions, and is concerned with graduating a diverse body of 4-year bachelors degree students along with masters and doctoral students. Not everyone at UTSA will have the classic, straight-out-of-high school experience, but it is a legitimate 4-year school, and should charge accordingly.

Community Colleges are a completely different animal - they have generally open admission, are purposely dirt-cheap, and most importantly DO NOT grant bachelor's degrees. They are usually taught by professors with vastly less pedigree than University counterparts, often simply a bachelor's degree. They have a small fraction of the academic and research infastructure of a proper University. At best, it is a step to gather credits and transfer to the aforementioned University to graduate with a bachelors. In reality, Community Colleges in San Antonio mainly teach vocations and employment skills, often culminating with an associates degree.

Community Colleges are HUGELY important to American education, and represent a legitimate competitive advantage of the American system of education to other models. If we are simply talking about "what's cheaper", the comparison is invalid. No local university has the resources, quality and affordability of UTSA.

The national average for a state-university tuition, without fees, is $4080 a semester. The average for private universities is $14,950 a semester. UT-Austin costs $3950. St Mary's costs $10,500. UTSA costs $2560. It is hard to find a more affordable university - certainly there isn't one in San Antonio.
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Old 11-05-2009, 09:30 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Total Tuition is $2,308 for 12 hours. Yes, it's in a elementary school but faculty are excellent (PhDs) and classes are small (25, 30 max).
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Old 11-10-2009, 12:39 AM
 
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Another student housing project has broken ground. The same company that built The Outpost and The Reserve is building Royal Village off Hausman across from the future athletics park.

A fifth housing project will soon break ground off Chase Hill Blvd. This project, dubbed Spanish Style Villas, will include street level retail with apartments above.
Another project to add to the list! A sixth student housing project, The Grove, is being built on UTSA Blvd right across from Broadstone Ranch.
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Old 11-25-2009, 06:44 PM
 
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Another project to add to the list! A sixth student housing project, The Grove, is being built on UTSA Blvd right across from Broadstone Ranch.
It will never stop! A 7th housing project, Madera, is breaking ground at the intersection of UTSA Blvd and Babcock. It will be adjacent to The Reserve student apartments.

On a side not some older student apartment complexes are losing money fast. For example Maverick Creek Villas, which was built in the late 90s, has a 70% vacancy! The apartments and property are valued at over $30 million. Taxes plus staff alone cost more than that apartment makes each year.

This closure would provide a decent chuck of land for development!
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Old 11-25-2009, 08:16 PM
 
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Three of the west campus labs are undergoing a $27 million expansion and renovation to be completed in 2010:



http://img269.imageshack.us/content.php?page=done&l=img269/8219/utsalabrenovations.jpg&via=mupload (broken link)

$15 million will be use to construct two 40,000 sf. office buildings that will break ground in March:



http://img690.imageshack.us/content.php?page=done&l=img690/9012/newofficebuildings.jpg&via=mupload (broken link)

These will include a new road and courtyard. Three other buildings are planned that are pictured in the sketch.
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Old 11-25-2009, 08:33 PM
 
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UTSA is also designing a new on-campus student housing complex. The $40 million project may break ground next year.

Another $7 million is being used to acquire properties beside the downtown campus. A $90 million academic building will then break ground.

UTSA has over $300 million planned in construction projects through 2012.

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Old 11-25-2009, 08:43 PM
 
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Also rumors are abound that a Chili's Too is in the works. This would be the first place to provide alcohol on campus.
Work has started and Chili's Too will be opening next semester at UTSA. The school will be spending $1.2 million to renovate existing space in the UC.
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Old 11-26-2009, 11:04 AM
 
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The evolution of UTSA will be interesting. If its expansion is towards the classic big name school, there are risks.

1. Despite's Ron's cheerleading in another thread, football and sports contribute little to an improved academic environment in most schools. The Chronicle of Higher Ed. clearly documents this. Ron spoke from his limited cheer leader view point on this. Read the recent article on how many college presidents are intimidated by such cheer leading to maintain detrimental sports programs.

2. As you build a research faculty, they are more and more dedicated NOT to teach undergraduates. This will be especially true of the San Antonio population if it is seen as needed remediation or career oriented. Research faculty are focused on avoiding teaching of undergraduates or only teaching small grad seminars. This is well documented also.

You can argue that the CC's use people with Masters (that's the minimum requirement - but they have some PhDs). However, the R1 schools use tons of adjuncts and grad students to teach the undergrads. The high end scholar doesn't want to go near the kids typically.

3. Building graduate programs in areas with very limited job opportunities - like the humanities -may be a waste of time for the student. Again, read
the Chronicle.

I've been in the academic game for tens of years and have family in the pro and college sports game, fairly high up - so, this isn't a casual opinion.

Does UTSA want to maintain some link to our community as central or be a top notch research school which at its heart doesn't really want to link to a working class community - despite PR rhetoric.

We really don't need the classic R1 school here, despite administration and faculty aspiration if you look to the community. It would bring some upscale folks and jobs, though.

The A&M South side campus might take over as the state run average SA kid school.
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Old 12-03-2009, 02:00 PM
 
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FYI on whether football is universally accepted as the savior of schools.

December 3, 2009
Hofstra U. Is 2nd University in 2 Weeks to Drop Its Football Team

By Libby Sander
Hofstra University has eliminated its football program and will redirect the team's $4.5-million budget toward new academic ventures and need-based scholarships, the university's president said today, echoing a similar announcement last week at Northeastern University.
The Hofstra team suffered from low attendance and flagging interest among students and the local community, and financial support was dwindling, the president, Stuart Rabinowitz, said in a letter to the university. He called the decision a "strategically driven reallocation of resources."
"The football program, the largest of the athletic programs, is by far the most expensive," Mr. Rabinowitz wrote. "In the end, we could not continue to justify the expense of football compared to the benefits it brought to the university."

--- It's from the Chronicle of Higher Ed.
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