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Old 12-26-2007, 06:07 PM
 
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What do you think of the academic quality of UTSA?
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Old 12-26-2007, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Mid South Central TX
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What do you think of the academic quality of UTSA?

What school?

Undergrad or graduate?
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Old 12-26-2007, 09:59 PM
 
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I can't comment on the academic quality since I'm not familiar enough with it. The academic reputation, unfortunately, is another story. Rather than rehash the arguments, I'll just give links:

My opinion

The whole thread (much better thoughts than just my opinion)
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Old 12-26-2007, 10:02 PM
 
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In regards to professors I was very impressed.
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Old 12-27-2007, 07:53 AM
 
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It is all relative, and depends what one perceives as "academic".

Personally, I love universities that have a "hidden" curriculum in which professors send well thought out messages about society, modernization, science through the angle which they teach their material.

I didn't really see too much of that at UTSA. Then again, I don't think it exists at any public Texas University either.
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Old 12-27-2007, 10:25 AM
 
Location: The "original 36" of SA
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I've read a couple of magazine and newspaper articles (can't exactly cite them right now), which have noted that the engineering school has a very good reputation.

Personally, I know 4 graduates (either friends or relatives) of the engineering school. They are all very successful (in fact, one was featured in the Business Journal the other week), and they have had only positive things to say about UTSA.

I know my wife has taken great pride in the fact that a greater percentage of graduates from UTSA have passed their teacher certification exams than those that attended some of the private universities in SA. Again, I'll have to look up the newspaper article which listed these stats.

"go runners!"
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Old 12-27-2007, 11:53 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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UTSA is putting its money and energy behind the hard sciences and engineering. (Their brand new provost is a chemist, not to mention a hometown San Antonian because ya gotta keep it hometown, people. Worldliness not allowed.) The liberal and fine arts are just going to be there to round out the course offerings for the scientists. No money or effort is being put into building excellence in those areas. This is good news for those pursuing science degrees, I suppose.
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Old 12-27-2007, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Mid South Central TX
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The business school is the only AACSB accredited B-school in San Antonio other than (I believe) St. Mary's.

I think that it has suffered from growing pains, but it's beginning to catch up. What I noticed when I was there is that they had to expend an extraordinary amount of classroom space, time and other resources to sub-1000 level courses. No university student should be in those courses!

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Old 12-27-2007, 04:29 PM
 
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forgive me for my ignorance, but why do they have sub 1000 courses? wouldn't that be high school (or lower) level? and is this common?
BTW, UTSA is well known in the cyber security world...
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Old 12-27-2007, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Mid South Central TX
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forgive me for my ignorance, but why do they have sub 1000 courses? wouldn't that be high school (or lower) level? and is this common?
BTW, UTSA is well known in the cyber security world...
This may have changed since I was there (2000)...sub 1000 courses were remedial courses (English, math). Undergrad students not doing well on placement tests (I assume Accuplacer) were placed in remedial courses. The rest of us (I was a grad) were pretty ticked, as that just meant fewer courses offered to everyone else.

I don't know if they still do remedial courses now.
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