A Tier One University in a Top-Tier City
The path to Tier One means UTSA is becoming known for outstanding research, quality education and economic contributions to the region.
UTSA's Strategy for a
Tier One University
Our Strategic Plan presents a shared vision of UTSA as a premier public research university. Our plan outlines the initiatives we will pursue to Tier One recognition.
A Tier One University Means Economic Growth
UTSA generates more than $1.2 billion in revenue and supports thousands of jobs thanks to the focus on scholarship, research and outreach. UTSA's Tier One plan will strengthen the economy for the city and state.
In every area of the priorities established to take the university to Tier One status, there are multiple success stories to share.
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Jessica Felhofer is helping build a chemical analysis "lab" the size of a microchip that will be accessible anywhere. The potential uses for the chip are limitless.
Scholarships have made it possible for Jessica to pursue her education at UTSA. A graduate of O'Connor High School in San Antonio, she came to the university as an undergraduate student and is now working on her Ph.D. in chemistry with support from the Presidential Scholarship fund.
She says, "At one point I held three jobs while working my way through school. Scholarship assistance has made so many opportunities available to me, and I am grateful."
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Doug Frantz is working to grow new heart muscle cells and turn cancerous cells benign. His lab is developing drug-like molecules that target stem cells to treat cardiovascular disease and cancer. Support from the Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker Fund is helping Doug treat these diseases and is bringing other top researchers to UTSA.
“The research we are conducting in the laboratory is aligned with the broader issues of treating cardiovascular disease and cancer by combining stem cells and medicinal chemistry,” said Frantz. “In addition to advancing our research, gifts from donors and organizations provide undergraduates and graduate students with opportunities to gain valuable laboratory experience at the interface of chemistry and biology and contribute to the development of therapeutic solutions for a variety of diseases.”
Luis Ahumada and his classmates in the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning Design/Build class transformed Raymond Russell Park into a world of knowledge and exploration for children in San Antonio. The renovation provides outdoor classrooms, cooling centers, a nature trail and a footbridge.
“The Design/Build class encourages UTSA students to help their communities,” Luis said. “It gave us a chance to expand what we have learned in the classroom into actual work, answering real-world challenges. I learned a great deal and I will never forget the wonderful experience from that semester.”
Investment from the community provides resources for these service-learning programs, making it possible for students like Luis to freely participate and learn, while giving the community revitalized facilities to enjoy. The impact of UTSA on Texas is far-reaching. With investment from the community, we can do even more to transform San Antonio and our region.
If being a member of the marching band takes commitment and talent, then being a drum major for a brand new marching band in Texas goes to the next level of passion and drive. Annie Moras has both, and she is making history as one of the leaders of the new Roadrunner Marching Band with scholarship support from unrestricted gifts to the university.
“It is so exciting to have this opportunity to be part of UTSA’s first marching band,” she says. “Being selected as one of the first drum majors is really an honor.”
Annie and her fellow band members spent countless hours rehearsing for the first Roadrunner Football season to make the Spirit of San Antonio not only a great representation of UTSA, but also a point of pride for the city. Scholarship support is making it possible for Annie to focus on her dreams of making great marching music while studying to become a music teacher.