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UTSA Strategic Plan Strategic Challenges

While we possess numerous strategic advantages, for UTSA to succeed in reaching our goals it is crucial that we also recognize and meet the challenges we face.

  • As a young university, UTSA is still developing the infrastructure and expertise necessary to achieve status at the level of a mature research university.
  • Our remarkable growth requires that we adjust rapidly to changes in our culture and immediately locate funding and support for additional facilities, faculty, and staff. We must define our future role and goals and determine our future needs while catching up to our record-breaking growth.
  • To become nationally and internationally respected, and to retain and attract high-quality faculty, students, researchers, and sources of support, we must increase research opportunities, productivity, and funding. We must build superb teaching and research facilities with state-of-the-art technology and effective electronic communications systems.
  • UTSA must increase our support for both undergraduate and graduate students, improve student success and graduation rates, and expand our global focus and linkages. Our students' preparation as future leaders must be demonstrable and measurable.
  • UTSA must create an equitable balance among our disciplines, including sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), to provide the technological knowledge base and innovation that enrich our society and quality of life.
  • We must build a comprehensive marketing plan that promotes our accomplishments and contributions, shares our goals for the future, excites the public, ignites the interest and fosters the support of our government and business partners—locally, statewide, and nationally - and establishes us as an institution with a global perspective.
  • We must nurture outstanding leadership and build consensus by emphasizing service excellence across the University, defining clear standards of accountability, establishing and prioritizing objectives for meeting those standards, and creating a viable means for assessing progress toward our strategic initiatives.

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