The Student Government Association’s resolution, “End Participation with the Coordinated Admission Program Resolution” passed unanimously last Thursday, Oct. 31. The Coordinated Admissions Program, or CAP, was on track to be eliminated before it was blocked by the University of Texas Board of Regents.
The purpose of SGA’s resolution was to formally request that the Board of Regents allow UTSA to end CAP. The resolution was sponsored by 35 out of the 45 SGA senators, but faced no opposition during its vote.
SGA cited several justifications for their decisions to formally remove support from the program, one of which was the responsibility of SGA to “review, discuss, consider and take any necessary action through legislation on all issues which concern the campus or students…” according to the legislative document.
Improving graduation rates was also heavily emphasized as part of the argument to end the program.
In order to be more competitive in achieving Tier One status, UTSA must improve its graduation rates. Out of UTSA’s freshman class, 20 percent are enrolled in the CAP program, and of those 20 percent, 70 percent will leave UTSA. This artificially lowers graduation rates from eight to 10 percent.
Now that the proposal has been passed, it will be sent to President Romo’s office so that the administration is aware of student opinion.
Boyd Garriot, who co-authored the bill, stated, “I felt great when the resolution passed; it meant a step forward for the university.”