The Paisano

The cost of Tier One is more than economic

Editorial staff

September 7, 2016

The primary criteria for achieving the Carnegie classification of Tier One status is reaching a research fund expenditure of $100 million in the sciences and engineering. UTSA’s relentless pursuit of this status - one that completely disregards and neglects the arts - is evident. The enter...

Tier what? Ambitious but ambiguous

Editorial Board

January 26, 2016

UTSA is hell-bent on being tier one. For the sake of one day being recognized among the best universities in the state (UT Austin, A&M and Rice, technically), UTSA has barreled towards the top, at all costs, and at times bulldozing elements that made it top-grade. In 2009, the Texas legislature...

UTSA lagging behind other emerging tier one universities in research spending

April 21, 2015

Marcus Connnolly, The Paisano As UTSA continues its unabashed push for Tier One, many of the achievements go unnoticed by the student body. Although much of the emphasis of tier one universities is to recruit and retain high quality students and faculty, there is just as much of a dri...

UTSA raising standards for potential students

April 14, 2015

Marcus Connolly, The Paisano Since the publication of the UTSA GRIP (Graduation Rate Improvement Plan) in 2011, the university has found ways of attracting more academically distinguished high school seniors to consider UTSA as their college of choice. Stated in the GRIP, “Historica...

UTSA earns Carnegie designation for community involvement

February 11, 2015

Marcus Connolly/ The Paisano Last month, UTSA announced that it received a prestigious Carnegie Award, given to schools that demonstrate significant engagement in the community. The designation, which is awarded every five years, is the culmination of years of work by the uni...

Is Tier One worth loss of part-time students?

February 3, 2015

Marcus Connolly/ The Paisano As UTSA’s four-year graduation rate continues to improve, the university continues to push toward Tier One status. However, part-time students fear UTSA is losing sight of its original mission of being a regional university. Last year, the four-year gr...

Board of Regents should let UTSA move on without CAP

October 22, 2013

When the Coordinated Admissions Program (CAP) began in 2001 UTSA’s admission rate was essentially 100 percent, fewer than 20,000 students were enrolled here and we were without a football team, a Rec Center or an identity. Now, as UTSA continues its push for Tier One status, it is becoming incre...

UTSA: The Path to Tier One

April 30, 2013

In 2009, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) named UTSA one of seven universities to compete for funding and the status of Tier One, giving it the title “Upcoming Research University.” To propel its path toward Tier One, UTSA increased its admission and research standards.Texas ...