Texas A&M University–San Antonio
|Texas A&M University–San Antonio|
|President||Maria Hernandez Ferrier|
|Location||San Antonio, Texas
|Former names||Texas A&M University–Kingsville System Center (2000-2009)|
|Colors||Black, Silver and Madla Maroon
Texas A&M University–San Antonio (TAMUSA) is a state university located in San Antonio, Texas, USA that was established on May 23, 2009, and held its first classes as a stand-alone university on August 20, 2009. It currently enrolls approximately 5,000 students and offers undergraduate and graduate-level classes, as well as a graduate alternative teacher certification program. Texas A&M-San Antonio has 161 full and part time faculty. Forty two were recently recognized with Teaching Excellence Awards based on student evaluations. In the past academic year, the faculty published 116 articles in professional journals and books; presented at 89 professional conferences; and were involved in 46 significant professional service activities. Texas A&M University–San Antonio is the first Texas A&M System institution to be established in a major urban center.
The University is housed in two locations: the School of Arts and Sciences and School of Education and Kinesiology at TAMU-SA Main Campus, One University Way, San Antonio, TX 78224; and the School of Business at Brooks City-Base Campus, 2601 Louis Bauer Drive, San Antonio, TX 78235. Texas A&M-San Antonio also offers classes at The Alamo Colleges' Alamo University Center on the city's northeast side at 8300 Pat Booker Road, Live Oak, TX 78233.
Construction on the University's permanent campus began after the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents approved final design plans in March 2010, and a groundbreaking ceremony was scheduled for May 7, 2010. The first building finished construction in Summer 2011 and faculty and staff from the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education moved in time for the Fall 2011 enrollment. The university's main campus was constructed on a 580 acres (2 km2) site on the south side of San Antonio, near Loop 410 and Zarzamora. The developer of the land is Verano Land Group LP, who donated the 694-acre (2.809 km2) lot and one million dollars for scholarships. The architectural firm responsible for the campus plans are Kell Munoz and the Construction Manager at Risk is Bartlett Cocke. Construction will be completed in phases: in the first phase, multi-purpose buildings will be constructed to house classrooms, faculty and staff offices, a library, student services offices, and food services; and in subsequent phases, a library, academic buildings, and residential housing are to be built. Texas A&M-San Antonio plans to reach an enrollment of 25,000 students by 2025. The campus is being built in part due to a plan by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to enroll 630,000 students in college by 2015.
Kingsville System Center
Texas A&M-San Antonio opened under the name Texas A&M University–Kingsville System Center after SB 800, authored by Senator Frank Madla, was passed in 2003. The Texas Legislature authorized $40 million in tuition revenue bonds for this new campus in 2006 under HB 153, contingent on full time enrollment reaching 1,500 by January 1, 2010.
Texas A&M University–San Antonio was created to address an educational need in the South Side of San Antonio. The Texas Legislature asked the Texas A&M University System to establish a center that would offer junior- and senior-level courses in South San Antonio, an area that has been historically underserved in terms of higher education. Such a center was approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in January 2000. Texas A&M University–Kingsville was named the lead institution to create and operate the System Center, which first operated on nearby Palo Alto College, a community college in the Alamo College system. The Center used surveys and research to determine the types of programs most in demand in the area.
- Applied Arts and Sciences
- Computer Information Systems
- Interdisciplinary Studies (Elementary Education)
Now an independent institution, Texas A&M-San Antonio offers the MBA and the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) program — a program that offers students with formal training in a vocational/technical area the opportunity to obtain a bachelor's degree without the significant loss of credits that normally occurs in pursuing a traditional degree.
As Texas A&M's second newest institution (after Central Texas) and San Antonio's second public university, Texas A&M University–San Antonio complements the crosstown University of Texas at San Antonio in bringing public education to the San Antonio metropolitan area.
A&M-San Antonio offers many opportunities for students to join a student organization or create their own organization that fits their needs. Campus Activities Board (CAB), Student Government Association (SGA), and University Voices are the only student organizations that are sponsored by the University, meaning they receive funds to support the organization. All other student organizations are self-maintained. The Greek Life at TAMU-SA is slowly growing. There is one Sorority and one Fraternity that maintain active status within the University. Sigma Delta Lambda Sorority, Inc., a Service/Social sorority, was chartered on the TAMU-SA campus in Fall 2012. The campus Criminology department also established a Pre-Law Society that started in the Fall of 2012. Although, all student majors are welcomed to join the club, the majority of the participants are political science or criminology majors. The club strives to prepare members for future legal careers and help its members become affiliated with preparation for the LSAT (if law school is an ambition for the future). The Pre-Law Society also engages in campus activities to grow the club and raise funds for field trips. Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc., a Service/Social Fraternity, was also founded on the TAMU-SA campus in Fall 2012 by six Men of Vision who committed themselves to Service and Brotherhood. They provide brotherhood for undergraduate men who strive for excellence in academics. There are also various Honor Societies on campus that are specific to their major of study. For a complete list of active student organizations, students are advised to visit the Student Life webpage.
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