The UTSA College of Business was ranked one of the Top 5 schools in Texas and the No. 1 Hispanic Serving Institution in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek in their 2016 ranking of Best Undergraduate Business Schools.
“The inaugural ranking of our undergraduate business program validates what so many stakeholders have said about the college’s business programs,” said Wm. Gerard Sanders, dean and Bodenstedt Chair of the UTSA College of Business.
“To be recognized for not only the quality of our academic programs, but also for how we prepare our students to enter the workforce is monumental. Our goal in the College of Business is to transform business students into business professionals. These rankings show that we are accomplishing that goal.”
Scholarship Program Established
San Antonio philanthropist Harvey E. Najim has established the Harvey Najim Pathways Scholarship program in the UTSA College of Business to prepare underserved students for jobs in high-demand fields.
As part of a larger initiative with the Alamo Community Colleges, the program will support transfer students from Alamo Colleges to the College of Business in the areas of cyber security and information systems.
“We are excited to partner with Harvey Najim to establish this program in the UTSA College of Business,” said Wm. Gerard Sanders, dean and Bodenstedt Chair. “Through this innovative program, local, first-generation students will be able to pursue a bachelor’s degree in cyber security—an area of high demand not only nationally, but particularly in San Antonio. We welcome this opportunity to educate San Antonio students and transform them into confident and career-ready professionals.”
In addition to UTSA, partner universities include Texas A&M-San Antonio and the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.
“Too many jobs in technology and the medical field are not being filled with local San Antonio graduates—especially those from low-income families,” said Najim.
Fifty students per year for four years will participate in the program.
UTSA scholars will receive $2,500 per year for two years to complete their degree from the Najim Pathways program. And, that amount will be matched by the College of Business—providing critical support for students to complete their undergraduate degree.
UTSA Cyber Security Graduate Programs Ranked
UTSA’s cyber security graduate programs have been ranked as one of the top two programs in the United States, according to an analysis of 70 programs by Universities.com. The ranking highlighted UTSA’s success in generating a pipeline of talented students with the knowledge and practical skills to excel in cyber security careers.
“Many programs produce either skilled cyber security practitioners or people knowledgeable about cyber security, but few achieve both. The UTSA College of Business does,” said Nicole Beebe, Ph.D. ’07, Melvin Lachman Distinguished Professor in Entrepreneurship and associate professor in cyber security.
The Ponemon Institute has previously ranked UTSA’s overall cyber security program No. 1 in the nation, based on a survey of IT executives, and the university’s academic and research programs are recognized for excellence by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
The College of Business offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in cyber security. Alumni have secured jobs with industry, government and military employers such as Rackspace, USAA, Raytheon, Booz Allen, the NSA and the U.S. Army.
Junior Achievement Honors Work of Faculty Member
Bennie Wilson, a senior lecturer in management at the UTSA College of Business and a member of the Junior Achievement of South Texas Board of Directors, accepted the award on behalf of the university last spring in New York City.
“Junior Achievement is the largest international non-profit organization dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 on business subjects affecting their personal and professional futures,” said Wilson, whose students have volunteered with Junior Achievement since 2002.
During the 2014-15 academic year, UTSA College of Business students clocked more than 5,000 volunteer hours. Over the past 14 years, more than 6,500 UTSA business students volunteered with Junior Achievement and conducted presentations on such subjects as work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy to more than 133,000 area students.
“UTSA and Junior Achievement of South Texas have partnered to bring business education to public and private elementary, middle and high school students in the Bexar county area.”
Top 10 in the South
The UTSA College of Business Department of Economics was ranked one of the Top 10 economics departments in the South for faculty productivity according to an article in Applied Economics Letters.
Economics faculty members conduct research in the areas of applied econometrics, financial economics, monetary economics and international economics. The department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees including a newly-revamped Master of Arts in Economics degree which includes new tracks in financial economics and business data analysis and forecasting.
BB&T Grant Funds Student Internships
The UTSA College of Business received a $50,000 grant from BB&T to support paid internship opportunities for 12 business students at San Antonio nonprofits. Working to advance the areas of community economic development, children and youth, education and literacy and social justice, BB&T selected six nonprofit organizations to participate in the BB&T Nonprofit Internship Program.
Organizations included the Boys & Girls Club, Catholic Charities, Family Service Association, Goodwill, the National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders and San Antonio Education Partnership.
“BB&T has always been a partner, an advocate and a force for change,” said Mark A. Nerio, vice president and community development specialist at BB&T. “The BB&T Program, in partnership with the UTSA College of Business, has a positive impact on the students’ learning as well as on the capacity of the nonprofit organizations to deliver needed services to San Antonio residents.”
The students each completed 200 hours of work this summer as part of the internship experience.
“We are grateful to BB&T for this partnership,” said Lisa Montoya, associate dean for professional development and international business programs in the UTSA College of Business. “This experience will enhance our business students’ skills and allow them to make a significant contribution toward the mission of each organization. Our students are interested in using their business skills to benefit the nonprofit sector.”