Investor Spotlight: Texas A&M San Antonio

2019 marks Texas A&M University-San Antonio’s (A&M-SA) 10th anniversary as a stand-alone institution. In just 10 years, the comprehensive four-year public university has grown to serve more than 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students on San Antonio’s south side and throughout Texas – reflecting the culturally diverse, heritage-rich community it serves. Last week the University welcomed its largest freshman class of nearly 725 students. While students come to the A&M-SA from across Texas, half continue to be from San Antonio with a 30% growth over the past three years; and a 43% increase of students from Southside ISD.

Situated on nearly 700 acres in South San Antonio, A&M-SA is a Military EmbracingTM institution offering more than 40 undergraduate programs and 14 graduate programs supported by nearly 650 faculty and staff. The university holds the HSI (Hispanic-Serving Institution) designation. More than 70 percent of its students are first-generation college attendees and over 71 percent of the student population is Hispanic. Nearly 12,000 alumni are contributing to the vitality of communities and industries across Texas and throughout the United States.

As A&M-SA grows, the young university is sharply focused on South Bexar County, San Antonio, the state and students as well as the companies that will employ them in the future. Industry partnerships locally and nationally are a recipe for success to better prepare these students for their future careers. A&M-SA partners with local employers, like Valero, Alterman, Spawglass, Stantec, and Whataburger, as well as national companies including Facebook.

“Industry partnerships remain vital to the university’s ability to deliver our mission and a quality experience,” said Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson, president of A&M-SA. “These relationships enrich the student experience while amplifying opportunities that support high impact learning experiences that give our students an edge in the competitive hiring environment.”

Through the efforts of the Mays Center for Experiential Learning & Community Engagement, the university offers robust programming to develop career-minded, skillful graduates ready for the world of work and to be active citizens in the community. The Mays Center relies on partnerships with businesses and individuals. “In today’s global market, it takes more than a degree to stand out and that why we place such high value on the expertise, mentorship, and opportunities for internships,” said Dr. Edwin Blanton, director of the Mays Center. Partnerships with Wells Fargo, CPS Energy, and Avanzar Interior Technologies complement the range of programs and activities for students.

On the near horizon are a number of developments that will impact the region and South Bexar County, according to Pres. Teniente-Matson. The university is on schedule to launch an intercollegiate athletics program in Spring 2020. The athletics program – a first for South Bexar County – will build upon the tradition and spirit of A&M intercollegiate athletics while enhancing the campus and student life experience. “Athletics is one of the cornerstones of building intergenerational traditions and cultivating a spirit of community for our students, alumni, faculty, staff and greater community,” said Teniente-Matson. The institution will initially launch men’s and women’s soccer, women’s softball, and men’s golf; and later, men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball once the on-campus recreation center is built (currently expected to open in Summer of 2022). Also scheduled to launch this year is an e-sports program.

A&M-SA’s campus master plan looks ahead to accommodate 25,000 students in the years to come. Since 2009, more than $75M has been invested in infrastructure and capital construction. The latest building scheduled to open in the Fall 2020 is a 55,000 sq. ft. class room building to support the growing student body. Expanded facilities will be needed to support the university’s enrollment growth, projected to reach 10,000 by 2022 Since 2015 the campus has averaged a new building each year including Esperanza Hall, the institution’s first residence hall, which opened in 2017 and since then has been at full capacity with nearly 400 beds. Up next is a proposed combined recreation and student union complex to support the new athletics program and student life activities, according to Dr. William Spindle, vice president for business affairs. New student housing and a home for Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service and a facility for use by the Texas Department of Emergency Management are also on the horizon.

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