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Viewpoint: New Year’s resolutions for a growing university

Cynthia Teniente-Matson. Courtesy Photo
Texas A&M University-San Antonio Interim President Cynthia Teniente-Matson. Courtesy of Cary Edmundson

Student Media Board

This university will ring in 2015 with a new president. Thankfully, Cynthia Teniente-Matson comes prepared with a stellar financial and business background, just what we need to lead university expansion.

Teniente-Matson shows much promise in helping us create a culture which embraces students and their interests and concerns. Her background in finance also should allow her to use dollars to achieve maximum benefits for the community as the university grows.

We humbly suggest goals for our second university president as she takes the reins. Here’s our top-ten wish list:

  1. Become transparent. Open meetings, and doors to discussion and decision making for the benefit of students.
  2. Hang on to affordable tuition. Do not let go.
  3. Keep student-to-teacher ratios low. Our students find it helpful to pursue the college careers.
  4. Continue building a student-centered culture with enthusiastic staff encouragement for activities and organizations.
  5. Move intramurals to the front burner and gradually introduce low-cost intercollegiate sports.
  6. Add more fun. Bring student-oriented concerts to the campus and the new auditorium.
  7. Adopt formal and informal ongoing methods to survey student interests and needs. Let the results guide your actions.
  8. Find forward-thinking partners to develop areas near campus to provide food, shopping, housing and recreation within 10 years.
  9. Bring some cool. Work to make this an unique place—a place people will choose to learn and to spend time.
  10. Amp up the food quality available at the cafeteria. A little more variety does not hurt anyone. Examine university regulations that prevent food trucks on our campus.

Think of these top-ten goals as the students’ New Year’s resolutions for this university. Cheers!

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