USF Sarasota-Manatee
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Mission Statement

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee delivers quality education to upper-division baccalaureate and master's students in an active research environment. We support students in attaining their highest potential by nurturing leadership, critical thinking, and an appreciation for learning. We advance cultural, social, environmental, and economic well-being for all we serve

Vision Statement

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee aspires to be a leader in higher education, delivering accessible academic programs and contributing significant research, while inspiring continuous improvement locally and globally.


The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee values excellence, professionalism, and continuous improvement through integrity, collaboration, diversity, and leadership.

Strategic Goals

1. Learner-Centered Environment

Be a diverse, collaborative, and intellectually challenging campus with high quality academic programs and support services for students, faculty, staff and community.

2. Technology

Provide and encourage strategic use of electronic learning technology.

3. Program Growth

Promote expansion of distinctive upper-division baccalaureate, master's, and research initiatives that serve local and global needs.

4. Professional and Continuing Education

Provide advanced professional and continuing education that serves community needs.

5. Financial Stability

Grow and diversify the resource base.

6. Assessment

Expand the system of self-study and continuous improvement.

7. Accreditation

Work toward institutional autonomy within the USF system with separate regional and professional accreditations.


Approved by USF SM Campus Board: 4/29/2008; Further reviewed: 8/15/2008
Approved by Executive Council: 2/15/2008; Further reviewed: 3/31/2008, 4/21/2008, 5/5/08, 8/1/2008
Reviewed by Staff Committees & Suggested Revisions Forwarded to Executive Council: 3/21/2008
Reviewed by Faculty Governance & No Revisions Suggested: 3/21/2008
Reviewed by Community Leadership Council & Suggested Revisions Forwarded to Executive Council: 4/17/2008
Reviewed by South County Advisory Board & Suggested Revisions Forwarded to Executive Council: 4/28/2008
Reviewed by Academic Affairs Management Council 8/18/2008
Approved by ACE Work Group of USF BOT 8/21/2008
Approved by USF Board of Trustees 9/11/2008