The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee provides access to professional higher education programs and scholarly research in a personalized living and learning community that graduates successful leaders who empower Florida's Suncoast to thrive locally, nationally, and globally.


The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee strives to be a hometown comprehensive university with ever-increasing national and global impact.


The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee embraces the values of higher education:

  • Freedom of Inquiry
  • Academic Excellence
  • Student Success
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Shared Governance
  • Accountability
  • Collegiality
  • Integrity
  • Social, Economic, and Environmental Sustainability.


In order to continuously improve teaching and learning; scholarship, research, and innovation; and public service and community engagement, USF Sarasota-Manatee will provide:

  1. 1. ACCESS: Expand access to a University education that benefits students and the local, national, and global community; and (Aligns with USF System Goals 1,2, 3, 4, 5; SUS System Goals 2,3)
  2. 2. SUCCESS: Enhance success of student outcomes, faculty productivity, and community impact (Aligns with USF System Goals 1,2,4,5; SUS System Goals 1,2).
Teaching & Learning 1a. Expand academic programs in distinctive areas related to the Suncoast's needs and strengths and across disciplines, when feasible, including the ability for students to complete the full four-year bachelor's degree. 2a. Produce continuous improvement in student outcome measures, including retention and graduation rates and student career results.
2b. Earn professional accreditation and recognition, including AACSB and NCATE.
Scholarship, Research, and Innovation 1b. Promote innovative scholarship and community-engaged research. 2c. Track and promote faculty-developed measures of scholarship.
1c. Seek external funding from public grants, private foundations, and individual donors. 2d. Identify student success predictors.
Public Service & Community Engagement 1d. Partner with a variety of organizations and stakeholders, including the USF System. 2e. Earn recognition as a Carnegie Community-Engaged University.
1e. Build a University living and learning community, including residence halls, academic buildings, and student life facilities. 2f. Track and share the value of the University's and graduates' economic and societal contributions.


All academic degree programs, student and educational support units, and administrative units derive their missions, goals, and strategies from the USF Sarasota-Manatee strategic plan. Each program and unit participates in an annual cycle of planning, data collection, analysis of results, and use of results. All goals of individual programs and units link to the USF System Strategic Plan and the State University System (SUS) Strategic Plan. Multi-methods of assessment inform faculty and staff decision-making for budgets and annual change.

The SACS Site Visit Team reported the following about the USF Sarasota-Manatee Assessment System:

The committee noted that the institution has established a strong campus-wide culture of assessment along with an embedded commitment to continuous quality improvements that significantly improve students' lives and academic performance. USF Sarasota-Manatee embeds its Assessment System into its Strategic Plan to continuously improve its programs and develop new ones to serve Florida's Suncoast. The Assessment website contains each unit and program plan that ties to the three overarching Strategic Plans.


Student Enrollment Projections

Full-time Equivalent Enrollment (FTE)


Actual Projected
Lower Level 0 7 33 66 110 150 180 200 209
Upper Level 880 921 984 1004 978  1040 1087 1136 1187
Graduate 182 185 164 126 111 110 115 120 126
Total Campus 1062 1113 1181 1196 1199 1300 1382 1456 1521
LL % change     385% 102% 66% 37% 20% 11% 5%
UL % change 19% 5% 7% 2% -3% 6% 5% 5% 5%
GR % Change 9% 2% -12% -23% -12% -1% 5% 5% 5%
% change/yr 17% 5% 6% 1% 0% 8% 6% 5% 5%

Annual Activities Timeline

January Implementation of New Strategic Plan Year
May BOG Work Plan
June Administrative Unit Assessment Reports
July SACS Budget Report
Administrative Unit Assessment Plans
September College Unit Assessment Reports
October New Academic Degree Pre-Proposals & Proposals
College Unit Assessment Reports
Academic Degree Program Assessment Reports
November BOG Annual Report
Academic Degree Program Assessment Plans
December Annual Review of Strategic Plan

One-Time Activities Timeline

To be updated annually based on strategic plans from each unit.

Spring 2012 SACS substantive change for lower-level programs
Fall 2012 Begin accepting students with 45-60 credit hours
Spring 2013 AACSB visit
Fall 2013 Begin accepting first-time in college freshmen
Open first residence hall
Fall 2014 NCATE visit
Fall 2015 Apply for Carnegie Community-Engaged University recognition
Spring 2016 SACS Reaffirmation Visit (including QEP)

Review Process

10/03/2011 Reviewed by USF Sarasota-Manatee Academic Council
10/10/2011 Reviewed by USF Sarasota-Manatee Faculty Senate
10/10/2011 Reviewed by USF Sarasota-Manatee Executive Council
10/11/2011 Approved by USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus Board
11/14/2011 Reviewed by USF System Academic and Campus Environment Advisory Council
12/01/2011 Approved by USF System Academic and Campus Environment Work Group
12/08/2011 Approved by USF Board of Trustees

Strategic Planning Committee Resources

The following resources informed the work of the Strategic Planning Committee:

2006-11 Complete Plan