Institution’s Mission

Comprehensive Standard 3.2.2: Governing Board Control

The legal authority and operating control of the institution are clearly defined for the following areas within the institution’s governance structure. institution’s mission


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Florida Statutes and the institution’s operating procedures clearly define the legal authority and operating control of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USF Sarasota-Manatee).

At the state level, the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) has the responsibility to operate, regulate, control, and manage the State University System, including defining the distinctive mission for each institution (Article IX, Section 7d, Florida Constitution; FS1001.705(2a)). FS 1001.706(5)(a) mandates that the BOG “. . . shall align the missions of each constituent university with the academic success of its students; the national reputation of its faculty and its academic and research programs; the quantity of externally generated research, patents, and licenses; and the strategic and accountability plans. . ..” The power and duties of the local board of trustees (BOT) is delineated by BOG Regulation 1.001(1)BOG Regulation 1.001(3c) charges the BOT with adopting a strategic plan that is in alignment with the BOG system-wide strategic plan. The USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus Board, in turn, has the authority to develop a strategic plan in accordance with Article II (K4) of its Operating Procedures.

USF Sarasota-Manatee developed its current Mission Statement as part of its Focus on Quality 2020: Strategic Plan 2015-2020, which was approved by the USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus Board on April 10, 2015, and by the USF BOT on June 4, 2015.

The BOG approves the mission statements of Florida’s public universities annually as part of its review of the annual work plans (Mission Statement Approval Procedure E-mail). The BOG reviewed USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Work Plan for 2015-16 at its meeting on June 17, 2015 and approved it on June 18, 2015. USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Work Plan included the new mission.

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Organizational Chart shows how responsibility for the mission and operations is distributed among the Regional Chancellor and her Senior Leadership.

Additional information on governance is provided in Core Requirement 2.2 (Governing Board).

Core Requirement 2.4 (Institutional Mission) and Comprehensive Standard 3.1.1 (Mission) provide further information regarding USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Mission and Strategic Plan.


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