Institutional Effectiveness: Research Within Its Mission

The institution identifies expected outcomes, assesses the extent to which it achieves these outcomes, and provides evidence of improvements based on analysis of the results in each of the following areas: research within its mission, if appropriate.

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The missions in both Strategic Plans that have guided the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USF Sarasota-Manatee) since 2012 include research. The 2012-16 Strategic Plan included the following in the mission statement: “. . . provide access to professional higher education programs and scholarly research. . .” (Mission 2012-2016). The 2015-20 Strategic Plan includes the following wording in its mission: “provides . . . high quality bachelor’s and graduate‐level education and scholarly activity . . .” (Mission 2015-2020).

Research Units

USF Sarasota-Manatee designated four units as having a significant research component: (1) the Florida Institute for Healthcare Quality Management, (2) the M3 Center for Hospitality, Technology, and Innovation, (3) the Center for Partnerships in Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT), and (4) the Academic Research unit. In addition, each of the four colleges require research of its faculty members who are tenured or tenure-earning and then assess how well the faculty meet expectations for research. The three annual Assessment Planning Records (APR) below provide a campus-wide summary of the assessment of Research within USF Sarasota-Manatee’s mission.

Research Assessment Planning Record (APR) 2014-15 Report 2013-14 Report 2012-13 Report

The four designated research units participate in the annual cycle of unit assessment planning, data collection, analysis of results, and use of results. The Florida Institute began as a component of USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Business (COB), but had no activity for two years. Therefore, COB made the decision to move the Institute to the College of Public Health, a part of USF Health in Tampa. The M3 Center, established during the 2014-15 academic year, has the purpose to become the first source for sharing new tools and knowledge that serve the hospitality industry. The PAInT Center exists to develop and support partnerships dedicated to preparing effective educators who will learn, lead, inspire, and transform their schools and communities in, with, and through the arts. USF Sarasota-Manatee appointed a faculty coordinator for Academic Research in May 2015. Academic Research’s  mission is to recognize and support diverse faculty and student research activities, to support excellence in research, and to communicate opportunities to enhance research productivity.

Research Unit Accountable Person 2015-16 Assessment Plan 2014-15 Assessment Report 2013-14 Assessment Report 2012-13 Assessment Report
Institute for Health-care  Quality Mgt Moved to USF in Tampa Public Health, effective 2014-15 * * Annual Unit Assessment: Institute for Health-care Quality 2013-14 Report Annual Unit Assessment: Institute for Health-care Quality 2012-13 Report
M3 Center Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu Annual Unit Assessment: M3 Center for Hospitality Technology Innovation 2015-16 Plan Annual Unit Assessment: M3 Center for Hospitality Technology Innovation 2014-15 Report Unit opened in 2014-15
PAInT Center Dr. Brianne Reck Annual Unit Assessment: PAInT Center 2015-16 Plan Annual Unit Assessment: PAInT Center 2014-15 Report Annual Unit Assessment: Paint 2013-14 Report Annual Unit Assessment: Paint 2012-13 Report
Academic Research Dr. Richard Reich Annual Unit Assessment: Academic Research 2015-16 Plan Unit opened in  2015-16

* USF Public Health in Tampa assumed administrative responsibility for the Florida Institute for Healthcare Quality Management in 2014-15.

Annual Assessment Cycle Timeline

August 1–May 31 Administrative Unit Work Toward Achieving Goals: Administrative units work to achieve their goals that align with USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Strategic Plan, the USF System Strategic Plan, and the Florida Board of Governor’s State University System Strategic Plan; collect assessment data; analyze the data; determine the level at which they achieved their goals; determine new goals for the following year; make their plans for the following year; request additional resources as needed; and submit their reports to a regional vice chancellor or the Regional Chancellor, depending on their reporting lines.
June 1 Administrative Unit Heads’ Assessment Reports: Each administrative unit submits its assessment results to IR along with its plan for the following year and with requests for additional resources (e.g., budget, staff) based on assessment results. IR discusses the reports with the unit heads, if necessary, and sends the report on to the regional vice chancellor or the Regional Chancellor.
June 15 Regional Vice Chancellor’s Reports: For administrative units reporting to a regional vice chancellor, that administrator reviews and comments on the results/plans for units reporting to him/her and passes the results/plans on to the Regional Chancellor.
June 30 Regional Chancellor’s Report: The Regional Chancellor reviews and comments on each administrative unit’s results/plans and allocates resources accordingly.
August 1 Administrative Unit Heads’ Assessment Plans: Each administrative unit, after reviewing the vice chancellor and chancellor responses, submits its assessment plan for the new fiscal year to IR for posting.

Faculty Research

The college deans assign tenured or tenure-earning faculty members and some non-tenured instructors to a research assignment that ranges from 5% to 50% of each individual faculty member’s workload. The USF System Faculty Academic Activity Information Reporting System (FAIR Non-Instruction Activity) tracks faculty research. Faculty members enter their research activity into the database, where the deans and the Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic & Student Affairs annually review the research article listings, book publications, grant submissions, and conference presentations of the USF Sarasota-Manatee faculty members (FAIR Description). The FAIR system also includes each faculty member’s annual review by his/her dean, which typically contains an assessment of the research quantity and quality of the individual faculty member.



Use of Assessment Results

Grant productivity across USF Sarasota-Manatee had been going down in both proposals and awards had been diminishing over the last few years. An increase in submissions in 2013-14 resulted in an increase in awards in 2014-15. However, based on the number of faculty conducting research, the number of grants received and the number of faculty receiving grants could be higher. An outside grant consultant reviewed USF Sarasota-Manatee’s processes in spring 2015 and concluded that the grant support services at USF Sarasota-Manatee need to grow further before a consultant is brought in to assist the faculty in obtaining grants.   

In the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, the vision statement includes being nationally recognized as a research-focused university (Strategic Plan Vision). Also in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, Goal 5 is to “recognize and support diverse faculty and student research activities.”

In pursuit of this vision and this goal with consideration of the above assessment data, the Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic & Student Affairs named a Faculty Coordinator of Research, Dr. Richard Reich, Associate Professor of Psychology, effective with the 2015-16 academic year. His role will support excellence in research and communicate opportunities to enhance research productivity. In addition, he will profile, develop, and manage a research mentor program. The Coordinator will also determine faculty and student needs and priorities for resources and support for research and grants. The Faculty Coordinator will also develop a more complete comprehensive faculty research database than is currently available.  Additionally, the Vice Chancellor continues to encourage the deans and faculty members to submit proposals and work closely with staff in USF Research and Innovation, a USF System resource, to identify and apply for grant funding.

As outlined in the USF Sarasota-Manatee Implementation Plan 2015-2020, scholarly activities will be assessed through the following outcomes: research grants submitted and received, service grants with outside agencies, peer-reviewed journal articles published, books and book chapters published, peer-reviewed scholarly presentations, and number of students engaged in faculty-directed research (Scholarly Activities Outcomes – Implementation Plan).


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