3.4.2 Continuing Education Service Programs

Comprehensive Standard 3.4.2: Continuing Education/Service Programs

The institution’s continuing education, outreach, and service programs are consistent with the institution’s mission.

Compliance Partial Compliance Non-compliance

NARRATIVE

Continuing education, outreach, and service programs at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USF Sarasota-Manatee) are consistent with its 2012-2016 mission and its new 2015-2020 mission.

2015-2020 Mission Statement: The University of South Florida Sarasota‐Manatee provides high quality bachelor’s and graduate‐level education and scholarly activity in a personalized learning community that prepares successful leaders and responsible citizens.

2012-2016 Mission Statement: 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.

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s 2020 Vision formalizes the University’s commitment to being a “community‐engaged university with significant economic and cultural impact to the region.”  USF Policy 10-042, Non-traditional Education Including Online Delivery and Continuing Education, authorizes the role and scope of USF Sarasota-Manatee’s continuing education program, including (a) non-credit professional development courses or programs designed to upgrade existing technical or professional skills and (b) courses that are provided primarily for personal enrichment. Information on the assessment of community services activities is provided in Comprehensive Standard 3.3.1.5 (Institutional Effectiveness: Community/Public Service).

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s history with providing and charging the public for continuing education programs has been limited. USF Sarasota-Manatee developed three continuing education programs in 2014 and 2015: two in social media and one in human trafficking. They failed to meet minimum enrollment requirements to be profitable and were cancelled. Successful ACT Test Prep Courses ran four times during the 2014-15 academic year. Class size is limited to 25 with students paying $50 to register for the 12-hour program run over three days. These programs align with the mission of USF Sarasota-Manatee, because they were constructed to “prepare successful leaders and responsible citizens.”

USF Sarasota-Manatee has instead had much success with attendance at programs offered at no charge to the public. It has also reached out to local businesses, school districts, and agencies to obtain feedback and provide internship experiences for students.

The table below provides examples of continuing education, outreach, and community service activities. Continuing education is defined as activities that allow participants to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs).  Community Outreach is when students or faculty go into the community to partner with agencies and businesses or community leaders come to campus to assist USF Sarasota-Manatee.  Community Service is defined as activities done for the public good. Each of these activities relates to the Mission Statements above.

Continuing Education, Community Outreach, and Community Service Activities

Responsible Unit Program Name Relationship to Mission Audience (s) Served Credit Y or N Type*
Advancement Knowledge-A-Bull Speaker Series “provides access to. . . scholarly research” Students, faculty, staff, alumni, community N S
Admissions ACT Test Prep Course “personalized learning community” High school students N S
Career Services Student Internships-All Majors “personalized learning community” Students & community businesses, agencies, entities Depen-dent on major O
Chancellor’s Office Community Leadership Council “prepares/graduates successful leaders & responsible citizens” Over 50 USFSM community leaders N O
Lifelong Learning Academy “empower Florida’s Suncoast to thrive” 3,500 senior citizens N S
College of Arts & Sciences Duvall Family Studies Conference “provides access to. . . scholarly research” 50-100 biennially N S
College of Business Student Internships – COB “personalized learning community” Students & local businesses/ agencies Y – 3 credits O
MBA Capstone Project “prepares/graduates successful leaders & responsible citizens” Students & local businesses/ agencies leaders who review projects Y – 3 credits O
College of Education Student Internships – COE “personalized learning community” Students and teachers/principals Y – 1-6 credits O
PAInT Center “prepare/graduate successful leaders who empower Florida’s Suncoast to thrive locally, nationally, and globally” Students and arts community leaders N O
Project Elevate  “prepares/graduates successful leaders who empower Florida’s Suncoast to thrive locally” 2,575 students, 186 teachers, and 10 USFSM teacher interns in 4 Title I schools – USFSM faculty external evaluators N O
College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership Industry Experience “personalized learning community” Students and hospitality businesses Y – Degree Require- ment O
Chowdown for Charity “prepares successful leaders & responsible citizens” Students and community members N S
Farm to Fork “prepares successful leaders & responsible citizens” Students and community members N S
Vets 2 Chefs Program “prepares successful leaders & responsible citizens” Homeless military veterans N S
Facilities & Planning Community Use of Building: Facility Rental Fee Waiver, saving organizations more than $20,000 in 2014. “prepares . . .  responsible citizens”“empower Florida’s Suncoast to thrive” 29 non-profit and community organizations in 2014 N S
Registration Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver “personalized learning community”“successful leaders who empower Florida’s Suncoast to thrive” Florida residents, 60 years or older N S

* Continuing Education (C), Outreach (O), Community Service (S).

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