2.1 Degree Granting Authority

Core Requirement 2.1 Degree Granting Authority

The institution has degree-granting authority from the appropriate government agency or agencies.

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The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USF Sarasota-Manatee) has authority to grant degrees pursuant to the Constitution of the State of Florida, Florida Statutes, Regulations of the Board of Governors (BOG) of the State University System of Florida (SU), the Operating Procedures of the USF Board of Trustees (BOT), and the Memorandum of Delegation from the USF System President to USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Regional Chancellor, the Chief Executive Officer.

The Florida Constitution, Article IX (7b), established the SUS. Florida Constitution, Article IX (7d), grants the BOG the authority to “operate, regulate, control, and be fully responsible for the management of the whole university system.”  Florida Statutes Florida Statute 1001.705, 2(a) and Florida Statute 1001.706(1) further recognize the BOG’s Constitutional and legal authority.

Following that authority, the BOG adopted BOG Regulation 1.001(2)(e), which grants the BOT of each constituent institution the authority to “establish the powers and duties of the University President.” The USF System President is the Corporate Secretary to the USF System’s BOT and is responsible for all operations and administration (USF BOT Operating Procedures Article I (C3). The President has authority to award degrees as established in the fully signed and executed contract effective July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2016, between the President and the BOT (President Genshaft Contract, Sec. 1.2.15).

Through a Memorandum of Delegation dated June 15, 2009, the USF System President delegated the authority and accountability to award degrees to USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Regional Chancellor. USF Sarasota-Manatee’s degrees are listed on the 2014-15 Degree Inventory and the 2015-16 Degree Inventory.