2.4 Institutional Mission

Core Requirement 2.4: Institutional Mission

The institution has a clearly defined, comprehensive, and published mission statement that is specific to the institution and appropriate for higher education.  The mission addresses teaching and learning and, where applicable, research and public service.

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The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USF Sarasota-Manatee) clearly defines its mission that is specific to the institution and appropriate for higher education. As an integral and complementary part of a multi-campus university system, USF Sarasota-Manatee retains a separate identity and mission while contributing to and benefiting from the associations, cooperation, and shared resources of the USF System. The mission, published publicly, addresses teaching and learning, research, and public service. It is comprehensive in its commitment to excellence of its programs at every level and for all modes of delivery.

Mission Statement
Focus on Quality 2020 – USF Sarasota-Manatee Strategic Plan 2015-2020 states the mission of USF Sarasota-Manatee: “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.”

Why this mission?
USF Sarasota-Manatee’s primary focus is to provide a quality curriculum and instruction at an affordable cost, which addresses the specific higher education needs of the residents in the region.

  • USF Sarasota-Manatee offers a flexible mix of online and classroom instruction at times that are convenient to the large commuter student population.
  • USF Sarasota-Manatee offers additional certificate programs and internships that meet the unique needs of employers and employees in the region.
  • USF Sarasota-Manatee partners with local businesses, non-profits, and educational institutions to ensure that the educational programs provide qualified employment candidates to address current and future community needs.
  • USF Sarasota-Manatee’s size supports a personalized learning experience built on small class sizes, individual attention, campus experiences, and opportunities for community engagement.

The USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus Board and the USF System Board of Trustees (BOT) review and approve the strategic plan, which includes the mission statement adopted for the relevant planning period. The Campus Board approved the new mission on April 10, 2015, as part of the new strategic plan: Focus on Quality 2020 (Campus Board Agenda April 10, 2015 and Campus Board Minutes April 10, 2015). The BOT approved USF Sarasota-Manatee’s mission at its June 4, 2015 meeting, also as part of the new strategic plan (BOT Agenda June 4, 2015 and BOT Minutes June 4, 2015).

The Constitution of the State of Florida, Article IX (7d),  includes the Florida Board of Governors’ (BOG) responsibility for “defining the distinctive mission of each constituent university” within the State University System (SUS). Florida Statute 1004.01, defines the purpose and mission of the SUS, which each university mission must support.

The BOG has statutory regulation over the mission of each SUS institution (Florida Statute  1001.705(2a)),  although the BOG provides each institution the authority to design its own unique mission (BOG Regulation 1.001 (3c)).  

The BOG approves each SUS university’s mission statement during the annual review of the institutions’ annual Work Plans (USF Sarasota-Manatee 2015-16 Work Plan), which must include the university’s mission statement and vision for the current planning period as well as specify goals and objectives consistent with that mission (BOG  Agenda June 16-18, 2015; BOG Mission Statement Approval Process, E-mail, Richard Stevens).

Important Note: USF Sarasota-Manatee operated from January 2012 to June 2015 using the following mission from the 2012-2016 Strategic Plan (Mission Statement 2012-16): “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.” Therefore, assessment plans and other documents from 2012-15 will address this mission rather than the current mission described throughout this section. Starting in 2015-16, programs and units align their outcomes to the new mission. Because the two missions did not change substantively, USF Sarasota-Manatee did not submit a substantive change regarding the new mission statement.

Additional information on the USF Sarasota-Manatee Mission is provided in Comprehensive Standard 3.1.1 (Mission).  Information on the relationship between USF Sarasota-Manatee’s mission and its curriculum is provided in Federal Requirement 4.2 (Program Curriculum). 

Locations of Published Mission Statement