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USF Poly board takes neutral stance on separation



The University of South Florida Polytechnic board decided yesterday to make a collective statement on the calls for separating from the USF system.

Their stance was, essentially, to take no stance: "As a board we support the USF system and commit to delivering excellence to students, the community and the state. Recognizing that USF Polytechnic is unique, we are open to considering whatever options the Board of Governors and state legislature seek regarding the future of USF Polytechnic."

The vote to accept that motion was unanimous.

It followed a presentation by Marshall Goodman, USF Poly's chancellor, which was a preview of what Goodman plans to show the Board of Governors at its meeting in a couple weeks. The board, which governs the state's 11 universities, asked for the presentation following calls from Polk County leaders for USF Poly's independence. Goodman's display basically highlighted the "Polytechnic Promise," a buzz-word-heavy charter that calls for the school to focus on hands-on, practical learning more than the traditional liberal arts-heavy academic model.

But there was a big question that remained unanswered: Why is separation from USF necessary for the school's success?

And also, how would separating from the already established USF system, with its well-known name and research dollars and resources, make Poly better?

Nobody said.

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