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USF Poly responds to independence plan criticisms



The University of South Florida Polytechnic today defended its independence plan, responding to two dozen criticisms outlined by USF administrators last week.

In a letter sent to the state university system chancellor, USF Poly's leader, Marshall Goodman, said the school's enrollment projections -- deemed overly ambitious in the review by USF -- were on par with similar institutions' growth. In its plan, USF Poly said it would jump from 1,300 students to about 16,000 in 15 years. As an example, Gooodman pointed to the University of Central Florida, which grew from about 2,000 students to more than 15,000 in the same time period.

Goodman added that concerns about USF Poly's plan to pay for its independence were also misguided. In a number of wordy and, frankly, confusing explanations, Goodman says "a full strategy has been developed to establish a new brand identity for the polytechnic, regardless of independence," and that the money for that strategy would come from "other operating expenses." He said new technology-rich programs that he's promised will be funded by "student tech fees."

As for the accreditation concerns, Goodman relented that the proposed timeline, deemed unrealistic by USF, has since been extended.

Read more in his full response, attached below.

[Last modified: Monday, October 31, 2011 1:46pm]


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