The University of South Florida board of trustees on Thursday unanimously approved the creation of a new Honors College to help attract and challenge high-achieving students.
The College would be established in the fall and would have its own dean, faculty members and a new honors degree.
"This will help us raise the bar at USF," said board member John Ramil.
The cost for the program, at least initially, will be minimal.
Board member Michael Griffin asked whether the college might be housed in its own building. To which USF President Judy Genshaft replied: "Step by step. First we need the college."