‘Several important’ decisions left to make before USF consolidates

A report by the Consolidation Implementation Committee notes multiple items still undecided as USF's March deadline to submit final plans looms.
The University of South Florida Board of Trustees discusses an update on the school's upcoming consolidation during a meeting Tuesday at USF St. Petersburg. [TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times]
The University of South Florida Board of Trustees discusses an update on the school's upcoming consolidation during a meeting Tuesday at USF St. Petersburg. [TAILYR IRVINE | Times]
Published January 11

University of South Florida trustees will gather Monday to discuss final steps of the consolidation process, including a few big-ticket items directly affecting students.

They will use a report released this week by the Consolidation Implementation Committee, which notes there are still a number of decisions to be made before the three-campus USF system can become a singly accredited university.

The meeting comes about two months ahead of USF's deadline to submit final consolidation plans to the State University System Board of Governors by March 15.

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"While significant progress has been made on various issues related to consolidation, there are several important accreditation- and consolidation-related decision points that require attention and guidance from USF leadership," the report reads.

Among the items that have yet to be finalized:

  • Administrative structure and “unified mission” for USF
  • Academic structure, or which USF campus each college, school and department will be housed on
  • Whether students will be assigned a “home” campus, and whether that would require different student fees
  • Whether faculty will be assigned a “home” campus and if so, criteria for faculty transfers between campuses
  • How Division 1 athletics, now centered on the Tampa campus, and other sports teams will stretch across USF’s St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee sites

The meeting Monday will be Ballroom A of the USF Tampa Marshall Student Center, 4103 Cedar Circle, from 2-4 p.m.

Contact Megan Reeves at [email protected] Follow @mareevs.

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