SARASOTA -- For the next five years, University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee will focus on improving quality in seven areas: student success, campus life, international enrollment management, teaching and learning, scholarly activity, community engagement and resources.
To achieve its goals, the university campus will be expanded to include student housing, add a women's rowing team and increase faculty research.
The "Focus on Quality 2020" strategic plan was approved Thursday by the USF Board. School administrators had already signed off on the plan.
"This was a great, great accomplishment," regional Chancellor Sandra Stone said. "All of this is important and all of it fits together."
During summer break while most students are off campus, officials have a little more time to operate, said Bonnie Jones, assistant vice president for institutional research and effectiveness.
"Department heads will be referring directly to the strategic plan and the implementation plan as they begin the new fiscal year," Jones said.
Work began on the strategic plan in December 2014 after Stone became regional chancellor. Since then, the plan has been discussed at a number of work sessions and public hearings. The campus board approved the document in April.
The plan now heads to the Florida Board of Governors, which will meet June 14-15 in Tampa. The 17-member board is the governing body for the State University System of Florida, which includes all public universities in the state
The strategic plan includes 10 goals to be achieved over the next five years:
Recognition of USFSM as a "community engaged campus" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
National accreditation for specialized programs.
Achieving "Great College to Work For" recognition by the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Receive at least one major gift.
Establish USF NCAA women's rowing team.
Establish a student union.
Establish student housing.
Establish space for specialized, high-demand programs.
Significantly increase faculty research productivity.
Significantly increase learning opportunities for students, including internships and study abroad.
The strategic plan will be reviewed semiannually using statistics to help measure goal progress.
The Senior Leadership Team, Faculty Senate and Strategic Planning Advisory Committee will meet twice each budget year to assess progress and update strategies.
"We may finish something early and be able to cross it off the list," Jones said. "It really is a live document people will use."
Meghin Delaney, education reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7081. Follow her on twitter@MeghinDelaney.