USF leaders suggest smaller campuses keep independence through consolidation

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TAMPA ‘ Multiple University of South Florida leaders on Tuesday publicly voiced favor of a consolidation model that would preserve uniqueness and strong leadership at the institution’s smaller campuse’

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TAMPA ‘ Multiple University of South Florida leaders on Tuesday publicly voiced favor of a consolidation model that would preserve uniqueness and strong leadership at the institution’s smaller campuses in St. Petersburg and Sarasota.

The comments, shared at a Board of Trustees meeting, likely calmed fears that those campuses might become “instructional sites” with little independence from USF Tampa, which is expected to become the university’s main campus under consolidation.

Faculty and community members have said the’designation would strip campuses in St. Petersburg and Sarasota of the independence that has helped them thrive. No longer would’would the institutions have control over spending, hiring and curriculum.

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  • Publisher: Tampa Bay Times
  • Date: 2019-02-12T16:41:00Z-04
  • Author: Megan Reeves
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Key legislators are emphatic: Make St. Pete a branch campus

Two influential state legislators who helped torpedo the university’s independent accreditation last year now say that St. Petersburg should become a branch campus when consolidation takes effect in 2020.

That’s welcome news to faculty, administrators and friends of the university who fear that the campus might become an instructional site instead.

Through an aide, Rep. Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, said he agrees with the Consolidation Task Force’s draft recommendations for what he called ‘a united and preeminent USF that includes two strong and unique branch campuses’ in St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee.

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