On July 1, 2020, the University of South Florida (Tampa), the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee were united into a single university with a fully aligned and integrated curriculum.
We are now #ONEUSF, geographically distributed. GO, BULLS!
The campuses' student success related units are working collaboratively to align and streamline services, programs and events across all campuses for our students' ease of access on our campuses.
The University of South Florida has long been committed to student success. In November 2009, USF launched the Student Success Task Force which developed a ten-year plan to radically transform student success on our campus. At that time, our six-year graduation rate was only 48% and our four-year rate was about 24%.
Driven by an intensified commitment to student success, USF formed the Student Affairs & Student Success unit on July 1, 2016 by integrating Student Affairs, Undergraduate Studies, and the Office of Student Success. The new unit was charged with a laser focus on bolstering academic success and the student experience.
In January 2019, the unit's name was simplified to focus on its purpose and now is known simply as Student Success.
Today, thanks to the ambitious goals set by the task force in 2010 and the hard work of units all across the university, USF's six-year graduation rate stands at 75%, the four-year graduation rate is 61.5%, and the first-year retention rate stands at 91%.
These are most impressive gains but the university intends to keep improving. The Student Success unit is aligned and staffed to continue to move the 'needle', bringing real benefit to our students while supporting USF's preeminence among universities statewide, nationally and globally.
As USF’s core student success model incorporated the collaboration of employees from across the university, the ‘ownership’ of student success clearly shifted from being that of any one office to becoming the responsibility of all employees. The collective efforts of the university’s student success movement were making a difference, with dramatic gains in the six-year graduation rate and admirable improvements in student retention.
In 2017, USF President Judy Genshaft articulated a new philosophy reflective of the evolving culture, “We believe every student will succeed if given the opportunity to do so.” These powerful words have become the university’s student success mantra.
USF no longer approaches the education of its 50,000 students assuming that a certain percentage will stop or drop out because they lack the training, support or determination to succeed. Administrators, faculty and staff presume that every student admitted to USF will succeed when given an equal opportunity to do so.
USF knows that when students are provided the appropriate guidance and support to overcome the barriers most students will face at some point in their pursuit of a degree, they will persist and graduate in a timely manner, prepared to launch their career or head to graduate school.
USF employees—from the President’s Office to the faculty, from the chief financial officer to physical plant staff—understand that student success is everyone’s responsibility, and so many embrace their role with passion for their work.