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%. Today, thanks to the ambitious goals set by the task force and the hard work of units across the university, USF's six-year graduation rate stands at 73% and the four-year rate is 61%, with a first-year retention rate of 91%. These are most impressive gains but we want to do even better!
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, the unit is aligned and staffed to move the 'needle' significantly, bringing real benefit to our students while supporting USF's preeminence among universities statewide, nationally and globally.
Student Success' established strategic goals require us to deliver a higher quality undergraduate experience both in and out of the classroom. The accomplishment of these goals will enhance the experiences of the tens of thousands of students who have entrusted USF with their futures, as well as allow USF to maintain preeminence among America's universities.
Continue progress in strengthening the academic credentials of incoming students through closer coordination with the K-12 community and Florida State Colleges.
- Increase the academic profile, scholarly preparedness, and geographical diversity of incoming students.
- Enhance processes and create seamless pathways for improving transfer students' success.
Maintain the focus on delivering quality support services (advising, counseling, financial aid, health and wellness, orientation, etc.) and developing even more effective means of engaging undergraduate students in the USF community.
- Communicate more effectively with students.
- Enhance advising models using predictive analytics, tracking, and other advanced technologies.
- Reduce student debt.
- Significantly reduce the number of students graduating with excess hours.
- Continue to build an inclusive and caring community that promotes student health and wellbeing, values diversity, and embraces civil discourse.
- Keep developing a robust and sustained living and learning culture.
- Enrich the student experience.
- Expand co-curriculum and campus engagement activities.
Intensify efforts to boost student retention and progression.
- Elevate first year retention rates.
Renew our focus on curriculum transformation and delivery in partnership with deans and faculty.
- Review and reform USF's general education program with a focus on relevant and rigorous learning outcomes, including executing on the quality enhancement plan.
- Increase faculty and advisor professional development for student success.
- Expand undergraduate research, online education, study abroad, and experiential education,
including internships and service learning opportunities.
Increase graduation rates and accelerated pathways to completion.
- Continue improvement in graduation rates with a particular focus on four-year graduation rates for first time in college students (FTIC), two-year graduation rates for transfer students, and a more timely path to degree completion for graduate students.
- Close the achievement gap between men and women.
Improve placement rates in high-demand, highly-skilled, highly-paid jobs and the most competitive graduate and professional schools across the nation and around the world.