System Consolidation

FAQ

Note: The following represents an initial set of questions and answers. This page will continue to be updated as important items are finalized prior to July 1, 2020. Last updated September 10, 2019.

General FAQ

What does Consolidation mean?

It is the unification of the three USF campuses into one, singularly-accredited University, required by state law.

Where can I find more current information about the Consolidation effort?

All information can be accessed on the Provost's website.

Why are USF Tampa, USF St. Petersburg, and USF Sarasota-Manatee Consolidating?

Because they are required to by state law. To provide USF students, and the communities we serve, with broader access to, and support from, a Preeminent State Research University, across the greater Tampa Bay Region. 

How will Consolidation impact USF’s community and business partners?

Our community and business partners will, over time, be more fully served through the coordinated strengths of a single Preeminent State Research University.

What is Preeminence and what will it mean for me?

Preeminent State Research Universities are so designated by the state legislature and the Florida Board of Governors, and must achieve the highest performance standards associated with student success, research productivity, faculty and institutional rankings. A degree earned from a Preeminent State Research University carries high prestige as graduates continue their education in graduate or professional schools and/or enter and continue their career paths.  USF is one of just three universities to have earned the State of Florida Preeminent designation and is the only one located in an urban or metropolitan location. 

Will students, staff and faculty be able to park on any USF campus once they’ve purchased a decal?

Yes, employees will be able to use their USF parking decal on all three campuses.


FAQ for Prospective Students

Will the Admissions Requirements, Deadlines and Process vary by campus?

No, there is one application process and a single set of admissions standards at USF.

Will it be harder to be admitted to USF?

While admissions standards for freshmen (FTICs) have risen to meet the expectations of a top tier, national preeminent university, pathways to graduation (developed and delivered in collaboration with our Florida State College partners) provide students a transfer gateway to USF through the FUSE program. 

Will the USF Office of Admissions maintain a local office on each campus?

Yes. The USF Office of Admissions will have a presence on USF’s campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee.

Will the USF Office of Admissions continue to host campus tours in each location?

Yes. The USF Office of Admissions will continue to deliver campus tours on USF’s campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee. 

Will the USF Office of Admissions continue to host admissions events in each location?

Yes. The USF Office of Admissions will continue to host events on USF’s campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee.

Can I request to study at a preferred USF campus?

Yes. The USF Application allows prospective students the option of selecting their preferred campus. In some cases such options will be limited by capacity and/or the opportunity to complete all degree requirements in a preferred location. 

Will scholarship criteria vary by campus?

No.  However, while university-wide scholarships will be available to students on all campuses, some privately-funded scholarships may be restricted to students on one campus just as they may be limited to students enrolled in a particular college or academic program.

Will I be able to complete any USF degree on any campus?

No. While we expect to deliver a broader array of programs to students across USF (especially those for which there is high student demand), including via online access, we do not expect to deliver all degree programs in all locations.


FAQ for Enrolled Students - New and Continuing

What will my degree diploma read?

All diplomas for degrees conferred after July 1, 2020 will read the University of South Florida.

Will I be able to take classes at any USF campus?

Yes.  After July 1, 2020, all students will be able to enroll in classes delivered at any USF campus, including online.

Will Consolidation impact my cost of attendance at USF?

Students enrolled as of Spring 2020 will pay tuition and fees at current local rates through graduation (provided they are continually enrolled in subsequent semesters and graduate no later than December 2023), unless those rates are changed at any point by the state legislature or Florida Board of Governors. Students first enrolling in Summer 2020 will pay current local tuition and fees for that term and, beginning Fall 2020 will pay rates aligned with the Preeminent university.  Students first enrolling in Fall 2020 will pay tuition and fees aligned with the Preeminent university.  

Will I be able to access student services on any campus?

Yes. A full and equitable array of student services will be provided on each campus.

Will I be able to participate in student activities at a different USF campus than mine?

Yes. Students will be able to participate in activities on any of USF’s campuses.

Will the curriculum change with Consolidation? 

Degree curricula have been aligned across all three campuses, including the design of a single general education program. Students will be permitted to graduate based upon the catalog requirements under which they entered USF Tampa, USF St. Petersburg, or USF Sarasota-Manatee, or the current, consolidated catalog.   


FAQ for Faculty

How will my appointment change with Consolidation?

Faculty members will be appointed to an academic department, school, and/or college at USF. A limited number of faculty members may request, on a limited, one-time basis (during a window of time beginning February 17, 2020 and ending April 3, 2020), appointment to a preferred department, school, and/or college based upon academic credentials and the needs of the University.

Who will determine my annual assignment and conduct my evaluation?

The Chair/Director of your Department/School will determine equitable assignments in consultation with faculty members. The Chair/Director (along with other evaluative bodies) will conduct annual evaluations consistent with approved Department/School governance documents. 

Can I be assigned to teach on any of USF’s campuses?

Yes, depending on student and/or programmatic needs there is a possibility that you could, following appropriate notice and consultation (consistent with provisions in the Collective Bargaining Agreement), be assigned to teach on a different campus, yet most faculty should expect to continue teaching at their current location.

Will the tenure and promotion process and performance expectations change with Consolidation?

Tenured faculty and Instructors will retain their current status. Tenure-earning faculty will retain that status (consistent with ongoing evaluation procedures) and will be considered for tenure in their appointed department, school, and/or college. Tenure-earning faculty, initially hired at USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee with three years of tenure-earning credit on July 1, 2019 (i.e. generally those hired in Fall 2016 or earlier), will be considered for tenure consistent with local (i.e. USF St. Petersburg or USF Sarasota-Manatee) department, school, college, and institutional guidelines in place prior to consolidation.  All other tenure-earning faculty members will be evaluated for tenure and promotion following USF’s Guidelines (including those yet to be developed by academic departments, schools and colleges), effective July 1, 2020.

Can I expect to be provided access to services and resources essential to advancing my scholarly, research and creative activity profile consistent with a top tier preeminent research university?

Yes, department chairs, school directors, college deans and university leaders will be responsible for assuring equity of access to faculty support on all USF campuses.

Will Consolidation affect my salary and benefits?

No. USF remains committed to the principle of equity in compensation consistent with assignment and performance. Any future compensation or benefit actions will be dependent upon consultation/negotiation with collective bargaining units and budget.

Will I be able to access faculty services on any campus?

Yes. USF faculty members on all campuses will be provided equitable access to services aligned with their assignment.


FAQ for Staff and Administration

Will Consolidation affect my salary and benefits?

No. USF remains committed to the principle of equity in compensation consistent with assignment and performance. For staff, any future compensation or benefit actions will be dependent upon consultation/negotiation with collective bargaining units and budget. Administrative employees should expect to have the same salary and benefit opportunities based on available budget and as provided in USF Regulations and Policies.

Will Consolidation affect my position and responsibilities?

The vast majority of staff and administration will not be affected by Consolidation.  However, in some cases staff and administrative duties may require reassignment of employees consistent with provisions in the Collective Bargaining Agreement or USF Regulations and Policies, as applicable.

Will I be able to access employee services on any campus?

Yes. USF staff and administration on all campuses will have access to services aligned with their assignment.

Will my job be eliminated as a result of Consolidation?

USF values the contributions and hard work of its staff and administrative employees and does not anticipate a reduction of positions as a result of Consolidation.


FAQ for Alumni 

Will I be able to request a replacement degree diploma?

No. If you are a graduate of USF, USF St. Petersburg or USF Sarasota-Manatee prior to July 1, 2020, you will not be able to request a replacement diploma that reads differently to that earned earlier.


FAQ for Donors

Will consolidation determine where my gift has the greatest impact?  Can I still direct contributions to the Tampa, St. Petersburg, or Sarasota-Manatee campuses?  

There will be no change in the way donors give and how we facilitate gifts.  The USF Foundation has always put donor interest and intent above all else.