SARASOTA, Fla. (Nov. 20, 2015) – In the changing landscape of higher education, it is important to stay ahead of the curve.
To better serve the higher education needs of the community, USF Sarasota-Manatee will establish a College of Science & Mathematics (CSM) as part of a realignment of its four colleges. In addition, the current College of Arts & Sciences and College of Education will merge to create a College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (CLASS). The College of Business (COB) and College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership (CHTL) will remain unchanged.
“By aligning our programs in this new college structure, USF Sarasota-Manatee is in a better position to serve our growing student population while also positioning the campus to obtain new resources in the future,” Regional Chancellor Dr. Sandra Stone said.
USFSM launched its Biology program in partnership with Mote Marine Laboratory in fall of 2014 which quickly became one of USF Sarasota-Manatee’s fastest growing programs.
“This realignment puts us in a better position for future growth of science and math programs which are programs of strategic emphasis and demand at the local, state and national levels,” Dr. Stone said.
The new College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences will include three distinct areas: a School of Education, a Department of Liberal Arts and a Department of Social Sciences. By combining these three areas, USFSM has created a college that provides hands-on research and learning opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels while allowing for content area preparation which is a foundation for higher education. In addition, the college will include programs that produce workforce-ready students.
As part of the realignment, no majors or programs will be added or eliminated. The alignment of the colleges will become effective for the fall 2016 semester and should have little impact on the day-to-day experience for current students.
“This realignment is directly connected to the launch of our new strategic plan,” said Dr. Terry Osborn, regional vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. “The plan calls for us to expand programs in areas of strategic emphasis as defined by the state, while also enhancing student support services. This realignment will help transition our campus into the future.”
USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Business, accredited by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), will remain unchanged. The College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership will continue to play an instrumental role in training the next generation of leaders for Florida’s booming hospitality and tourism industry. USFSM will remain committed to preparing teachers for the community through the School of Education’s arts-integrated programs.
“We value our partnership with USF Sarasota-Manatee and their commitment to education,” said Dr. Diana Greene, superintendent of schools for Manatee County. “We will continue to support them in the new alignment structure.”
To assist with the transition, the campus has formed a committee to handle the day-to-day changes and keep students, faculty and staff informed. In addition, a frequently asked questions (FAQ) site has been set up to allow visitors to search the database of questions or submit one themselves.
“By aligning our programs with the needs of our community, we are putting our students in the best position possible to land careers after graduation. Providing highly trained employees to businesses and organizations in our area allows us to improve the overall landscape of the Sarasota/Manatee community,” Dr. Stone said.