Building Student Success

New USF facilities will transform the academic and physical landscape.


By Mary Beth Erskine News Writer


TAMPA, Fla. (July 22, 2010) - Landscapes are transforming throughout the University of South Florida System.


It’s exciting news for students and faculty anxious for additional room for teaching, research, interdisciplinary collaboration and artistic endeavors. It’s also been good news for the local economy, adding approximately 1,000 jobs related to the planning and construction of the projects.


For an institution that continues to solidify its position on the national stage as a top-tier metropolitan research university, however, the transformation goes well beyond steel, glass and concrete.


“Providing state-of-the-art learning facilities and spaces that promote the generation of new knowledge through research, scholarly and creative activity is essential to fulfilling USF’s strategic priorities,” says USF President Judy Genshaft.


In recent years, enrollment growth on the Tampa campus has resulted in greater strain on the university’s physical infrastructure, according to Provost and Executive Vice President Ralph Wilcox.


“These long-awaited facilities will allow USF to better meet the needs of students by delivering a broader array of classes each semester and allowing for acceleration to degree – contributing to the highly skilled and educated workforce in the state of Florida,” he says. “At the same time, they will support state-of-the-art facilities for performance in music and new scholarship and research opportunities.”


New academic spaces will create interdisciplinary learning communities bringing students and faculty together from across departments and colleges to work collaboratively to create global solutions to society’s most complex problems. New and expanded athletic, recreational and dining facilities will enrich opportunities for students to become more fully engaged with the campus community.


As the doors of the new facilities open during the coming months, so do the doors to new opportunities to attract the best and the brightest students and faculty.

“Recruiting and cultivating intellectual talent in the ever-more global marketplace of ideas is, in large part, dependent upon USF’s ability to provide professors and students with state-of-the-art research and learning environments,” says Wilcox, “environments in which they can thrive and realize their fullest intellectual and creative potential.”


Places where they can achieve their goals and dreams.


This story was originally published in the Spring/Summer 2010 issue of USF Magazine.


Mary Beth Erskine can be reached at 813-974-6993.