2014-15 USF Sarasota-Manatee Viewbook
A complete guide to the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee for 2013-14.
2013-2014 Be your best. “Our vision at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is to lead the economic recovery in Florida by graduating competitive students for high-value jobs, including those jobs that may not even exist yet – indeed, jobs our graduates may create.” –Dr. Bonnie Jones Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Alyssa Anderson graduated in 2010 with bachelor’s degrees in Elementary Education and Management from USF Sarasota-Manatee. W hether you’ve already discovered your dream job or are still exploring the possibilities, the place to start is here, with hundreds of classes to choose from as you begin gaining the knowledge and building the skills that will help you create a solid foundation for your career. USF Sarasota-Manatee offers you a comprehensive university experience in a small, personalized learning environment at the most affordable tuition of any state university in Florida. You can earn your bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or certificate with course work in business, education, hospitality, criminology, psychology, social science, information technology, English literature and writing, history, communication sciences and disorders, gerontology and leadership. Courses are offered at our campus across from the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport and at our North Port instructional site. To see a full listing of courses offered, please visit registrar.usf.edu/ssearch Information Commons One-Stop The Information Commons is the serious student’s gathering place. Students have access to individual and group study spaces, computers, printers, and various media equipment available for check-out. The Information Commons is staffed with librarians, learning support faculty, tutors and technology support specialists. Together, they provide workshops and individual reference and research assistance, tutoring in writing, math and other subject areas, and support with e-learning, hardware and software. Students also have quiet study spaces at the Jane Bancroft Cook Library that houses our printed books and journals, located one-half mile south of the university. In addition, students have access to over 700,000 online resources through the USF System virtual library. Student Services One-Stop Student Services supports student development and learning by providing a convenient and personalized one-stop location on the first floor off the rotunda for Academic Advising, Admissions/Outreach, Career Services, Financial Aid, Registration, Student Life, Students with Disabilities Services and Veteran Services. 15:1 STUDENT:FACULTY RATIO 40+ ACADEMIC PROGRAMS 88% OF FACULTY HOLD A DOCTORATE IN THEIR FIELD 92% OF STUDENTS ARE “VERY SATISFIED” OR “SATISFIED” WITH THEIR EXPERIENCE Be impressed. 1 L O C LEGE O F ARTS & SCIENCES Bachelor of Arts (BA) Biology (starting 2014) Criminology English: British & American Literature History Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, concentrations in: Anthropology Criminology Environmental Science & Policy Gerontology History International Studies Political Science Psychology Religious Studies Social Work Sociology Professional & Technical Communication Psychology Bachelor of Science (BS) Communication Sciences & Disorders (requires a bachelor’s degree) Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (BSAS) Gerontology Leadership Studies Master of Arts (MA) Criminal Justice Administration Master of Social Work (MSW) (hosted USF Tampa Program) Undergraduate Certificates Business & Technical Writing Environmental Science & Policy Leadership Studies I n the College of Arts and Sciences, we are an interdisciplinary faculty in more than 15 academic disciplines, bound by a shared commitment to the study of human ideas and experience, critical inquiry, creative expression, and open discourse. We are equally committed to the responsibility of instilling these scholarly skills and values in students. In small classes we mentor students, challenging them to achieve and fostering their ability to do so. As a result, our faculty are active scholars, publishing in respected journals and presenting papers at national conferences, and our students are recognized for their scholarship, as well. Student Scholarly Achievement Students pursuing majors in the College of Arts and Sciences have a variety of opportunities to receive the kind of learning experiences often found only at expensive private colleges or in graduate school. As students advance, they can be invited to work with their professor on research projects. Such experiences can lead to presentations at national conferences and even publication credit. An honors program, which culminates in the production of an original thesis, is available to qualified students who wish to add value to their undergraduate credential. In the final semester of all Arts and Sciences degree programs, students take a capstone course, in which they apply and synthesize all their learning as they produce and present mature work in the discipline. Here is a sampling of recent capstone projects: • The Impact of Urban Sprawl • Autism’s Social Costs in Florida • Racism and the Birth of the KKK • Sports Rioting: The Hidden Face of a Crowd • Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Prescription Narcotic Epidemic • Analyzing the Use of Force after a Stop and Frisk is Initiated See usfsm.edu/programs for more information on college certificates and minors. 2 Be competitive. “Our graduates are effective writers and speakers who are able to analyze complicated issues and pose creative solutions. These skills make them competitive in the work force and contributive in society. It is not by accident that the majority of the nation’s CEOs and organization presidents have undergraduate degrees in Arts and Sciences.” —Dr. jane rose, dean of the college of arts & sciences In her Research Methods class, Dr. Elaine Augustine worked closely with Minda Fraser to develop a research proposal, “How Teaching Music Affects Learning in Individuals,” which combined Minda’s passion for music with her interest in how people learn. Minda was intending to pursue a master’s degree in Psychology, “but after researching this topic,” she said, “I may bring my psychology background to the “The small class size gives me the opportunity to get to know every single one of my students—their names, their interests, the career paths they’re considering. I love the interaction.” – Dr. augustine, psychology master’s program in Education instead.” 3 L O C LEGE O F B USINESS Bachelor of Arts (BA) Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration Accounting Finance General Business, concentrations in: Accounting Business Analytics Business & Technical Writing Business Informatics Business Operations & Quality Management Elder Care Management Finance International Business Management Marketing Management Marketing Master of Business Administration (MBA) Graduate Certificates Business Analytics Healthcare Quality Management Lean Operations & Six Sigma I t is estimated that by 2025, at least one-third of jobs in the United States will be positions that do not exist today. So, how do we prepare a workforce and leadership for this new economy? Our commitment to giving our students the tools they will need to keep pace with the rapid changes ahead shapes our College of Business curriculum. While we can’t yet know what new technologies and specific skill sets will be in greatest demand over the next decades, we do know that critical thinking, problem-solving, cross-cultural communication, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team will be crucial to individual success and the success of our community and our nation. Helping our students to acquire and polish these competencies guides our evolving business program. The undergraduate curriculum in the College of Business offers bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree in business. All are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). A sampling of companies that have hired College of Business graduates includes: Bank of America Cherry, Bakaert, and Holland, CPA City of Sarasota Deloitte, CPA Doctors Hospital Ernst & Young, CPA Internal Revenue Service Manatee County Government Microsoft PricewaterhouseCoopers, CPA Ritz-Carlton Sarasota Herald-Tribune Media Group Verizon Wells Fargo See usfsm.edu/programs for more information on college certificates and minors. Be successful. 4 “Graduates from USF Sarasota-Manatee who are our new employees adapt quickly to using their education in practical settings. They come to us with a positive attitude, excellent work ethic and a personal integrity that, I believe, is critical in succeeding in the field of public accounting.” — Patrick L. Gallagher, CPA, Natherson & Company, CPA In Dr. Jean Kabongo’s Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management course, students designed projects to support redevelopment efforts in a local community. USF Sarasota-Manatee student Marshall Fisher proposed a diesel biofuel plant for a local brownfield. Per year, the facility would produce approximately one million gallons of high-grade biofuel created from vegetable and other oils. Marshall’s “I was honored to be able to work on a community-oriented project of such magnitude. It wasn’t just a business plan for a final exam but a project with the real potential to improve a community.” – marshall fisher business plan was well received by the community and city officials. 5 L O C LEGE O F E D UCATION Bachelor of Arts (BA) Bachelor of Science (BS) Elementary Education 1 Master of Education (MEd) Educational Leadership Curriculum Leadership K-12 Public School Leadership 1 Non-Public or Charter School Leadership Master of Arts (MA) Education, concentrations in: Online Teaching & Learning Human Resources Education Elementary Education K–6* English Education Exceptional Student Education (ESE) 1 2 Reading Education K–12* 1 Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Elementary Teaching K–6 1 Graduate Certificates Online Teaching and Learning Post Master’s in Educational Leadership 1 1 leads to state certification 2 in collaboration with USF St. Petersburg through the Bay to Bay consortium * not admitting students at this time T eachers and principals shape the future every day. If you dream of making a difference – in your classroom and in our community – there’s no better place to start than here. Our guiding principles – learn, lead, inspire, transform – are reflected in every aspect of our program and give our graduates a foundation that will serve them throughout their careers. Benefits beyond the classroom As a nationally accredited institution, USF Sarasota-Manatee meets the highest standards of professional educator preparation in the United States. Our programs stress real-world clinical experiences, such as those offered in our professional partnership network, which enrich students’ education through the guidance and effective teaching strategies of our faculty and colleagues in the field. We carry out this work as a community of scholars in an active research environment. Students, scholars and practitioners work together to build successful educational institutions and programs and to positively impact the lives of students. Every day our faculty and students are in the community, discovering ways we can improve the education of children and adults for years to come, and sharing what we have learned with scholars internationally. Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, students are eligible for the initial Professional Educator Certificate in Elementary Education (K-6) with an ESOL endorsement through the Florida Department of Education. The college also offers several master’s degree programs for students new and/or experienced in the field of education. See usfsm.edu/programs for more information on college certificates and minors. Be prepared. 6 “The program has a foundation of critical thinking, and in my current job those are the skills I draw upon every day. The colleagues I call on now are those I went to school with at USF Sarasota-Manatee. I’ve spent a lot of time with them, and I trust them.” –Josh Bennett, Principal, Bashaw Elementary School Dr. Marie Byrd-Blake encouraged students Kate Shackelford and Danielle Dreyer to get involved with the PRIDE (Promoting, Recruiting, Increasing Diverse Educators) organization. In their roles as president and vice president, the two students worked to increase the diversity of students in the College of Education and raise awareness of the need for diverse educators in public schools. At graduation, Kate received “I saw leadership potential in Kate and Danielle right away and worked with them to cultivate a teacher/leader mentality that would help them stand out in job interviews and as teachers.” – Dr. Byrd-Blake the Outstanding Graduate award from Dean Terry Osborn. 7 L O C LEGE O F H O S P I TA L I T Y and TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP Bachelor of Science (BS) Hospitality Management Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) Information Technology, concentrations in: Applications & Web Development General Information Technology Information Security/Systems Administration Technology/Project Management Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (BSAS) Hospitality Management Information Technology concentrations in: Applications & Web Development Information Security/Systems Administration Technology/Project Management Master of Science (MS) Hospitality Management Undergraduate Certificates Hotel Management Restaurant Management Information Technology with specializations in: Application Development Database Design Information Security Information Technology Management IT Project Management Mobile Application Development Systems Administration Web Design Development H ospitality and Information Technology are two of the fastest growing industries in Florida. USF Sarasota-Manatee recognized the opportunities for students and developed the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership, housing these two areas of study under one umbrella. Hospitality Management Information Technology When you check into a hotel or enjoy a meal at a restaurant, an amazing world of management tools â€” planning, finance, technology, marketing, branding, pricing, logistics, staffing and more â€” are working together. The School of Hotel and Restaurant Management developed a curriculum that combines essential core courses such as finance, accounting and economics with courses that focus on the application of this knowledge to the hospitality field, including internship courses that provide hands-on experience in the field. Our IT program is designed to bridge the gap between computer science and management information systems with an emphasis on knowledge-based computer and information technology, as well as more practical topics including programming, applications, networking, systems administration, and the management of a variety of computing environments. IT continues to shape our nation, inspiring us to develop distinctive concentrations that industry professionals confirm mirror the needs of the industry. Our prime location as a tourism hot-spot allows our students to work at the best tourism and hospitality companies while they complete their education. The Information Technology curriculum has been developed utilizing a team-based approach with educators and industry partners to create a rigorous program which reflects current and emerging industry needs. See usfsm.edu/programs for more information on college certificates and minors. 8 Be a Leader. Florida attracts millions of visitors each year. Our temperate climate is perfect for a variety of technology companies and results in the employment of more than 1 million people in the hospitality industry. These programs not only prepare students for entry into globally expanding fields, but they also prepare industry leaders. Brittany Diblasi and Ali Adil, good friends and colleagues in the Hospitality Management program, worked together on the inaugural “HospitaBULL” fundraising dinner. Guests were treated to a memorable evening planned and executed by hospitality students, who gained hands-on experience while raising money to attend national and international hospitality conferences. “Our college is in the heart of the nation’s tourism and hospitality industry, allowing students to work at the best companies while they complete their education. These close bonds strengthen our curriculum and enrich learning through real-world projects and research.” – Dean Cihan Cobanoglu, PhD, CHTP 9 Things to do when you’re not studying, thinking, making, learning, doing, cramming, daydreaming, writing, sleeping . . . Get some sun Siesta Beach, voted #1 beach in 2011, is 15 minutes from the university. Go camping at Turtle Beach, just a few miles south. If you’ve always wanted to try horse surfing, check out Bradenton Beach. Or go back in time and stroll the beach towns of Anna Maria Island and Cortez fishing village. Go art hopping Galleries, studios and cafes are housed in a colorful collection of “Old Florida” bungalows in the artist communities of Burns Court, Towles Court, and Village of the Arts. 10 Hit the bleachers Catch a spring training game with the Baltimore Orioles or the Pittsburgh Pirates, or cheer on the local minor league team, the Bradenton Marauders. See a show The Asolo Rep Theatre, The Players, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, Manatee Players, Sarasota Opera, Florida Studio Theatre, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Take your pick! Cheer on the USF Bulls Football, volleyball, baseball, basketball, softball, soccer, sailing: if you’re into sports, there’s a USF team that needs your spirit! Cheer on our very Get some culture Enjoy the Circus Museum at the Ringling Museum of Art, or go up the road to the South Florida Museum to see woolly mammoths, planets and stars, plus the world’s oldest manatee, Snooty. Be one with nature Find your inner gardener at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens or brave the 25-foot-high tree canopy walkway in Myakka River State Park. own local rowing club, or grab some friends and head up to Tampa. Check out the live music scene Hit up Ace’s or Ocean Blues for the local blues scene, or head to the Gator Club or the Five O’Clock Club to dance the night away. Go for a bike ride The Legacy Bike Trail is a 10-mile trail built on the old CSX railroad corridor, and spans from Sarasota to Venice. Or bike over the Ringling Causeway, past St. Armands, and on up to Holmes Beach (18 miles). 11 Be yourself. M ost of what you’ve heard about college is true: you have more freedom—a lot more. You’ll meet a wide variety of people, some of whom will become friends for life. College is a time to change direction if you want, to break free of who you used to be, and to follow new paths. One of the great advantages of college life is the variety and quality of opportunities outside the classroom. With a community of culturally diverse students, USF SarasotaManatee has a club, organization or society for just about every interest. If you do not see what you want, you can start your own! Do you love classic films? Or is science fiction/horror more your genre? The Film Society shows movies in Selby Auditorium. Popcorn and sodas, too! Want to take the lead? Make a difference in Circle K International, become a Student Ambassador, or serve your community as an Executive Board member of Student Government. Want to know what “starboard” means? Then you should check out the Rowing Club. As the first competitive club sport on campus, this team has competed at the level of an NCAA program and races against both varsity and club crews all along the eastern seaboard. To row, all students need is a competitive spirit, some athletic ability and the will to succeed. Are you the cerebral type? Get involved with like-minded students in the English Society, History Club, Phi Beta Lambda or the Psychology Club. At USF Sarasota-Manatee we’re committed to making our community a safer, healthier and happier place for everyone. Every year, students, faculty and staff volunteer at dozens of different local organizations, ranging from Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Manatee Children’s Services to the Bradenton Ballet; Girls, Inc.; Habitat for Humanity; the Make a Wish Foundation; the Sarasota Reading Council and Take Stock in Children. 12 “I got involved with student government for a chance to serve in a new manner. As a Veteran, I have a ‘We the people’ mentality and want to bring that to USFSM. There is a huge opportunity to give back to the students and make sure their voices are heard-I intend to take that very seriously. ” —Todd Hughes is a history major and president of student government CLUBS, ORGANIZATIONS AND SOCIETIES Accounting Society Ambassadors Circle K International Criminology Club The Educators’ Alliance English Society Film Society Finance Club Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals History Club Hospitality Society IGNITE (Education Organization) IT Network Multicultural Club National Society of Minorities in Hospitality Phi Beta Lambda Psychology Club Rowing Club Sigma Tau Delta Social Justice Initiative Student Government Association Student Veteran Society (SM)2@USF Be a Bull. USF is a proud member of the American Athletic Conference. USF Sarasota-Manatee students catch football games at the Bulls’ home field– the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Stadium. They also gather locally with cheering classmates to watch football and basketball games. 13 Be an individual. A t USF Sarasota-Manatee, you are always a person, not just a number. To get personalized advising on the specific admissions requirements for your bachelor’s or master’s degree program of interest, please call Admissions at (941) 359-4330. You may also preview the information on the Admissions website at: usfsm.edu/admissions/ To get you started, below is some general information on each of the three admission processes at USF SarasotaManatee, depending on your level of education. Freshman Admissions (First-Time in College) Admission to USF Sarasota-Manatee’s freshman class is competitive based on a variety of factors, including strength of the high school curriculum, record of academic achievement, standardized test scores, and involvement in activities in and out of the classroom. Recommended admission factors include the following: • A high school grade-point average (GPA) of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale based on grades earned in college preparatory courses. Grades earned in honors (.5), Advanced Placement (1.0), International Baccalaureate (1.0), Dual Enrollment (1.0) or AICE (1.0) courses carry additional weight. • A diploma from an accredited U.S. high school or a passing score on the General Educational Development (GED) test. Admissions may require additional documentation from unaccredited or international schools. • ACT test score of 21 in math and 21 in reading or SAT test score of 1000 (500 in verbal and 500 in math). The writing section of both tests must also be submitted and meet state minimum requirements. High School Courses Units Required English 4 (3 with substantial writing) Mathematics 4 (Algebra I or above) Natural Sciences 3 (2 with substantial lab) Social Sciences 3 Foreign Language 2 (in same language) Academic Electives 2 Important High School Senior Year Dates Oct JAN 2 MAY 1 review of freshman applications begins Priority freshman application deadline Fall freshman application deadline To apply now, go to usfsm.edu/apply 14 Transfer Admissions USF Sarasota-Manatee accepts appropriate transferable semester hours from regionally-accredited colleges and universities. Admissions evaluates prior coursework to determine admissibility to the University. Admission requirements vary based on the number of transferable semester hours earned. Fewer than 12 Hours Applicants with fewer than 12 attempted transferable semester hours earned after high school are considered First-Time in College (FTIC) applicants and apply for Freshman Admission. 12–29 Hours Applicants with 12 but fewer than 30 transferable semester hours must (1) have a cumulative postsecondary GPA greater than 2.0 (2.5 for business and education), (2) be in good standing with the last post-secondary school attended, and (3) meet the USF Sarasota-Manatee freshman recommended high school minimums. 30–59 Hours Applicants with at least 30 but fewer than 60 transferable semester hours must (1) have a cumulative postsecondary GPA greater than 2.0 (2.5 for business and education), (2) be in good standing with the last postsecondary school attended, (3) submit a high school transcript with a minimum of a 2.5 weighted GPA, and (4) provide minimum test scores on the SAT of 460 in Critical Reading, 460 in Mathematics, and 440 in Writing or on the ACT of 19 in Reading, 19 in Mathematics, and 18 in English/Writing. 60+ Hours Applicants with 60 or more transferable semester hours from a regionally accredited institution or an A.A. degree from an institution within the Florida College System or State University System are considered for admission with a 2.0 or higher postsecondary GPA. Students with an A.S. degree from an institution within the Florida College System are considered for admission into Bachelor of Science in Applied Science programs with a 2.0 or higher post-secondary GPA. Limited access programs in business and education require a 2.5 transferable GPA. Graduate Admissions Admission to USF Sarasota-Manatee’s master’s degree programs is competitive based on a variety of factors. These may include your undergraduate grade-point average, standardized test scores such as the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), letters of recommendation, and samples of academic work. Each program sets the criteria for measuring your potential for success. 15 JUST THE FACTS: Financial Aid Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (fafsa.gov) This form allows you to be automatically considered for federal, state, and university financial aid programs based on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The Priority Deadline is March 1st. Meeting the priority date gives you the best opportunity to be considered for the most financial aid. You will need USFSM’s school code while completing the form. Our school code is 001537. Check OASIS (Online Access Student Information System) at www.my.usf.edu often for updated information. Some types of aid (i.e. Stafford Loans) require student action within OASIS, such as acceptance of a loan amount. Maximize Your Financial Aid Opportunities Financial Aid To-Do List January 2 Freshman Priority Admission Application Deadline March 1 FAFSA Priority Deadline for all Students All students must complete a new FAFSA each year beginning January 1. USF generates an official Financial Aid Award package using your FAFSA results and supporting documents. Read the Award Notice carefully. All awards are based on full-time enrollment, then pro-rated based on registered hours (unless the program requires full-time enrollment). Also, be sure to report any outside scholarships you receive to the Financial Aid Office. Scholarship Opportunities admission by the priority deadline of January 2nd. Scholarship opportunities are different every year. The following are examples of some recurring scholarships available to USFSM students: All students: Apply for scholarships (Summer • Admissions Scholarships Freshman students: Submit an application for through Fall) by the USF priority scholarship application date of March 1st. Scholarship information for ALL students can be found at: • www.usfsm.edu/scholarships Research and funding information for master’s degree students can be found at: • www.grad.usf.edu/research.php Did you know? USF Sarasota-Manatee currently has the lowest annual tuition among public state universities in Florida! • William G. Selby and Marie Selby Foundation Scholarships (Up to $2,000 annually) • Brunch on the Bay Scholarships (Up to $1,000 annually) USFSM Tuition Fees per credit hour for Fall 2012–Summer 2013 Florida Non-Florida Resident Resident Undergraduate $183.99 $514.74 Graduate $417.90 $842.42 Visit usfsm.edu/costs for the latest information. 16 Financial Aid Glossary Cost of Attendance: Refers to the total estimated Private Scholarships: We encourage you to conduct cost of attending the university for one academic year (two semesters: Fall and Spring). On your award letter, it will be referred to as the budget. your own search for private scholarships (scholarships not awarded through the university) beginning in your junior year of high school and continuing through your senior year and beyond. There are a number of free online scholarship search services with several listed on our web site: www.usfsm.edu/scholarships Expected Family Contribution (EFC): This figure is calculated through the completion of the FAFSA. This figure reflects the federal estimate of what a family and/or student can afford to contribute toward a year of college. Financial Aid Package: The amount of financial assistance you receive. A USFSM package may include grants, work study, scholarships, Florida Bright Futures and loans. Grant: Funds which are considered “gift” aid, based on need and do not require repayment. Scholarships: Gift funds that do not have to be repaid; awarded based on high academic achievement, special talents, financial need, and other criteria. USFSM and USF Scholarships: Students are considered for most university merit scholarships upon admission (July-December). Submit your admissions application early to be considered for scholarships. For more information see www.usfsm.edu/scholarships and usfweb2.usf.edu/finaid/scholarships/ Loan: Funds that must be repaid. Call or email us with your financial aid questions: (941) 359-4459 or firstname.lastname@example.org “My parents, who always worked hard to be able to feed us, have inspired me to go to school and pursue my career goals, which will make my future, the future of my children and people around me more valuable. I enjoy my life and I am happy that I am able to receive a good education not just for my own personal gain, but to bring good to people around me.” — Halyna Tabakova, scholarship recipient Halyna is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Accounting and plans to become a CPA. Come visit us! The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is located one-half mile north of University Parkway across from the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. USF Sarasota-Manatee 8350 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243 (941) 359-4330 usfsm.edu USFSM at North Port 5920 Pan American Blvd. North Port, FL 34287 (941) 426-7330 usfsm.edu/northport Bradenton USFSM University Parkway Sarasota facebook.com/usfsm USFSM twitter.com/usfsm North Port The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and masterâ€™s degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.