As a major research university that shares a symbiotic relationship with a growing urban region, the University of South Florida is a powerful engine of prosperity,” Law said. “By graduating students who are career-ready, generating knowledge that addresses our most pressing issues and fostering more inclusive communities, USF contributes greatly to the vitality and vibrancy of our region and state.”
The report highlights USF’s position as a leader in meeting workforce needs and preparing students for career success through its nearly 250 degrees programs. The study details USF’s social impact by creating opportunities for a population that includes approximately 25% of students who are first in their families to go to college and 40% of students who are eligible for a Pell grant, which is awarded to undergraduates from lower-income families. USF’s research enterprise is also featured, including more than 2,400 U.S. patents held by faculty, students, staff and alumni that can help address complex challenges facing society and lead to new startup companies.
“In this report, the breadth and depth of USF’s economic impact can be seen in all aspects of the university’s operations – from the students it educates, to the faculty and professional staff it employs, to the talented professional and entrepreneurs who power a modern innovation economy, to the construction projects that shaped the campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee,” the executive summary notes.