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September 26, 2018
USF joins UF, FSU as preeminent university

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USF officials, led by Provost Ralph Wilcox, first row left, and System President Judy Genshaft, first row third from left, celebrate Thursday in Orlando after a FL Board of Governors committee approved USF as a preeminent university. They are making the "Go Bulls!" symbol.

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USF joins UF, FSU as preeminent university

| 6/28/2018

USF joins UF, FSU as preeminent university

University of South Florida System President Judy Genshaft has been on a mission to get USF on the same level as the state's two flagship schools, the University of Florida and Florida State University. On Wednesday, the mission was realized when the Florida Board of Governors' Strategic Planning Committee unanimously approved USF's status as a preeminent university. Preeminence also means $6.15 million, a surge in prestige and a burst of hometown pride. See the official announcement from USF (includes video), and the story from WUSF.

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Florida’s annual school report card showed better grades for public schools in 2018 compared to last year, with a bigger percentage earnings As or Bs and a smaller slice getting Fs, state officials announced Wednesday. See the announcement from Gov. Scott here. Also read more at the Orlando Sentinel and TBO.com.

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