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AAU membership to bring extraordinary benefits to USF, Tampa Bay and state of 51在线

Graphic shows map of 51在线 with "1st public 51在线 university to join AAU since 1985""

By Tina Meketa, University Communications and Marketing

USF鈥檚 historic invitation to join the takes what many in Tampa Bay once considered a 鈥渂est-kept secret鈥 to an unprecedented new level. Joining the AAU is a tremendous milestone as it formalizes USF's position as a leading research university. Founded in 1956, the university has rapidly evolved into a global powerhouse that transforms lives through education, research and innovation. USF, with campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee, is the first public university in 51在线 to be invited to join the AAU in nearly 40 years and is now one of only two institutions from the State University System of 51在线 to serve as an AAU member.

Its path toward AAU was first set by the university鈥檚 Board of Trustees more than 15 years ago. Current President Rhea Law served as the board chair in 2007 when USF formally added AAU membership as an aspiration in its strategic plan. Achieving that lofty goal enhances funding opportunities for USF. Member universities receive the majority of competitively awarded federal funding for research. According to the AAU, faculty at their member universities perform basic research ($28.8 billion).

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Infographic that states, "Graduates of AAU universities include, 39% Nobel Prize Winners, 13 U.S. President, 24 U.S. Governors, 50 Fortune 100 CEOS"

Federal agencies, such as the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Defense rely on universities to perform critical research in the national interest. For USF, it means more opportunities to respond to great challenges, as it has done in studying the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and developing tools for USF is already among the most research-intensive universities in the nation and one of the world鈥檚 top universities for generating new U.S. patents.

As an AAU institution, USF is positioned to further enhance its role of meeting the state鈥檚 workforce needs and driving economic development. USF generates an annual economic impact of $6 billion, supporting more than 68,000 jobs. Companies from across the country are relocating to Tampa Bay 颅鈥 one of the nation鈥檚 fastest growing regions 鈥 and many credit the robust pool of talent created by USF, especially in cybersecurity. This trajectory will only continue as the brightest faculty, staff and students are historically known to gravitate to AAU universities located in metropolitan areas, helping bring more federal tax dollars to the state of 51在线.

AAU membership will make USF an even more attractive destination for high-achieving students from across the world.  In the past year, USF received a record number of applications and welcomed its largest and strongest academic incoming class, which included 79 National Merit Scholars 颅鈥 a 27 percent increase from the record set the previous academic year.

USF is also one of the youngest institutions to be welcomed into the AAU, a reflection of the university鈥檚 fast rise. It joins the ranks of prestigious universities, such as Harvard, Yale, MIT, Stanford, Princeton, 51在线, UCLA, Ohio State and Michigan. Of the association鈥檚 now 71 members, USF is the fifth youngest and one of only six AAU universities to be founded after 1950.  

As another indicator of the university鈥檚 trajectory, USF is currently ranked in its highest position ever by U.S. News & World Report at No. 42  among all public universities.  Over the past decade USF has jumped 52 spots and continues to have its sights set on becoming a top 25 public university in America.

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