In a detailed response to a list of questions from Gov. Rick Scott, the University of South Florida says it shares Scott's view that the state's universities should focus on creating jobs as a way to help pull Florida from the lingering affects of recession.
Scott submitted 17 questions to the state's 11 public universities Oct. 13, asking, among other things, whether they survey local businesses on jobs available or use the 360-degree performance review process that's spreading through the business world.
In her introduction to the report to Scott, USF President Judy Genshaft, emphasized the university's success in securing patents as an indication of its focus on innovation and job creation.
The university is No. 2 in this area among all public and private sector organizations in Florida, Genshaft said in her introduction.
She also said USF's board of trustees recently established a separate Jobs Creation workgroup.
The governor began his letter of questions with a brief discussion of the 900,000 people who are out of work in Florida, saying that many university graduates can't find jobs and implying that the problem is with their education.
One of his questions also focuses on university employees with high salaries, asking for the job descriptions, total wages, number of courses taught and goals for the 50 highest-paid employees of each university.
The USF report runs 106 pages and includes separate answers to each question from each of the four USF campuses – the main campus in Tampa, plus St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Polytechnic in Lakeland.
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