Centers and Institutes

Dr. John Allen, USF’s first president, established five research institutes which depended on external funding for research activities. Institute III was focused on Special Education, and thus, was closely related to the College of Education. When Dr. Cecil Mackey became president of USF, he abolished the five institutes. The concept, however, had taken hold, and centers and institutes began to appear in various colleges throughout USF. The College of Education was no exception, and centers and institutes were established and funded by the Florida Legislature, external grants, or philanthropic gifts. Centers served as an identity and conduit for grants which focused on specific topics. Some centers changed their names as the focus of faculty research changed, and others went out of existence. Centers and institutes within the College of Education reached their peak in the 1990s. Further information about centers and institutes within the College of Education may be accessed from the listing below:

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