USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Culinary Innovation Lab, located on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch, offers hands-on training to the campus’ hospitality management students.

Website ranks USF Sarasota-Manatee campus’ hospitality program as No. 3 in the nation

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: March 02, 2020

SARASOTA, Fla. (March 02, 2020) – A new analysis by online educational site ranks the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus’ hospitality management program at No. 3 in the nation.

The study, the 50 Best Hospitality & Tourism Schools for 2020, notes the breadth of programming, business partnerships, on-site facilities and other factors that help the campus’ College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership excel in the national ranking.

“Students in the hospitality management program at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee gain practical experience in the college’s Culinary Innovation Lab where they help cater university events and take classes in areas including restaurant management, menu development, and wine tasting,” the study’s authors wrote.

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Pat Moreo, PhD, founded in 2002, is a private company in Mountain View, California, that produces online learning courses, animated video lessons and study tools for students, teachers and working professionals. Visitors to the website also research potential schools, degrees and careers.

“Recognition from a national source speaks to the quality and breadth of our hospitality management program and, most of all, the care that we have for our students,” said Patrick Moreo, PhD, dean of the College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership.’s ranking, which came out last week, is based on U. S. Department of Education data, including tuition costs, graduation rates, acceptance rates and student-to-faculty ratio. The study also considers such factors as internship and networking opportunities and on- and off-site facilities for practical learning.

“Realizing the value of hands-on learning, the university also maintains a teaching partnership with a local resort and offers summer study abroad opportunities for students,” the study’s authors wrote, adding that the college offers both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in hospitality management.

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