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Office for the Academic Experience

Mission Statement

The Office for the Academic Experience provides students with educationally purposeful opportunities that lead to deep learning, integrated social and intellectual development, and engagement with local and global communities.


  1. To promote student engagement in transformative learning experiences both in and out of the classroom.
  2. To assure student success in ways that challenge all students to overcome obstacles in order to do their best work.

Departments that report directly to the Associate Vice President for the Academic Experience, Lynne E. Ford, include:


Program Spotlight: Freshman Commuter Collegium
Posted on 21 January 2015 | 2:09 pm
What is the Freshman Commuter Collegium? The Freshman Commuter Collegium (FCC) is located in the first floor McAlister common room with access off of St. Philip Street.   It is designed as a home away from home for freshman commuter students – a place they can hang out, gather their thoughts and recharge with new friends.  […]
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Berry Residence Hall Programming engages with Charleston Community
Posted on 18 December 2014 | 9:40 am
In August 2014, Berry Residence Hall welcomed around 635 students in its first year as a co-ed Living-Learning Community.   Living and Learning Communities bridge in-class student learning opportunities and out-of-class residential environments to heighten that heighten student intellectual and personal growth.  These communities foster faculty and student interaction in a purposeful manner through events such […]
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