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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:


Urban Garden Offers Beauty, Bounty, and Learning
Posted on 16 August 2016 | 1:10 pm
The Urban Garden in the Lightsey Courtyard represents the Academic Advising and Planning Center’s philosophy of working holistically with students to help them discover their passions, talents, and goals as they create their path to graduation and lifelong learning.  The garden was commissioned by Diane Bowers, Associate Director of the AAPC in spring of 2016, […]
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CofC Partners With UK Soccer Program To Help North Charleston Youth
Posted on 16 May 2016 | 1:42 pm
College of Charleston staff members Jimmie Foster, Jr. (far left) and Bruce Fleming (far right) with members of the Charleston Battery and Nottingham Forest soccer clubs. This meeting in November 2014 helped create the Charleston Goals Project. Photo provided by Jimmie Foster, Jr.   Read how this partnership is helping North Charleston Youth and CofC […]
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