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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:


REACH Gala raises money for Scholarships
Posted on 18 February 2016 | 6:34 pm
On Friday, February 5th,  a Gala to raise money for REACH student scholarships was held at the Francis Marion Hotel in downtown Charleston. There was a live auction and a silent auction during the event.   REACH Director Edie Cusack, Former College of Charleston President George Benson, and Provost Brian McGee spoke about the importance of […]
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First Year Experience Abroad
Posted on 16 February 2016 | 2:35 pm
First Year Experience (FYE) Abroad was created under the model of Develop / Experience / Reflect in 2013. It encourages first year students to enjoy the benefits of study abroad learning in a short time frame and encourages students to make plans early to undertake a more extensive study abroad experience later in their college […]
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