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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 Mentoring Program
Posted on 3 December 2015 | 7:21 pm
Over 80 College of Charleston undergraduate students volunteer their time to serve as peer mentors for students in the REACH program. The REACH program is a four-year, fully-inclusive certificate program for students with mild intellectual and/or development disabilities that promotes the advancement of knowledge and skill in the areas of: academics, socialization, independent living and […]
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College of Charleston REACH program highlighted at Conference
Posted on 3 December 2015 | 7:15 pm
Former College of Charleston President George Benson, Dr. Lynne E. Ford, AVP, Academic Experience, Edie Cusack, Director, REACH, and Betsy Harper, Mentor Coordinator, REACH represented the College of Charleston at the State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in Fairfax, Virginia November 13-15, 2015. During the conference, Edie Cusack […]
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