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:


First Year Experience Offers Students Lessons Outside the Classroom
Posted on 18 December 2020 | 11:39 am
Exploration, discovery, discussions and research are all key components of the College of Charleston’s First Year Experience (FYE) program, which is designed to fully integrate new students into the academic and cultural community of the College. FYE usually includes activities outside the classroom, and although the COVID-19 pandemic presented challenges for the fall 2020 semester, […]
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Have Fun, Stay Focused During Finals with Cougar Countdown
Posted on 4 December 2020 | 10:31 am
Cougar Countdown kicks off Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, with a variety of academic and social events aimed at helping students stay focused and centered during finals from Dec. 8-Dec. 14. Organized by the Center for Student Learning, Cougar Countdown is a program for students to support their mind, body and spirit during the final days of […]
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Orientation 2020: Everything You Need to Know
Posted on 2 July 2020 | 1:37 pm
For the first time ever, new student orientation at the College of Charleston will be held online for incoming students joining the Cougar family for the fall 2020 semester. Running from July 8 to Aug. 7, 2020, a total of 11 virtual orientation sessions will be held for students and families to learn more about campus resources, […]
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