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:


CofC Supports Student – Veterans Year Round
Posted on 16 November 2021 | 10:48 am
For the past few years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked the College of Charleston as one of the best schools in the nation for veterans. That doesn’t surprise Jabe Danielson. After serving in the United States Marine Corps, Danielson started looking for a place to continue his education. After talking with other veterans, he […]
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First Year Experience classes offer Transformational Opportunities
Posted on 14 November 2021 | 10:38 am
William Ganas draws a deep breath as he gets ready to address the students sitting in front of him. “The author of this chapter,” he says, “asks us to consider the significance of Black actors playing the part of white founding fathers in Lin Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton. She writes about the concept of a Model Minority […]
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Center for Excellence in Peer Education Celebrates 10 years
Posted on 6 October 2021 | 11:14 am
We’ve all heard the saying, “If you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime.” The College of Charleston has taken this maxim one step further by teaching students not just how to learn, but also how to teach others the […]
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