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:


Third Annual Strengths Institute
Posted on 12 May 2021 | 10:36 am
Sometimes we don’t know our own strength. But once we do, it makes us even stronger – and empowers everyone around us, too. That’s why the College of Charleston Office for the Academic Experience is offering faculty and staff the opportunity to attend its third annual Strengths Institute, Aug. 3–5, 2021. Applications close May 21, 2021. This free, fun and […]
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Cougar Countdown 2021
Posted on 22 April 2021 | 10:34 am
Cougar Countdown Helps Make Finals Fun.  For most students, exams mean late nights of coffee-fueled studying. But the College of Charleston wants to help ease that stress with a series of activities designed to keep students centered and relaxed as they wrap up the spring semester. Running April 22-27, 2021, Cougar Countdown is a mix of physical […]
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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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