Extending Learning Within and Beyond the Classroom

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About the Office of Student Engagement

Office of Student Engagement Mission

The Office of Student Engagement’s mission is to encourage students to engage in learning without limits both within and beyond the classroom. Through partnerships with academic and student affairs units, we foster integrative learning and assist students in connecting to University resources and programs. The Office directly manages the work of several high-impact areas including Service-Learning, Domestic Study Away, and Engagement Research and Initiatives.

Office of Student Engagement Vision

The Office of Student Engagement is a nexus of engaged learning and intentional beyond the classroom experiences which foster self-reflection and personal development for the Carolina community.

GOALS

Departmental Goal 1: Coordinate and increase the level of academic service-learning opportunities at the University of South Carolina in order to promote integrative learning and shape responsible citizens.

Departmental Goal 2: Implement a comprehensive domestic study away program that promotes integrative learning and advances students’ understanding of diversity broadly defined.

Department Goal 3: Conduct research and assessment regarding students’ engagement at the University of South Carolina that leads to the implementation of specific initiatives that advance learning and improve student retention and success.

Office of Student Engagement Philosophy - We believe…
  • Engagement is learning
  • Engagement happens everywhere. It is boundless/limitless.
  • In the value of collaboration and establishing strong cross campus partnerships
  • In the value of getting students out of the classroom
  • Learning at its best should be active, integrative, and connect to real life
The Office of Student Engagement: An Overview

The Office of Student Engagement was created in 2007 out of a re-organization within the Division of Student Affairs that brought together academic and student affairs units. The original purpose of the unit was to encourage student participation in high impact activities (e.g., linked courses, service-learning, peer leadership, study away) that national research has demonstrated enhances student success and retention.

Currently, the Office is made up of three full-time staff members, four graduate assistants in the Higher Education and Student Affairs master’s degree program, a full-time Americorps*VISTA volunteer, and one undergraduate assistant. Student Engagement assists the Office of Institutional Assessment and Compliance in implementing the National Survey of Student Engagement and conducts research on best practices within the field. The Office oversees the following initiatives including: Service-Learning, Domestic Study Away, The Sophomore Initiative, the Student Engagement Plan, The Peer Leadership Advisors Network, and encourages student-faculty interaction through the Mutual Expectations program.

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