USC System Mission Statement
The primary mission of the University of South Carolina is the education of the state’s diverse citizens through teaching, research, creative activity, and service. Founded in 1801, the University of South Carolina system is the largest university in the state, serving more than 41,000 students from its flagship Columbia campus, three senior campuses (Aiken, Beaufort, and Upstate), and four regional campuses (Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter, and Union).
The University of South Carolina is a public institution offering degree programs at the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. Through the primary method of classroom and laboratory instruction and through a secondary method of distance education delivered via the Internet, teleconference and electronic media, degree programs are offered in the following areas: arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing; hospitality, retail, and sport management; mass communications and information studies; music; public health; and social work, and in professional programs such as business, law, medicine, nursing, and pharmacy.
With a flagship campus recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a top research and service institution and nationally ranked in start-up businesses, and an eight-campus system that confers nearly 40% of all bachelor’s and graduate degrees awarded at public institutions in South Carolina, the University has a profound relevance, reach, and impact on the people of the state. The University of South Carolina provides all students with the highest-quality education, including the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for success and responsible citizenship in a complex and changing world through engagement in nationally and internationally ranked research, scholarship, service, and artistic creation.
USC Columbia Mission Statement
The primary mission of the University of South Carolina Columbia is the education of the state’s citizens through teaching, research, creative activity, and community engagement. Among America’s oldest and most comprehensive public universities, USC Columbia is the major research institution of the University of South Carolina system and its largest campus, enrolling approximately 21,000 undergraduate students and approximately 8,000 students in graduate and professional programs. At the heart of its mission lies the University’s responsibility to state and society to promote the dissemination of knowledge, cultural enrichment, and an enhanced quality of life.
The University serves a diverse population of students with widely varying backgrounds, career goals, and levels of aspiration. USC Columbia offers over 320 degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional program levels, affording students the most comprehensive array of educational programs in the state. Additional opportunities for personal and career development, including an associate degree program at Fort Jackson, are provided to the citizens of South Carolina through outreach and continuing education activities.
Through the primary method of classroom and laboratory instruction, and through a secondary method of distance learning delivered via the Internet, teleconference, and electronic media, degree programs are offered in the following areas: arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing; hospitality, retail, and sport management; mass communications and information studies; music; public health; and social work; and in professional programs such as business, law, medicine, nursing, and pharmacy. The depth and breadth of its graduate programs in the arts and sciences, international business, public health, social work, and library and information science distinguishes USC Columbia from all other institutions of higher learning in South Carolina.
Recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a top research and service institution, nationally ranked in start-up businesses, and conferring over 30% of all bachelor’s and graduate degrees awarded at public institutions in South Carolina, the University has a profound relevance, reach, and impact on the people of the state. As the flagship institution of the state system, USC Columbia leads the way in providing all students with the highest-quality education, including the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for success and responsible citizenship in a complex and changing world through engagement in nationally and internationally ranked research, scholarship, community outreach, and artistic creation.
The University of South Carolina is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4501 for questions about the accreditation of the University of South Carolina. The accreditation report of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is available to the public in the Office of the Provost and the Office of Institutional Assessment and Compliance and is on reserve at the Thomas Cooper Library.
In addition to this comprehensive accreditation, the professional schools on the Columbia campus are individually accredited by their respective associations as follows:
College of Arts and Sciences: In the Department of Psychology, the graduate degrees in clinical-community psychology are accredited by the American Psychological Association; graduate degrees in school psychology are accredited by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the National Association of School Psychologists with the doctoral program also being accredited by the American Psychological Association. The Master of Public Administration degree offered by the Department of Political Science is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. The Department of Theatre and Dance is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre and the University/Resident Theatre Association. The Department of Art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The Department of Chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society.
Moore School of Business and the School of Accounting: American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business.
College of Education: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Other Related Educational Programs.
College of Engineering and Computing: Programs in chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The programs in computer science and computer information systems are accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
School of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management: Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration.
School of Law: American Bar Association, Association of American Law Schools.
College of Mass Communications and Information Studies: The School of Journalism and Mass Communications is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. The School of Library and Information Science is accredited by the American Library Association.
School of Medicine: Liaison Committee on Medical Education of the American Medical Association-Association of American Medical Colleges.
School of Music: National Association of Schools of Music.
College of Nursing: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
College of Pharmacy: American Council on Pharmaceutical Education.
Arnold School of Public Health: Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Education for Public Health, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification.
College of Social Work: Council on Social Work Education.
Board of Trustees
Nikki R. Haley, Governor of South Carolina, Ex Officio Chair
Eugene P. Warr, Jr., 4th Judicial Circuit, Chair
John C. von Lehe, Jr., 9th Judicial Circuit, Vice Chair
Miles Loadholt, 2nd Judicial Circuit, Chair Emeritus
Chuck Allen, 10th Judicial Circuit
Paula Harper Bethea, Carolina Alumni Association
J. Egerton Burroughs, 15th Judicial Circuit
Mark W. Buyck, Jr., Gubernatorial Designee
Thomas C. Cofield, Gubernatorial Appointee
A.C. Fennell III, 8th Judicial Circuit
C. Edward Floyd, 12th Judicial Circuit
William C. Hubbard, 5th Judicial Circuit
William W. Jones, Jr., 14th Judicial Circuit
Toney J. Lister, 7th Judicial Circuit
Hubert F. Mobley, 6th Judicial Circuit
Leah B. Moody, 16th Judicial Circuit
C. Dorn Smith III, 3rd Judicial Circuit
Thad H. Westbrook, 11th Judicial Circuit
Mack I. Whittle, Jr., 13th Judicial Circuit
Charles H. Williams II, 1st Judicial Circuit
Mitchell M. Zais, State Superintendent of Education
Amy E. Stone, Secretary
Harris Pastides, Ph.D., President
Michael Amiridis, Ph.D., Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Leslie G. Brunelli, M.B.A., Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Christopher D. Byrd, M.Ed., Vice President for Human Resources
Susan D. Hanna, B.S., University Treasurer
William F. Hogue, Ed.D., Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
Jancy Houck, M.A., Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations
Derrick E. Huggins, B.S., Vice President for Facilities and Transportation
Prakash Nagarkatti, Ph.D., Vice President for Research
Walter H. Parham, J.D., General Counsel and Executive Director of Compliance Programs
Dennis A. Pruitt Sr., Ed.D., Vice President for Student Affairs, Vice Provost for Academic Support and Dean of Students
Amy E. Stone, M.Ed., University Secretary and Secretary of the Board of Trustees
Edward L. Walton, B.A., Senior Vice President for Administration and Chief Operating Officer