CIEL promotes student opportunities to engage beyond the classroom and synthesize and apply learning across experiences. Graduation with Leadership Distinction is the Center’s signature program and recognizes students for significant engagement and learning, including leadership through solution-oriented thinking. Experiential Learning is also encouraged for all undergraduate students.
To advance integrative and experiential learning across within and beyond the classroom experiences at the University of South Carolina Columbia and Palmetto College campuses for students, faculty, and staff by providing programs, developing resources, conducting outreach, and facilitating assessment.
To foster an enriched educational environment through purposeful within and beyond the classroom experiences that deepen the impact on student learning and enhance their preparation for the future.
CIEL, formerly USC Connect, was highlighted in The Undergraduate Experience: Focusing Institutions on What Matters Most in 2016 as an example of intentional alignment in higher education across educational purpose, student needs, resources, policies, and practices. Details on aspects of our programs published in 2018 include:
- Integrative Learning and Graduation with Leadership Distinction: ePortfolios and Institutional Change. In Catalyst in Action: Case Studies of High Impact ePortfolio Practice (Eynon & Gambino).
- Game Changer: How a Graduation Distinction Can Impact Learning for All [pdf], eSource for College Transitions, National Resource Center.
- Closing the Feedback Loop: Visible Learning with Intentional Reflection [pdf] ,Synergy, NASPA Student Affairs Partnering with Academic Affairs Knowledge Community.
View a more complete list [pdf] of recent publications and presentations by CIEL and our faculty and staff partners.
CIEL is housed in the Office of the Provost and overseen by the vice provost and dean of undergraduate studies. Office staff includes a faculty executive director, an associate director for assessment and director of the quality enhancement plan, an assistant director for student services, and student advisors/consultants. Faculty fellows serve as advocates for integrative learning and provide faculty perspectives to the Center. The CIEL Council, composed of administrators, faculty, and student representatives, provides global direction and oversight. The Student Advisory Council provides ongoing feedback. CIEL partners with all colleges/schools and many offices throughout the university.
2016 Go Abroad Innovation Award
Recognizing pioneering universities who offer productive re-entry programming to study abroad participants.
2016 NASPA Excellence Award
Recognizing the impact USC Connect has on student learning, cross campus collaboration, originality, and sustainability.
2014 AGLS Exemplary Program Award
Recognizing innovative efforts using co-curricular activities to accomplish the goals of general education.