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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog (As of 08-20-17) 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog (As of 08-20-17) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Support Services and Programs

Center for Disability Services (CDS)


The College of Charleston actively and affirmatively seeks to accommodate any currently enrolled student with a documented disability in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and its 2008 amendments. Upon admission, students whose disabilities would require accommodations are urged to apply for services by contacting CDS before the semester begins.

Center for Student Learning (CSL)


The Center for Student Learning offers academic assistance to all students, with 45% of students using our services annually. Conveniently located in the Addlestone Library, the Center is composed of walk-in accounting, Spanish, math, science, speaking, and writing labs, providing students with tutorials and consultations with trained and experienced staff, faculty, and peer tutors. In addition, tutoring is available by appointment in selected introductory courses and all other languages not served by walk-in labs. Supplemental Instruction group sessions are offered in selected courses. Study skills assistance is offered by appointment and through weekly workshops. A North Area Campus location offers limited services during select hours. See our website for more details.

Center for International Education (CIE)


The Center for International Education (CIE) is the coordinating office for all international activities. CIE works with faculty members and departments to develop study abroad programs, collaborates with the Office of Admissions on international student recruitment, coordinates international student enrollment and provides services for international students and faculty.

Additionally, CIE works with schools and departments to identify and develop educational linkages with international partners in concert with the College’s goals and priorities, pursues and supports initiatives in support of the College’s internationalization goals, and serves as the general resource for all international matters. Through its programs, support services for international students and faculty, CIE fosters a climate that allows students to engage with and learn from global experiences and perspectives.

Career Center


The Career Center offers career counseling, help in finding part-time and full-time employment, assistance in choosing a major, internship information, graduate and professional school advice and post-graduation planning. Seminars on these topics are offered throughout the school year. The Center also holds several career fairs annually for students to meet directly with a wide range of employers and graduate schools.

Lowcountry Graduate Center (LGC)


The Lowcountry Graduate Center (LGC), located on the College of Charleston North Campus (3800 Paramount Drive, North Charleston, at Exit 15 of I-526), offers graduate programs of study for credit aimed at advancing the careers of working professionals in the Greater Charleston Metro Area. Courses are conveniently scheduled on weekday evenings and weekdays to accommodate demands of a full-time job. The graduate certificates or degrees are conferred by the host institution supplying faculty; namely: one of the three institutions that are members of the LGC consortium - the College of Charleston, the Medical University of South Carolina, and The Citadel - or another state-owned institution of higher education that partners to bring a program to the LGC, such as USC, South Carolina State University, or Clemson University. Programs are often interdisciplinary in nature, with faculty from different colleges or schools within an institution or from multiple institutions.

For further information, visit http://www.lowcountrygradcenter.org or contact Patricia Simpson, LGC Student Services Coordinator, at simpsonp@lowcountrygradcenter.org

Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library


The College of Charleston Libraries house a variety of print and electronic resources, offer instruction and research services, and accommodate students with private and group study areas. Addlestone Library also hosts the Student Computing Lab (239 desktop computers and 30 laptops), 2 KIC scanners which scan books and other documents into multiple formats including searchable text and MP3 and Starbucks café. Special Collections acquires and manages holdings that include rare books, manuscripts and digital collections. Reference services provides research consultations to assist students with projects, locating and evaluating information and understanding the research process. IT support for student laptops is also provided. The libraries collections include: 700,000 books, 500,000 ebooks, 84,000 print and ejournals, 328 databases and 87,000 DVD’s/videos. Library hours and other useful information can be found on our website: http://library.cofc.edu

Area Library Resources

College of Charleston students also have access to the library facilities of the following institutions:

  • Charleston Southern University
  • The Citadel
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • The Berkeley, Main and Palmer campuses of Trident Technical College

Students may also use the facilities of the following neighborhood libraries, subject to the policies of each institution:

  • Charleston County Library
  • Charleston Library Society
  • S.C. Historical Society

Marine Resources Library


The Marine Resources Library at Fort Johnson houses the extensive marine science holdings of the College of Charleston, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Marine Resources Division and NOAA/NOS/CCEHBR/Charleston Laboratory.

Avery Research Center


The Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, located at 125 Bull Street, is an archive and museum that has been established to document, preserve, and make public the unique historical and cultural heritage of African Americans in South Carolina and the Lowcountry.

Assessment of Institutional Effectiveness and Student Learning

Office for Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Planning

Assessment at the College of Charleston is an ongoing and systematic process of gathering, analyzing, and interpreting evidence to determine how well goals are being achieved and expectations are being met at the course, program and institutional level. The College conducts assessments of academic achievement and student satisfaction; as well as personal and career development. At times these assessments involve the collection and assessment of anonymous student work; as well as the administration of national surveys and proficiency exams. The results are used to enhance the learning environment, improve learning outcomes, and renew curriculum and pedagogy. Assessment evidence demonstrates to stakeholders and accreditors that students are meeting stated learning outcomes and institutional objectives.

Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Information Management

The Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Information Management enables the success of students, faculty and staff, the College, and the local community by providing accurate data reporting and insightful analyses.

Office of the Registrar


The mission of the College of Charleston Office of the Registrar is to develop and maintain effective processes, procedures, and services necessary for the accurate and timely creation, maintenance, storage, auditing, transmission, and retrieval of student academic records from matriculation to graduation.  Our office is located on the second floor of the Lightsey Center at 160 Calhoun Street.

Division of Information Technology


The Division of Information Technology works collaboratively across the College of Charleston campus to provide information management and technology solutions. Its primary office is located on the fifth floor of the Bell South Building at 81 St. Philip Street. Visit their website to learn about CWID, CMAIL, MyCharleston, and a Cougars Account. This division also assists students with the purchase and support of computer hardware and software.

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