Academic Excellence: One of the College’s Core Values

Each month I plan to highlight one of the College’s core values. This month, I want to talk about academic excellence, particularly in regards to the South Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation (SCAMP) program at the College.

SCAMP is an enrichment four-year program at the College for minorities who are majoring in science disciplines. The program provides mentoring and summer-research opportunities for students from underrepresented populations who want to pursue a degree in the STEM disciplines. The program is funded by the National Science Foundation.

The activities of SCAMP are consistent with the mission and strategic goals of the College. For roughly 20 years, the College has been involved with SCAMP, and hundreds of students have benefited from activities such as the summer bridge program, undergraduate research, science and leadership conferences, tutoring and graduate school preparation. In addition, many of these students have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in STEM areas.

I had the privilege to attend the SCAMP Undergraduate Research Banquet on October 7, 2015. It was a wonderful event where students presented on the research they had conducted with their mentors. At many universities, that kind of experience wouldn’t be available to undergraduates. But at the College, our students are enabled and empowered to conduct remarkable research as undergrads. That boundless opportunity is central to our commitment to fostering a dynamic intellectual community and to providing a top-notch student experience.

We will continue facilitating meaningful faculty-student engagement. After all, the College of Charleston is a student-focused community, and our students are the reason why we’re all here.