Associate Vice President for Planning, Assessment and Innovation
Office: Thornwell Administrative Annex 135
Pam Bowers leads division efforts to develop a culture of evidence-based decision making, transparency of purpose and intentional program delivery and accountability for results.
Bowers chairs the division's Planning, Assessment and Innovation Council and serves on the University Assessment Advisory Committee and the Carolina Core Committee (General Education). She has taught institutional assessment courses for UofSC's master’s programs in higher education and student affairs and higher education and business administration and for the South Carolina Community College Leadership Alliance, a joint program of UofSC and the South Carolina Technical College System.
She leads university efforts to document learning associated with student involvement in educationally purposeful support and enrichment programs, serving as project leader to develop and implement a supplemental student information system, Beyond The Classroom Matters™ (BTCM). The project, a collaborative effort of the Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support, the Office of the Provost and the Division of Information Technology, has received national attention, including selection by the Lumina Foundation for inclusion in the Comprehensive Student Record project. BTCM has been featured or cited in webinars and publications sponsored by NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU), Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), Wiche Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) and Educause.
Bowers' training and experience includes service with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Peer Review Corps as consultant-evaluator for the Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality (PEAQ) and as Academic Quality Improvement Project (AQIP) peer reviewer and with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) as institutional effectiveness evaluator.
Bowers earned a doctorate in applied behavioral studies in education from Oklahoma State University. Her research focused on analysis of the relationship of employment outcomes to developmental variables and job search strategies of college graduates.