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Interfacing With COCES

There are a number of USC offices and programs that work with the COCES to help enhance the university’s engagement and service efforts. 

USCConnect provides a searchable database for faculty, staff, and students to facilitate the integration of learning within and beyond the classroom.  This database includes resources on integrative learning and encourages USC faculty and staff to enter new opportunities into the database.  Community engagement and service initiatives represent one of the key integrative pathways for students and are a significant component of beyond the classroom experiences.   

The Office of Student Engagement provides support to faculty and staff who wish to incorporate an academic service-learning component into a course or experience.  Service-learning classes integrate meaningful service opportunities into the curriculum in a way that reinforces learning outcomes and addresses an identified community need. The office assists faculty in connecting with community organizations, writing learning outcomes for service, assessing student learning, and providing opportunities for professional development. 

The Office of Undergraduate Research serves faculty and the community by providing and facilitating mentored research experiences for USC students.  Projects can be faculty-led, developed by a community agency, or student-generated.  Office services include advertising research opportunities to students, providing funding sources for students’ research activities, and providing a professional presentation venue for students to showcase their beyond the classroom activities.   

The Office of Community Service Programs helps to build bridges between the campus and the diverse Columbia community.  Office staff serve as liaisons to help match the volunteer desires of students to the needs of community agencies.  These agencies have ample opportunities to advertise their particular volunteer needs via a Community Service Fair, bi-weekly newsletter, and office website. 

The Study Abroad Office under the auspices of the International Programs Division, develops services and programs which facilitate the engagement of faculty, staff, and students in global activities. This is often done in collaboration with various campus and community constituencies. The staff welcomes international exchange students from partner institutions as well as advises and prepares USC students who wish to study, conduct research, volunteer, or intern abroad. 

Team Gamecocks represents the USC student-athlete community outreach initiative.  Each year, student athletes engage in activities through the Columbia community, including reading to elementary-aged school children, feeding the homeless, and visiting hospitalized children.  They make appearances and support hundreds of events in the community and connect with South Carolinians outside of the Columbia area via Skype.

 

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