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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

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Leadership Distinction:
Professional and Civic Engagement

Overview and Requirements

Students graduating from USC Columbia, Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter, or Union may earn Graduation with Leadership Distinction in Professional and Civic Engagement.

Students applying to Graduate with Leadership Distinction must

  1. Attend an orientation session — recommended as early as possible (e.g., first or second year), but no later than the semester prior to graduation.
  2. Review the GLD application early (recommended first or second year) and submit the completed application to the Office of USC as required in the graduation semester. Applications must include all required signatures. See application form for further details.
  3. Meet all academic requirements in their pathway for the appropriate degree level (baccalaureate or associate).

Questions? Contact: 803-777-3272, uconnect@mailbox.sc.edu.

 

Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

Download the GLD PCE Baccalaureate Application (PDF) with requirements.

Participate

  1. Core Experience - Two Parts

    Part A: 1 semester in an approved leadership experience (e.g., officer, ambassador, peer/project leader) AND

    Part B, one of the following:
    • 240 hrs supervised, work/professional experience
    • 2 additional semester(s) in approved leadership experience - 1 different from
      Part A
    • 120 hrs work/professional experience and 1 additional semester in a leadership role


    Please note: Some work/professional experience is required which can be achieved through either at least 120 hours in core experiences or a practica/internship course. Experiences cannot be double counted — e.g., a paid leadership experience is either counted toward meeting leadership OR work/professional experience, not both.
     

  2. Enhancement Experiences
    3 different experiences that enhance understanding of professional and civic engagement

Create

  1. Course work
    6 credit hours coursework from approved list with a grade of B or better

Create and Lead

  1. Publication or Presentation
    Publish in a professional publication (e.g., Caravel) OR

    Present at Discovery Day; a local, state, national, or international professional meeting/conference; or an approved office/department/college presentation experience.
     
  2. E-portfolio
    The e-portfolio can be completed in one of two ways:
  • Workshop training and direct submission to USC Connect OR
  • Successful completion of a credit-bearing course meeting GLD e-portfolio requirements

 

Associate’s Degree Requirements

Download the GLD PCE Associate Application (PDF) with requirements.

Participate

  1. Core Experience - Two Parts

    Part A: 1 semester in an approved leadership experience (e.g., officer, ambassador, peer/project leader) AND

    Part B, one of the following:
    • 120 hrs supervised, work/professional experience
    • 1 additional semester in approved leadership experience-1 different from Part A

    Please note: Some work/professional experience is required which can be achieved through either at least 120 hours in core experiences or a practica/internship course. Experiences cannot be double counted — e.g., a paid leadership experience is either counted toward meeting leadership OR work/professional experience, not both.


     
  2. Enhancement Experiences
    2 different experiences that enhance understanding of community service

Create

  1. Course work
    3 credit hours coursework from approved list with a grade of B or better

Create and Lead

  1. Publication or Presentation
    Publish in a professional publication (e.g., Caravel) OR

    Present at Discovery Day; a local, state, national, or international professional meeting/conference; or an approved office/department/college presentation experience.
     
  2. E-portfolio
    The e-portfolio can be completed in one of two ways:
  • Workshop training and direct submission to USC Connect OR
  • Successful completion of a credit-bearing course meeting GLD e-portfolio requirements


 


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USC Connect
Thomas Cooper Library, Suite L132
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
803-777-3272

Irma Van Scoy, Executive Director
Damara Hightower-Davis, Assistant Director
Natalie Smith-Kenner, Administrative Coordinator
Nicholas (Nick) Vaught, Student Services Coordinator

Student Representative Board


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Columbia, SC 29208 • 803-777-2808 • provost@sc.edu