University of South Carolina Aiken: An Overview 2012-2020

University Recognitions and Awards

2012-13

  • 2013 US News Best Colleges: Regional Colleges South (Public) #1
  • Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013 Great Colleges to Work For

2013-14

  • 2014 Military Friendly School
  • 2014 US News Best Colleges: Regional Colleges South (Public) #2
  • 2014 US News Best Colleges for Veterans: Regional Colleges South
  • 2014 US News Best Colleges Undergraduate Business Programs

2014-15

  • 2015 Military Times Best For Vets Colleges
  • 2015 Military Friendly School
  • 2015 Military Advanced Education & Transition Top School
  • 2014 Tree Campus USA Recognition
  • 2015 US News Best Colleges: Regional Colleges South (Public) #1
  • 2015 US News Best Colleges for Veterans: Regional Colleges South
  • 2015 US News Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
  • 2015 US News Best Online Graduate Education Programs
  • Chronicle of Higher Education, 2014 Great Colleges to Work For

2015-16

  • 2016 Military Times Best For Vets Colleges
  • 2016 Military Friendly School
  • 2016 Military Spouse Friendly School
  • 2016 Military Advanced Education & Transition Top School
  • 2015 Tree Campus USA Recognition
  • 2016 US News Best Colleges: Regional Colleges South (Public) #1
  • 2016 US News Best Colleges for Veterans: Regional Colleges South
  • 2016 US News Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
  • 2016 US News Best Online Graduate Education Programs
  • 2016 US News Best Colleges Campus Ethnic Diversity: Regional Colleges South
  • 2016 US News Best Colleges Economic Diversity: Regional Colleges South

2016-17

  • 2017 Military Times Best For Vets Colleges
  • 2017 Military Friendly Silver School
  • 2017 Military Advanced Education & Transition Top School
  • 2016 Tree Campus USA Recognition
  • 2017 US News Best Colleges: Regional Colleges South (Public) #1
  • 2017 US News Best Colleges for Veterans: Regional Colleges South
  • Chronicle of Higher Education, 2016 Great Colleges to Work For

2017-18

  • 2018 Military Times Best For Vets Colleges
  • 2017-18 Colleges of Distinction
  • 2018 Military Friendly Bronze School
  • 2018 Military Advanced Education & Transition Top School
  • 2017 Tree Campus USA Recognition
  • 2018 US News Best Colleges: Regional Colleges South (Public) #1
  • 2018 US News Best Colleges for Veterans: Regional Colleges South

2018-19

  • 2019 Military Times Best For Vets Colleges
  • 2018-19 Colleges of Distinction
  • 2018-19 Colleges of Distinction Field of Study Recognition: Business
  • 2018-19 Colleges of Distinction Field of Study Recognition: Education
  • 2018-19 Colleges of Distinction Field of Study Recognition: Nursing
  • 2018-19 Military Friendly Bronze School
  • 2018 Tree Campus USA Recognition
  • 2019 US News Best Colleges: Regional Colleges South (Public) #1
  • 2019 US News Best Colleges for Veterans: Regional Colleges South
  • 2019 US News Best Colleges Undergraduate Business Programs: Overall
  • 2019 US News Best Colleges Best Value Schools: Regional Colleges South

2019-20

  • 2020 Military Times Best For Vets Colleges
  • 2019-20 Colleges of Distinction
  • 2019-20 Colleges of Distinction Field of Study Recognition: Business
  • 2019-20 Colleges of Distinction Field of Study Recognition: Education
  • 2019-20 Colleges of Distinction Field of Study Recognition: Nursing
  • 2019-20 Career Development Colleges of Distinction
  • 2019-20 Military Friendly Bronze School
  • 2019 Tree Campus USA Recognition
  • 2020 US News Best Colleges: Regional Colleges South (Public) #2
  • 2020 US News Best Colleges for Veterans: Regional Colleges South
  • 2020 US News Best Colleges Undergraduate Business Programs: Overall
  • 2020 US News Best Colleges Campus Ethnic Diversity: Regional Colleges South
  • 2020 US News Best Colleges Most Innovative Schools: Regional Colleges South
  • 2020 US News Best Colleges Top Performers on Social Mobility: Regional Colleges South
  • 2020 US News Best Colleges Best Value Schools: Regional Colleges South

2020-21

  • 2020-21 Colleges of Distinction
  • 2020-21 Colleges of Distinction Field of Study Recognition: Business
  • 2020-21 Colleges of Distinction Field of Study Recognition: Education
  • 2020-21 Colleges of Distinction Field of Study Recognition: Nursing
  • 2020-21 Career Development Colleges of Distinction
  • 2020-21 Military Support Colleges of Distinction
  • 2020-21 Military Friendly Bronze School
  • 2021 US News Best Colleges: Regional Colleges South (Public) #1
  • 2021 US News Best Colleges for Veterans: Regional Colleges South
  • 2021 US News Best Colleges Best Value Schools: Regional Colleges South
  • 2021 US News Best Colleges Economic Diversity: Regional Colleges South
  • 2021 US News Best Colleges Top Performers on Social Mobility: Regional Colleges South
  • 2021 US News Best Colleges Undergraduate Engineering Programs: Overall Non-Doctorate
  • 2021 US News Best Colleges Undergraduate Business Programs: Overall

(2020-21 is still underway)


New Degree Programs and Concentrations

Program Additions:

  • BA Art
  • BA Chemistry
  • BA Communications & Digital Arts
  • BA Music
  • BFA Writing
  • BS Applied Computer Science
  • BS Applied Mathematics
  • BS Clinical Laboratory Science
  • BS Earth Systems Science
  • BS Industrial Process Engineering (now ABET Accredited)
  • MEd Educator Leadership
  • MBA Masters in Business Administration

Program Upgrades:

  • BA Early Child Education – added Sumter campus completion program
  • BA Elementary Education – added Salkehatchie completion program
  • BA Education – added Sumter campus program
  • BA Special Education – added online completion program
  • BS Applied Computer Science – added online completion program
  • BS Psychology – added online completion program
  • BS Business Administration – added online completion program
  • BS Nursing – added Sumter campus program
  • BS Nursing – added Union campus program
  • MEd Educator Leadership – new online program
  • MBA – new online program

(2020-21 is still in progress)


University Enrollment

From 2012 to 2020 University Student Enrollment is up 20%, with the largest % of growth in online and graduate programs.

UofSC Aiken is a university committed to access and opportunity. Over the past nine years, under-represented students have increased by 22%.

UofSC Aiken has maintained one of the lowest tuitions in the state.


Veteran and Military Student Enrollment

Between 2012 and 2020 Veteran and Military Student enrollment has increased 2245% (not a typo!). 


University Finances

The University’s financial position has improved over the past decade, even though tuition increases have been modest.

State Appropriations have increased by 78.15%.

Fund Balance has increased by 109%.


Fundraising

Dr. Jordan led the university through its first comprehensive campaign.

The University of South Carolina Aiken's current endowment assets have seen a 112% increase since Dr. Jordan started. Our donors have also increased 101% during this time.

UofSC Aiken received the 2016 Council for Advancement in Education (C.A.S.E.) “Overall Improvement” in Fundraising.

Our Family Fund continues to have an average of 85% participation and has been as high as 92% during Dr. Jordan’s tenure.

Projects such as the All Steinway Campaign and the More Than a Game Campaign reached their goal.

During this time, the university’s first multi-million dollar commitment of $3M has been committed as a future estate intent.


University Partnerships

ADP: 

  • Summer Scholars Institute

Aiken County Economic Development Partnership (EDP):  Partnership on Campus

Aiken County Public School System:

  • The Scholars Academy
  • Call Me Mister
  • Dual Enrollment Program

Aiken Regional Medical Centers:

  • COVID-19 Testing       
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
  • Women’s Life Cycle Fund

Aiken Symphony Orchestra: 

  • Summer Director’s Program

Aiken Technical College:

  • MLK Annual Celebration and Diversity Scholarships
  • Curricula alignment and several educational grants through the SCCRO

Amentum/Savannah River Remediation: 

  • College of Engineering and Sciences Innovative Fund

AT&T: 

  • Future City Program

AAUW:  

  • Book Fair Partnership and Endowed Scholarship

Bridgestone Americas:

  • Bridgestone Environmental Education Program (B.E.E.P.)
  • Bridgestone Endowed Professorship
  • Bridgestone Endowed Chair in the Sciences

City of Aiken:

  • Aiken on the Alley (use of downtown building)
  • Oktoberfest Celebration
  • Mardi Gras Celebration
  • Art Wraps Downtown
  • Hope Garden Partnership during the holidays
  • Town/Gown Committee

Department of Energy: 

  • The Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative

Department of Energy Environmental Management (DOE-EM): 

  • Workforce Opportunities in Regional Careers (WORC)

First Tee: 

  • The More Than a Game project with UofSC Aiken Athletics

Fort Gordon:

  • Delivery of programs, including Cyber Security

Gregg-Graniteville Foundation:

  • Library Partnership and Scholarships

Kimberly Clark: 

  • The First Tee Project

South Carolina National Guard:

  • Dream Port
  • Cyber security

Savannah River National Laboratory (S.R.N.L):

  • Science on Tap
  • STEM in the Alley
  • Collegiate Affiliate Program

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (S.R.N.S.)

  • Endowed Chair in Engineering
  • Veterans Center – Enhanced Training and Internships
  • Emerging Leaders Training Program
  • SRNS Scholarships and Internships

Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization (SRSCRO):

  • WORC program and partnership

SCANA:

  • College of Engineering and Science Start-Up
  • RPSEC Solar Curriculum

Small Business Development:

  • Space on campus
  • Consulting services

Steinway & Sons: 

  • “All Steinway” Partnership

Town and Country:

  • Partnership program and Scholarships

University Hospital:

  • Collaboration on B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science

International Educational Partners

  • Ajeenkya DY Patil University, India
  • GOA University, India
  • Jamia Hamdard University, India
  • Sanjay Ghodawat International School, India
  • Swaminarayan Gurukum Vishwavidya Pratishthanam (SGVP), India
  • Vidyalankar School of Information and Technology (VSIT)
  • IESEG School of Management (IESEG),   France
  • Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
  • Yokohama City University, Japan

UofSC Aiken: 15 New or Reaffirmed External Accreditation Reviews since 2012

Agency

Institution or Area Covered

Last Review

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

University of South Carolina Aiken

Upcoming in 2021

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

School of Business Administration degree programs

2020

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

School of Education degree programs

2020

Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)

Master of Education in Educational Technology

2016

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Bachelor of Arts in Education (Early Childhood Education)

2018

Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)

Bachelor of Arts in Education (Elementary Education)

2020

Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE)

Bachelor of Arts in Education (Middle Level Education)

2018

National Council for Social Studies (NCSS)

Bachelor of Arts in Education (Secondary Education – Social Studies)

2019

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

Bachelor of Arts in Education (Secondary Education – English)

2018

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

Bachelor of Science in Education (Secondary Education – Sciences)

2018

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

Bachelor of Science in Education (Secondary Mathematics)

2019

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

Bachelor of Arts in Special Education (Special Education)

2019

National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

Bachelor of Arts (Music)

2015

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School of Nursing degree programs

2016

Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) Initial Accreditation

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Process Engineering

2017

Master in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC)

Master of Science in Applied Clinical Psychology

2014


Athletic Accomplishments

  • 4 teams reached DII Elite Eight
  • 1 team reached DII Final Four
  • 31 teams invited to NCAA tournament
  • 13 Peach Belt Championship teams
  • 24 All-Americans
  • 10 Academic All-Americans

Major Renovation Projects:  2012-2020 (selected projects, not inclusive of ongoing repairs)

  • Pedestrian Bridge over Bell Highway
  • University Blvd Entrance:
    • Nat Stetson Circle
    • “SPIRIT Fountain”
  • New “Achievement” Gates and fencing
  • Master Plan, Updated
  • Penland Updates and HVAC System
  • Humanities Building Interior Renovations
  • Outdoor FirePlace Patio, Student Activity Center
  • Commuter Lounge, Student Activity Center
  • Naming of Campus Roads and New Campus Building and Directional Signs
  • Starbucks and new Starbucks Patio
  • Bookstore Renovations
  • Repurposing Existing Maintence Building for Aiken Scholars Academy and USCA offices (2021)
  • Patio and Gardens in honor of the Salley Family
  • Business and Education Building Renovations
  • Gregg Graniteville Learning Commons
  • Convocation Center Roof Replacement
  • Ruth Patrick Science Education, Planetarium Renovation
  • Relocation of Maintenance and Auxiliary Services Building (will be completed by end of fall 2020)
  • Renovations and Updates in Housing:
    • New HVAC and tank-less water heaters, Balcony Repairs
    • Gaming Center, Pacer Commons
    • Updates to technology and wireless services
    • Updated fire repression systems
  • Ettheredge Center, Stage Rigging (planned for 2021)
  • Science Building, Vent hood replacement (planned for 2021)
  • Science Department, Greenhouse Constructed, 2015
  • Campus Vegetable Gardens Created, 2014
  • Major Natatorium/pool renovation and upgrades
  • Upgrades to Campus Energy and Building Control Systems
  • Various HVAC life-cycle replacements across campus
  • New 200 Ton Chiller at Convocation Center
  • Comprehensive underground utilities study and documentation for Campus
  • Various campus beautification projects and updates within the Quad, Convocation Center, entrance on College Station Road, and across campus
  • Fine Arts, Kiln Assembly

Chancellor Jordan’s Current and Recent Service

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Board of Directors (SACSCOC) 2012-2017; and Executive Board
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Chair of the Principles Review Committee
  • NCAA Board of Governors, Board Member and Executive Board
  • NCAA Division II, Chair of the President’s Council and Executive Council
  • Peach Belt Conference, Council of Presidents, Chair and Executive
  • South Carolina Women in Higher Education, Board of Directors
  • Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization Board
  • Nuclear Workforce Initiative (NWI) Task Force
  •  United Way of Aiken County Board of Directors
  • North Augusta Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
  • The Strom Thurmond Foundation Board, (legislative appointment)
  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Board of Directors
  • Aiken Rotary Club, member
  • Aiken Corporation, Board of Directors
  • Aiken Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors and Executive Board
  • Southern University Conference (formerly served as President, Vice President, and Sec./Tres)
  • Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, Board of Directors
  • Aiken Symphonic Orchestra, Board of Directors
  • South Carolina Citizens Reuse Organization, Board of Directors (legislative appointment)  
  • Citizens for Nuclear Technology Education, Board.
  • Leadership Development for Presidents and Cabinet Level Positions:
  •  New President’s Academy, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, faculty.
  • Millennium Leadership Institute, American Academic Leadership Institute, mentor.
  • Executive Leadership Academy (and New Provost Leadership Development), AASCU, faculty.
  • UofSC System Leadership Development Program, presenter.

Chancellor Jordan Recognitions

  • Who’s Who Women in South Carolina, 2020, The Community Times.
  • Aiken Standard’s Woman of the Year, 2019
  • James T. Rogers Distinguished Leadership Award from The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), “for extraordinarily distinctive and effective leadership,” 2018.
  • Emerald Award Winner, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc., for service to the community and commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, Aiken Chapter, 2018.
  • Selected as a Riley Diversity Fellow, Furman University, 2017.

Earlier Recognitions

  • Selected for 21st Institute Leadership Program by the American Association of Colleges and Universities (national program), 2009.
  • Governor Deal appointed Dr. Jordan to the state taskforce to create a new model for higher education funding for Georgia, 2010.
  • Governor Patton awarded Dr. Jordan with designation of “Kentucky Colonel,” in recognition of state service, 2003.
  • Governor Patton awarded Dr. Jordan with a Certificate for Contributions to the Arts in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, 2001.
  • Selected as a “Master Teacher” for BACE (Birmingham Area Consortium of Higher Education, 5 universities, five master teachers selected), 1998.
  • Distinguished Teacher Award, College of Fine Arts, University of Montevallo, 1991-1992.
  • Distinguished Teacher Award, College of Fine Arts, University of Montevallo, 1996-1997.
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, 1992- present (President of UM Chapter, 1995-1996 and 1997-1999). Campus Coordinator, Murray State University, 2005-2007.
  • Dr. Jordan has been awarded tenure at several universities: University of Montevallo, 1992; Eastern New Mexico University 1999; Murray State University, 2000; Mississippi University for Women, 2007; Georgia College and State University, 2009; and the University of South Carolina Aiken, 2013. Dr. Jordan holds the rank of Professor at UofSC Aiken.