There are over 20 Centers of Excellence sponsored by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. Three of those centers are at USC Aiken: Educational Technology (CEET); Advancement of Rural, Under-Performing Schools (CERUPS); and Middlelevel Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching (CE MIST).

The purpose of the centers of excellence grant program is to enable eligible institutions or groupings of institutions, to serve as "state-of-the-art" resource teacher preparation programs. These "resource centers" develop model programs, conduct research, disseminate information, and provide training for K-12 and higher education personnel in the center's specific area of expertise. Center activities must focus on pre-service preparation programs but include staff development activities as well. Typical activities include:

  • developing model pre-service training programs for other institutions of higher education to emulate;
  • developing innovative school pilot projects;
  • conducting statewide school-based and campus-based faculty development activities;
  • conducting research and evaluation activities;
  • serving as a state (and/or regional and national) clearinghouse for information dissemination;
  • providing demonstration, outreach, and technical assistance programs for schools and institutions of higher education as requested.

Projects are funded at substantial levels by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education with matching institutional and/or external funding. Projects are approved for two years. Upon completion of the first year, an annual program and financial report is required by the Commission on Higher Education.

Center Contact Location Established
Mobile Learning Dr. Ben Deaton
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Anderson University 2013
The Citadel STEM Center of Excellence Glenda P. La Rue
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The Citadel 2013
English Language Learners (ELL) Professional Development Dr. Nan Li
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Claflin 2011
Retain and Empower Teachers through Action, Innovation and Networking

Dr. Cindy Johnson-Taylor
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Newberry College

2010

Inquiry in Mathematics and Science

Dr. Bob Horton
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Dr. Jeff Marshall
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Clemson 2008
Middle-level Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching Dr. Gary J. Senn
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USC Aiken 2008
Advancement of New Literacies in Middle Grades Dr. Paula Egelson
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Dr. Mary Provost
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College of Charleston 2006
Adolescent Literacy and Learning

Dr. Victoria Ridgeway Gillis
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Clemson 2005
Preparing Teachers of Children of Poverty Dr. Tammy Pawloski
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Francis Marion University 2004
Collaborative Learning Dr. Cynthia Bolton-Gary
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USC Beaufort 2004
Advancement of Rural, Under-Performing Schools Dr. Jeff Priest
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USC Aiken 2003
Engineering and Computing Education Dr. Jed S. Lyons
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USC Columbia 2003
Education and Equity of African-American Students Dr. Gloria Boutte
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Benedict College 2002
Early Childhood Professional Development Dr. Linda C. Hutchinson
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Dr. Elsbeth L. Brown
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Winthrop University
USC Columbia
2000
Study of Standards-Based Educational Reform Dr. Lance Bedwell
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Coastal Carolina 1999
SC Earth Physics Project Dr. Thomas J. Owens
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Dr. John R. Carpenter
USC Columbia 1999
Instructional Technology Training Dr. Chris Peters
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Clemson 1998
Educational Technology Dr. Gary J. Senn
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USC Aiken 1997
Geographic Education Dr. Jerry T. Mitchell
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USC Columbia 1996
Accelerating Learning Dr. Christine Finnan
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College of Charleston 1995
Rural Special Education Dr. Margaret Emery
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Clemson 1993
Assessment of Student Learning Dr. Robert Johnson
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Dr. Therese M. Kuhs
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USC Columbia 1992
Composition Dr. Gilbert Hunt
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Coastal Carolina 1991
Foreign Language Education Dr. A. L. Prince Furman with USC Spartanburg 1990
Special Education Technology Dr. Cheryl A. Wissick
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USC Columbia 1990
Mathematics and Science Education Calvin L. Williams
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Clemson 1987