In early February, I presented to the SC House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Higher Education and Technical Colleges an update on recent activities, current academic programs, and plans for the future at the Lowcountry Graduate Center (LGC). Four members of the SC House of Representatives from across the State serve on this Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Jimmy Merrill of Charleston. Its assessment and recommendations are essential to future funding support of the LGC’s operations as a publicly owned entity.
Several key points were stressed in my remarks to the Legislators, as I pointed out how the LGC:
- Facilitates convenient access to high quality, graduate programs identical to those offered on the main campus of the State’s leading public institutions, through either face-to-face or hybrid instruction.
- Serves working adults in the Lowcountry to meet the identified business, economic, and social needs of the area.
- Utilizes 21st century technology in a state-of-the-art teaching facility to leverage the State’s academic resources in higher education.
- Emphasizes ease of access, on 526 @ I-26, by not being in downtown Charleston.
- Offers support services aimed at student success, including graduation.
- Is focusing substantial effort on more interdisciplinary programs – especially through a collaborative mix of courses from schools – in new, future offerings.
- Increasing our market communications to build awareness in the community of the LGC.
The LGC represents exactly the kind of partnership-building efficiency that higher education needs and South Carolina’s citizens deserve. We continue to pursue the mission as it was conceived by the Charleston Legislative Delegation in 2001. We purposely nurture a collaborative environment across our State to deliver on the promise of SC’s Mandate to Higher Education; namely: to be affordable, to be accessible, and to add value to one’s career, to the workforce, and thus to the region’s economy.
In the 15 months that I have served as Director of the Lowcountry Graduate Center, I have felt uplifted by the genuinely cooperative spirit I have witnessed from colleagues across our State – not just among the LGC’s original consortium members located in Downtown Charleston (The Citadel, the College of Charleston, and MUSC) but also from Clemson University, South Carolina State University, and the University of South Carolina.
If your experience mirrors what I have described, please let YOUR elected officials representing you in Columbia know. And thanks for being part of the growing number of success stories emanating from what takes place at the LGC.
Have a terrific and satisfying Spring Semester with us!
With warm regards,
Nancy Muller, PhD, MBA
Director and Associate Dean