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Office of System Planning


About

The Office of System Planning was established by the Board of Trustees in February 2015. Headed by the Vice President for System Planning, the mission of the office is to work closely with system leadership to to facilitate USC’s commitment to excellence in teaching, research and community engagement. 

The Office of System Planning provides a nexus for cooperation and planning between and among campuses. The office facilitates the implementation of shared goals across the University of South Carolina system. It is our mission to collaborate with all campuses to enhance access, facilitate students' progress and persistence, advance learning and support community engagement.

 

Advancing Our Mission

The Office of System Planning:

Supports the efficient and effective exchange of information between campuses.

We:

  • identify best practices and transmit knowledge between campuses
  • support the collection and exchange of data
  • enhance public awareness of the system and each of its campuses
  • maintain content on system website
  • seek opportunity for collaboration among faculty across the system

Represent system interests to the Board of Trustees, USC system offices and the State Legislature.

We:

  • lobby for consistent attention to system matters
  • highlight unique strength and character of each campus
  • advocate for system needs and policies
  • provide on-the-spot troubleshooting for legal, financial, human resources, data and academic program issues

Supports the attainment of system-wide enrollment goals.

We:

  • continue to improve access to the system for all South Carolinians
  • promote persistence to graduation
  • provide clear transfer pathways between campuses
  • respond to industry requirements while maintaining academic rigor
  • promote innovative solutions to academic needs, including distributed learning and online degrees
  • foster internal and external partnerships

Serves as President's designee for system-level policy and procedure.

We:

  • review university policies
  • authorizing system-wide policies
  • review academic affairs materials

Seeks additional support for system-level initiatives.

We:

  • pursue opportunities for new federal, state and private funding
  • identify successful academic or administrative programs in other university systems with potential replicability in South Carolina

 

Office of System Planning