USC Coordinating Office for Community Engagement and Service (COCES)
The Carolina LifeSong Initiative provides piano lessons and music experiences for students with autism and other special needs. This unique program is the result of the work of Dr. Scott Price - a leading figure in the piano pedagogy field.
For over 12 years, Dr. Price has worked to develop specialized piano pedagogy approaches for these students, and has created a teacher training course for advanced graduate students.
The USC Coordinating Office for Community Engagement and Service (COCES) has been established as a central coordinating portal through which faculty, staff, students, and those external to the campus can enhance their current community engagement and service activities as well as provide guidance and assistance in initiating new activities.
The University describes community engagement as opportunities to partner with our various communities for the mutual benefit of both. This benefit typically involves a reciprocal exchange of knowledge and resources, and leads to activities and initiatives that can address significant societal issues that ultimately contribute to the public good.
Various types of community-engaged activities serve integrally-related functions, including the enhancement of teaching and learning, research, scholarship, and creative activities. There are a number of USC offices and programs that work with the COCES to help enhance the university’s engagement and service efforts.
COCES is responsible for:
- Facilitating the scope and depth of university engagement and service efforts
- Serving as an initial point of contact for faculty, staff, and external parties who wish to either enhance their current engagement and service initiatives or develop new partnerships.
- Documenting and making available to the university’s various publics the impact of its community engagement and service efforts.
- Assisting in developing reward and recognition structures and standards for faculty, staff, and student participation in community engagement and service, including such for departmental criteria for promotion and tenure
News from the COCES
Check out the COCES Facebook page for weekly updates from COCES!"
COCES Knowledge Maps
Community engagement and service programs have been clustered into 15 areas, each representing a significant area of emphasis. These Knowledge Maps provide useful information to our various constituents as well as enable our faculty and staff to enhance current and initiate new interdisciplinary engagement initiatives.
Statewide Community Engagement
COCES wishes to thank Wm. Lynn Shirley from the Department of Geography who used data from the 2012-2013 Faculty Community Engagement Survey to develop an interactive map that provides a visual accounting of the extent of our community engagement activities in the State of South Carolina.
The 2013 Carolina Nexus Bus Tour took place between May 13th and May 16th with stops at a number of places of interest in the Low Low County, Low Country, and the Midlands. Nexus participants visited USC-Salkehatchie with its Topper Geological Site Exhibit, met with Mayor Billy Keyserling in Historic Beaufort, toured the Penn Center school, heard a presentation by Mayor Joe Riley at the Charleston City Hall Chambers, visited Boeing in North Charleston, dialogued with Dr. Cleveland Sellers and author Jack Webb at the site of the Orangeburg Massacre, interacted with faculty and students at Horrell Hill Professional Development School in Hopkins, and participated in a tour of Shaw Air Force Base and Third Army Central Command.
A select number of photographs from the tour serve to highlight some of the participantsí experiences.
- Dean Ann Carmichael welcoming the crew to USC-Salkehatchie
- Learning about Clovis Man from Professor Al Goodyear.
- : A favorite stop for education folk.
- Mayor Keyserling extolling the virtues of Beaufort.
- Sitting in the lap of luxury.
- Historian Rick Hatcher provides a briefing at Fort Sumter.
- Mayor Riley in the historic Charleston City Hall Chambers.
- If only we could REALLY take off.
- Meat and three sides at the Brown Derby.
- Cleveland Sellers and Jack Bass at the site of the Orangeburg Massacre.
- : When I pull on this green bag, all of the oxygen goes out of this test chamber!
COCES Community Engagement Survey
The COCES has recently developed an on-line survey to obtain information about university community engagement and service initiatives. Results of the survey produced some interesting findings
COCES Leadership Council
The 2011-2012 COCES Leadership Council, comprising a number of USC faculty members and staff, was charged with helping to address a number of questions related to an operational plan of action for the Coordinating Office for Community Engagement and Service. Two concept papers were submitted: one focusing on proposed functions and structure of the Office and the other on recognition and reward structures for faculty involved in community-engaged scholarship initiatives.