What is My UofSC Experience?
My UofSC Experience consists of the many experiences both for credit and not for credit that students engage in while at UofSC that complements their major curriculum. Across their undergraduate career, students are encouraged to intentionally explore and engage with all of the opportunities that UofSC offers in order to maximize the impact of their education. These opportunities can include engagement with clubs, attending various events, and more impactful experiential learning opportunities such as practicums and internships, study abroad, research, peer leadership, and service learning. Each student’s records of engagement in experiential opportunities and engaged learning programs is called their My UofSC Experience.
These student engagement records are collected, managed and reported in a supplemental student information system called Beyond The Classroom Matters®. BTCM links student records of involvement in experiential and engaged learning programs to academic records, creating a more comprehensive educational record for each student.
Student & Advisor Access
My UofSC Experience records are now available to students who were new freshmen or new transfers in Fall 2018 and later, and to their advisors. Students can login at my.sc.edu and click on “View My UofSC Experience” under the Academics heading, to see their records in BTCM. The student will see a list of records that comprises the programs and events they’ve completed each term. Each student record is linked to a BTCM catalog entry that describes the educational purpose of the program and the knowledge and skills students practice and apply through their engagement. These additional records are intended to serve as an educational tool to help students reflect on their learning and to guide planning for future purposeful involvement. The information may be useful for advising conversations as it provides a more holistic view of a student’s college experience.
Frequently Asked Questions
Students who were new freshmen or new transfer students in Fall 2018 or later. Their My UofSC Experience records are available to them and to their advisors.
Students have the option to “hide” a record from advisor/other view. Students are encouraged to keep all records visible to their advisor, but students may select “keep this private” for any record; the selected record will not be visible to advisors.
This is a work in progress – courses and programs must submit proposals and be approved for ELO designation; as this occurs, they are added to the BTCM system. Additional Engaged Learning Programs (ELP) that meet the criteria for the BTCM system are systematically being identified and cataloged.
To catalog a program or event in BTCM, the program provider must be able to 1) articulate the program’s educational purpose; 2) describe an intentional program design – how the program engages students – to achieve the purpose; 3) define program completion; 4) monitor student participation/completion, as defined; and 5) assure that the program is delivered as cataloged. ELO-designated programs must meet these and additional criteria. ELOs are approved by a faculty/staff review committee, and include both courses and student leadership programs. ELP programs and events are primarily provided by student affairs and academic support departments.
Implementation of the extended transcript – a university report of a student’s My UofSC Experience records - is planned for Fall 2019; in the meantime, students can print an unofficial report of their BTCM records.
Courses and programs are designated as ELO through a university review/approval process; information about approved experiences is recorded in BTCM. ELO course records in BTCM do not replace academic records of course completion; rather, BTCM records provide supplemental information about students’ experiences (e.g., employer name and location of internships).
Engaged Learning Programs include non-credit, educationally purposeful programs and events that have previously not been centrally documented in university information systems. In BTCM, these programs and events are documented in catalog entries (similar to course syllabus) and student participation is systematically monitored and recorded.