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UofSC Board of Trustees holds December meeting

The university’s Board of Trustees met Tuesday (Dec. 14). Here’s a roundup of actions they took.

Board approves gift of rare Third Folio

A Third Folio of Shakespeare’s plays printed in 1664 now has a permanent home at University of South Carolina Libraries. The book, a gift from Chicago attorney Jeffery Leving, along with the university’s copies of the Second and Fourth folios, will provide a rare opportunity for students, faculty and other researchers.

Academic programs added, modified

Across several system institutions, academic changes were approved by the Academic Excellence and Student Experience Committee and the full board. At UofSC Columbia:

  • Three new programs were approved: a B.A. in Special Education in the College of Education, a Postbaccalaureate Certificate in International Market Development in the Darla Moore School of Business and a Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Interscholastic Athletic Administration in the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sports Management.
  • Twelve programs were modified: in the Moore School, a concentration in Sustainability in Business was added to the B.S.B.A. programs in Accounting, Business Economics, Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing, Operations and Supply Chain, Real Estate and Risk Management and Insurance; in the College of Engineering and Computing, the addition of a 3+2 degree pathway with Columbia College; the addition of concentrations in Design and Technology and Performance to the B.A. in Theatre in the College of Arts and Sciences; and the addition of the Accelerated Pre-Medicine concentration to the Baccalaureus Artium et Scientae in the South Carolina Honors College and the School of Medicine Columbia.
  • A dual degree program was established between the College of HRSM and the Moore School, creating the Master in Sport and Entertainment Management and Master of Business Administration combination degree.
  • Three programs were approved for 100% online delivery: the M.P.H. in Epidemiology in the Arnold School of Public Health, the P.M.B.A. program in the Moore School and the M.A.T. in Elementary Education in the College of Education.
  • The College of Nursing’s Cancer Survivorship Center was formally recognized and had its name changed to the Cancer Survivorship Research Center.
  • The Center for Digital Humanities was folded into the College of Arts and Sciences’ Humanities Collaborative.
  • Four articulation agreements were approved: the College of Engineering and Computing with Coker University in partnership with the SC Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics; the College of Education with Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College for B.A. in Early Childhood Education, B.A. in Elementary Education, and B.A. and B.S. in Middle Level Education; the College of Arts and Sciences with Piedmont Technical College for B.S. in Cardiovascular Technology; and the College of Engineering and Computing with South Carolina State University for M.S., M.E. and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering.

At USC Beaufort:

  • The B.S. in Public Health was modified to add a B.A. option.
  • The M.S. in Computational Science was approved for 100% online delivery as well as for being offered at the Hilton Head Island campus.

At USC Upstate:

  • The B.A. in Computer Information Systems was modified to eliminate the Networking and Information Security concentration and the System Analysis concentration areas of focus and to allow a more seamless degree completion path for students who transfer from Spartanburg Community College.

Additionally, three faculty members at UofSC Columbia and three at USC Upstate received honorary academic titles. At UofSC Columbia, 27 tenure & promotion recommendations and one hire with tenure were also approved, as well as 10 honorary degree candidates.

Contracts and projects approved

On Dec. 9, the Finance and Infrastructure committee advanced two projects, which were approved by the board on Dec. 12:

  • Phase one of the development of a 300-acre parcel into intramural recreation fields, which will include four to five fields, a roadway and restroom facilities;
  • and the replacement of the War Memorial building roof ahead of a more comprehensive renovation of the building.

Two contracts also received the green light from the Governance committee and the full board:

  • A four-year software licensing agreement between Panopto Inc. and the Division of Information Technology, which will provide the USC System with access to lecture recording, screen casting and video content management software to be used in an e-learning environment;
  • and a three-year digital library agreement between the School of Law and LexisNexis, which would provide the Law Library and patrons an electronic license to treatises and statutory code collections.

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