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Academic Affairs Division Description

Academic Affairs Division Description

Dr. John Lane
Director of Academic Affairs

For purposes of assuring quality, accountability, and effectiveness in public institutions of higher education, the Division of Academic Affairs on a continuing basis:

  • Reviews and approves all institutional mission statements.
  • Provides the conduit for Southern Regional Education Board cooperation with the Academic Common Market Programs, and the Electronic Campus of SREB.
  • Reviews and approves all new academic program proposals.
  • Conducts periodic reviews of existing four-year undergraduate programs of study.
  • Administers state-funded competitive grants programs (e.g., Centers for Economic Excellence and the South Carolina Teaching Scholarship Grant Program.)
  • Administers federally-funded, state-administered grants, such as the Improving Teacher Quality Higher Education grants program.
  • Staffs the Governor's Professor of the Year program; the Commission's Service Learning Award; the Deans' Committee on Medical Education; and a variety of interagency task forces.
  • Provides policy research and disseminates annual reports on critical issues in public higher education. 
  • Licenses qualified in-state and out-of 'state higher education proprietary institutions and out-of-state public and private eleemosynary institutions.   
  • Promotes with all the state's public and private institutions and the state library a plan to develop and sustain a statewide higher education electronic library with a  union catalog, significant full-text databases, and interlibrary loan features.
  • Works to build institutional capacity and public interest in disciplinary areas of high need (e.g., healthcare and teacher education).

For additional information please contact:

Dr. John Lane
Director of Academic Affairs 
1122 Lady Street, Suite 300
Columbia, S.C. 29201-3245

Ph: (803) 737-0141
Email:jlane@che.sc.gov

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