This report summarizes EPIC’s work with the South Carolina Course Alignment Project from 2008 to 2014. In particular, the report highlights best practices in course alignment and professional development activities conducted over the course of the project.
The South Carolina Course Alignment Project was launched by staff at the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, Division of Academic Affairs, to promote their vision for college and career readiness in the state. Over the past six academic years, more than 200 faculty members in high schools, technical colleges, and universities have participated, and the Paired Courses model has been implemented in more than 200 South Carolina classrooms.
Participating faculty members have contributed to annual workshops by advising leaders on content, helping to develop content, and leading discussions. Administrators at participating institutions have supported teaching faculty and advised the SC CAP leaders during workshops and advisory board meetings. Nearly all project participants have contributed to the project goals outside their normal duties, for little to no additional compensation. Why? Because South Carolina instructors see the Paired Courses model as the future of their state educational system. Aligning courses and collaborating with colleagues to change the course of education in the state will ultimately improve the academic and career outcomes of the students they teach.
Authors: Dr. Kristine Chadwick, Dr. Terri Ward, Greg Hopper-Moore