System Affairs and Extended University
Sally Boyd, Assistant Vice Provost
Extended University Programs
Extended University Programs are designed for students who need courses at convenient sites and times compatible with their jobs or other schedule restrictions. Undergraduate courses are offered for regular academic credit through the Evening Program, Fort Jackson Program, and Weekend Program. For further information about these programs, contact the offices described below.
Adult Student Services
Supporting the academic courses, the Adult Student Services Office provides information and assistance as follows:
Advisement. This office provides academic advisement for continuing education (undergraduate, nondegree seeking) students. This office also offers adult students information concerning admission, registration, course selection, financial aid, career planning, academic assessment, placement/proficiency testing in math and foreign languages, and other campus services.
Orientation. Orientation is available for newly admitted adult students prior to the beginning of each semester.
Scholarships. Incentive scholarships are available to adult students beginning their college careers. Continuing education scholarships are available to currently enrolled adult students to assist them in earning degrees.
Adult Student Advancement Program. The Adult Student Advancement Program is for students age 25 or older who will benefit from special academic assistance before choosing or being admissible to a degree program. Students are limited to a maximum of 30 hours in this program.
For information concerning any of the areas listed above please call 803-777-9446.
The Evening Program offers a wide range of undergraduate courses. A number of undergraduate degrees may be earned taking evening classes only. Semester-long courses generally meet twice per week (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday) for 1-1/4 hours, beginning either at 5:30 or 7 p.m. Accelerated sessions (fall I and II; spring I and II) generally meet twice per week for 2-3/4 hours over a term of approximately seven weeks. For further information, call 803-777-8155.
The Weekend Program offers a variety of undergraduate credit courses on Saturdays. Some classes meet for five hours every other Saturday over a 16-week semester; some meet for 2-1/2 hours every Saturday for eight weeks; and some meet for 2 1/2 hours every week. For further information, call 803-777-8155.
Palmetto Programs, housed in the Division of System Affairs and Extended University, is an umbrella through which Regional Campuses students have broader access to baccalaureate-level opportunities.
Palmetto Programs was created to enable place-bound students to complete selected baccalaureate degrees without leaving the Regional Campuses. The use of a combination of live instruction and delivery through technology provides baccalaureate-level courses to students whose family or employment obligations prevent them from relocating to complete a degree.
Faculties from Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter, and Union, as well as Extended University in Columbia, use two-way interactive video to teach students at multiple sites simultaneously. This delivery mechanism gives students access to many more course options than are available live on their campuses.
Fort Jackson Program
The USC Fort Jackson Program is designed for and awards Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees to active-duty military personnel (all branches), their family members, Department of Defense civilian employees, National Guard members, reservists, and veterans. Civilians, including Columbia-campus students, are welcome to take courses on a space-available basis, but they may not earn these associate degrees.
Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A.I.S.)
System Affairs and Extended University also manages the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A.I.S.) awarded by the College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management. For more information about the program visit Interdisciplinary Studies, B.A.I.S. (College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management) .
System Affairs and Extended University
Associate Degree Programs at Fort Jackson