College of Charleston Mission Statement
The College of Charleston is a state supported, comprehensive institution providing a high quality education in the arts and sciences, education and business. Consistent with its heritage since its founding in 1770, the College retains a strong liberal arts undergraduate curriculum. Located in the heart of historic Charleston, it strives to meet the growing educational demands primarily of the Lowcountry and the state and, secondarily, of the Southeast. A superior quality undergraduate program is central to the mission of the College.
The College of Charleston seeks applicants capable of successfully completing degree requirements and pays particular attention to identifying and admitting students who excel academically. The College of Charleston serves a diverse student body from its geographical area and attracts students from national and international communities. The College provides students a community in which to engage in original inquiry and creative expression in an atmosphere of intellectual freedom. This community, founded on the principles of the liberal arts tradition, provides students the opportunity to realize their intellectual and personal potential and to become responsible, productive members of society.
In addition to offering a broad range of baccalaureate degree programs, the College currently provides an increasing number of masters’ degree programs, which are compatible with the community and the state. As a prominent component of the state's higher education system, the College encourages and supports research, its faculty are important sources of knowledge and expertise for the community, state, and nation. Additionally, the College provides an extensive credit and non-credit continuing education program and cultural activities for residents of the Lowcountry of South Carolina.
This Mission Statement (also called the Statement of
Purpose) has been approved or revised by the
Board of Trustees of the College of Charleston on
March 12, 1986; January 16, 1991, February 15,
1994; and on July 13, 2006.
Athletic Department Mission Statement
The core purpose of the College of Charleston Athletic Department is to provide each student-athlete the opportunity to maximize his or her potential as an individual, as a teammate and as a citizen while supporting the mission of the College of Charleston.
Our goals are to:
- assist each student-athlete in developing his/her full potential;
- promote academic success and graduation;
- pursue competitive excellence;
- operate with integrity; and
- bring positive recognition to the College of Charleston
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
The Association, through its members, strives to maintain intercollegiate athletics as an integral part of the student-athlete's total educational experience. The NCAA also stands for good conduct in intercollegiate athletics and serves as the college's national athletics accrediting agency.
Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Mission Statement
The Colonial Athletic Association is a product of its member institutions, which as a group, strives to enhance the individual efforts and interests of its member institutions.
In return, as an equal partner, each institution is obligated to make the requisite commitment to achieve the common goal.
The Conference will stress the role of intercollegiate athletics within the educational framework of the institution. In this regard, academic considerations will receive top priority in conference decisions.
Student-athletes have the right to regularly prepare for and attend classes and final examinations without significant interruption from athletic participation. Each conference member will adopt and adhere to policies, which respect the academic priority of its student-athletes.
The Conference will support a quality broad-based championship program that accommodates the diverse interests and abilities of our student bodies. Toward this end, the Conference recognizes the full participation by all eligible institutions and student-athletes as a top priority.
The determination of a champion(s) in each Conference sport is a historic and valuable function of the Conference. The Conference championship represents the culmination of each season’s competitive efforts for the vast majority of CAA student-athletes. The student-athletes’ participation in the determination of the Conference champion shall reflect the high value the Conference places on these events.