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Sustainability Literacy – That's Our QEP

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Quality Enhancement Plan

A Message from the Sustainability Literacy Institute Director

and the College of Charleston President

All of those involved with the Sustainability Literacy Institute stand in support of the below statement from President McConnell, issued on 10.30.2017, in regards to allegations of racially inappropriate actions by a small group of CofC students.  More so, we are in strong agreement with the President’s closing remark: “Racism and intolerance of any kind have no place on our campus – and in our world.”

-Dr. Todd LeVasseur, Director, Sustainability Literacy Institute

Over the weekend, College officials were made aware of a social media post involving one or more members of our campus community that contained a Halloween costume and messaging that was racially insensitive. This whole situation is very painful to many people, and I am extremely disappointed that something like this is connected to our university.

In no way does this behavior reflect our College of Charleston core values, especially as it relates to diversity, community and respect for the individual student. Our education and our campus community are about lifting each other up, not tearing each other down. 

Related to this specific off-campus incident, the College’s Division of Student Affairs and the Department of Public Safety are conducting a full investigation. If we determine that the institution’s student code of conduct or any other college policies have been violated, we will take appropriate action. That being said, federal privacy laws limit the amount of information that can be shared regarding our ongoing investigation and its ultimate outcome.

For those students who have been impacted by this incident or other hurtful experiences, I strongly encourage you to take advantage of several resources on campus:

With Halloween taking place tomorrow, if you plan to celebrate it, I encourage you to think about your party themes and costume choices and the impression they may have on others. If you have the slightest doubt if your costume/party theme is insensitive, be smart and don’t do it.

Racism and intolerance of any kind have no place on our campus – and in our world.


Glenn F. McConnell ’69


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Sustainability Literacy as a Bridge to Addressing 21st-Century Problems

The College's new Quality Enhancement Plan is Sustainability Literacy as a Bridge to Addressing 21st-Century Problems. This is an initiative to endow students with the tools and knowledge they'll need to address 21st-century problems such as climate change, social injustice and economic inequality.

At the College, we acknowledge that our world faces steep challenges, and that these are global in magnitude and complexity. Whether it's diminishing resources, human-induced climate change, economic inequality, or some other pressing concern, our society has arrived at this point precisely because of the way we think and how we behave. If we wish to change both our thinking and our actions, we will first need to change the education we deliver. That is the central notion underpinning the College’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) – Sustainability Literacy as a Bridge to Addressing 21st-Century Problems.

Within this initiative, it is the responsibility of our campus community to provide our students the sustainability literacy they will need to be effective problem solvers for the 21st century.  

Quality Enhancement Plan

Every 10 years, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requires that member institutions be reaffirmed as accredited institutions. In preparing for this reaffirmation process, colleges and universities are required to develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). In our case, the Reaffirmation Leadership Team put out a call for proposals, and from the resulting submissions, selected sustainability literacy as the focus of the College’s QEP. The QEP has five overarching goals, each one related to specific student learning outcomes. 

For additional information about the reaffirmation process, see the website for the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Planning.

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