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Philosophy of Education

MUSC’s tripartite mission includes preparing future professionals to be effective and compassionate leaders in the healthcare industry, including careers as practitioners, scientists, and administrators.

MUSC achieves its academic mission through the work of six colleges: (1) College of Dental Medicine; (2) College of Graduate Studies; (3) College of Health Professions; (4) College of Medicine; (5) College of Nursing; and (6)  College of Pharmacy.  Students in each of these colleges are provided formalized opportunities to learn from each other thereby fostering inter professional relationships and teamwork, skills that are increasingly necessary in clinical practice, research, and healthcare management.  The academic programs focus on teaching students in a way that utilizes state-of-the-art technology and pedagogical methods to best support students’ learning. The University provides a learning environment characterized by mutual respect, inclusion, and collegiality to promote students' academic success, professional growth, and overall well-being.

MUSC’s overarching mission is to preserve and optimize human life in South Carolina and beyond. Thus, in addition to providing learners an excellent education, a supportive learning environment, and opportunities for interprofessional collaboration, MUSC also encourages students to participate in service learning and volunteer activities during their training. There is substantial institutional support through infrastructure to promote students’ volunteerism and service learning interests.

To accomplish excellence in its educational mission, MUSC relies on both decentralized and centralized processes.  Over half the degrees the university confers must be accredited by professional accrediting agencies which dictate profession-specific competencies that must be taught, so academic programs and colleges themselves have a high degree of autonomy to enable them to teach these competencies. At the same time, all of the academic programs engage in annual, systematic, standardized program assessment, which includes both programmatic outcomes (e.g., graduation rate; student satisfaction) and student learning outcomes. This assessment allows program directors and participating faculty to determine what modifications might be made to further enhance students’ learning and success. By engaging in continuous quality improvement in our educational mission, MUSC faculty and staff model what the institution attempts to promote in its students--the desire and knowledge to be a lifelong learner.

Last Published with EditsAugust 3, 2017 10:26 AM
Last Comprehensive Review:August 2016
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