Experience by Design: Developing Collaborative Campus Efforts to Support Student Engagement and Reflection

Monday, November 29, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM


Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511


UofSC is launching a new Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Experience by Design, intended to support all students to be engaged, including the student populations that tend to be less involved in on-campus activities such as study abroad, community service opportunities, and student organizations. Reflecting on these activities is important so that students can understand how experiences connect to personal, academic, and professional goals. Experience by Design will be implemented on the Columbia campus as well as the four Palmetto College campuses of Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter, and Union. Presenters will provide an overview of Experience by Design and highlight the efforts of TRIO programs to support Pell-eligible students to be meaningfully engaged beyond the classroom and to reflect on these experiences. This session will provide opportunities for participants to share how they currently support various student populations in addition to providing a review of available campus resources designed to help increase beyond the classroom engagement and reflection.


This workshop is an elective session for a certificate of completion in Integrative and Experiential Learning.


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Althea Counts
TRIO Programs

Althea Counts is the TRIO Director at the University of South Carolina. She has worked with first-generation college students for over 20 years. She earned her Masters in Student Personnel Services from the University of South Carolina and has dedicated her professional career to seeing first-generation students achieve the goal of a college degree. She has presented at state, regional and national conferences on topics related to best practices in serving first-generation college students.

Amber Fallucca
Associate Director
Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning

Amber Fallucca serves as the Director of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) and Associate Director of the Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning. She leads the assessment initiatives aligned with the Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning, including Graduation with Leadership Distinction, and provides support for office and campus-based initiatives. Fallucca also holds an Affiliate Faculty role in the College of Education with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policies.

Lara Ducate
Faculty Executive Director, Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning

Professor, Languages, Literature and Cultures

Lara Ducate is the Faculty Executive Director of the Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning and a Professor of German and Applied Linguistics in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. She regularly teaches the capstone Graduation with Leadership Distinction integrative learning course for the Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning and strives to incorporate integrative learning techniques into all of her courses, including study abroad, to help students make connections between their in and out of the classroom experiences. Her research interests include teacher education, intercultural learning, study abroad, service learning, integrative learning, and incorporating sustainability into the curriculum.