COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
Coastal Carolina University is
a public mid-sized (4,000-6,500 students), comprehensive liberal arts institution
offering baccalaureate degrees in the traditional liberal arts and sciences,
interdisciplinary studies, and professional schools, along with Master's degrees
in several specialized areas. Located in one of the fastest-growing metropolitan
areas in the nation, the campus primarily serves its immediate five-county
area, while honoring its commitment to the citizens of Horry County who founded
the University and continue to provide funding to it. Recognizing its responsibility
to ensure a student population that is diverse both culturally and geographically,
the institution also aggressively recruits statewide, out-of-state, and internationally.
Coastal Carolina is a community
of students and teacher-scholars dedicated to the pursuit of wisdom and goodness
in an environment where intellectual understanding is encouraged, individual
dignity respected, and creativity stimulated. The University seeks to provide
a rational view of the world and human experience through student-centered
participatory learning to help students make intelligent and informed decisions
as free and active citizens in modern society. To this end, the institution
affords opportunities for personal development and provides a common grounding
in the Western intellectual tradition. Anticipated acquired skills and knowledge
include the ability to express oneself effectively both orally and in writing,
to locate and process information, to reason analytically and abstractly,
to interpret and evaluate scientific evidence, to demonstrate competency in
the use of modern technology, and to appreciate accomplishments in the arts.
Attitudes ideally to be developed embrace a sense of ethics, honesty, truth,
and justice, a willingness to accept responsibility for one's own actions
and choices, an appreciation for work and self-discipline, and appreciation
of and desire for lifelong learning, and a respect and tolerance for the ideas,
values, and opinions of others.
As a major intellectual and cultural
center for the Waccamaw region, the University enriches the quality of the
life through the performing and fine arts, community service, external programs,
distance learning, continuing education programs, and the encouragement of
faculty development and research, especially in problem areas that are indigenous.
Recognizing regional needs, the campus provides Master's degrees in several
areas for professional advancement. In its public service role, the institution
is a major resource in the economic and intellectual development of the region,
urging faculty participation on local boards and councils, and providing research
and consulting services to local businesses, non-profit agencies, and governmental
bodies. The University facilitates student participation in the community
through internships, community service, and cooperative learning, as part
of a comprehensive educational experience that renders students competitive
for entry-level jobs or graduate and professional training leading to practical
and productive careers in business, the public service, the professions, and
Toward this accomplishment of its
mission, Coastal Carolina covenants its cooperation with its sister public
institutions, with the public schools, with the business community, and with
elected and appointed officials who are responsible to the voting public for
the oversight and governance of post-secondary education. The University understands
that such cooperation necessarily includes coordination of programs and activities,
along with a duty to use public funding efficiently and effectively to make
its offerings both affordable and accessible. The institution also recognizes
the fact that any public funds appropriated to it must be considered as an
investment in the betterment of society, with the anticipated returns being
an enlightened populace and economic growth.
COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY:
On the evening of July 23, 1954,
a group of citizens met in the Horry County Memorial Library to discuss a
daring proposal - the creation of a local college. The group soon becomes
a non-profit organization, the Coastal Educational Foundation, Inc. Coastal
Carolina Junior College opens September 20, 1954, as a branch of the College
of Charleston. Fifty-three students were enrolled, taught by a handful of
part-time faculty, with classes meeting after hours in Conway High School.
Coastal Carolina Junior College becomes independent when
College of Charleston discontinues its extension program.
Horry County voters approved a referendum that raises taxes
by three mills to provide funding for the college.
The South Carolina General Assembly created the Horry
County Higher Education Commission, a government regulatory
agency to oversee use of Coastal Carolina's county tax money.
The Horry County Higher Education Commission is responsible
for a contract that establishes Coastal Carolina Regional
Campus of the University of South Carolina, effective fall
Members of the Horry County Higher Education Commission
and Coastal Educational Foundation, Inc., agree it is time
to move to a campus suitable for institutional growth. They
select the present site of the University, most of which was
donated by Burroughs Timber Company and International Paper
Company. A major fund-raising drive raised $317,000 for construction.
Ground is broken for the campus and less than a year later
Coastal Carolina's 110 students move into the first campus
building, the Edward M. Singleton Building.
With an idea and a gift from William A. Kimbel and L.
Maud Kimbel, the Atheneum, the campus symbol, is completed.
USC Coastal Carolina College added a junior year; in 1974,
a fourth year is added.
USC Coastal Carolina College awarded its first four-year
Wheelwright Auditorium, the first center for the performing
arts in northeast South Carolina, is dedicated. The $3.1 million
facility is funded almost entirely by private donations, including
a $1.2 million gift from the Kimbel family. The facility is
named for L. Maud Kimbel's maternal grandfather, John Wheelwright,
who was involved with the cotton trade in South Carolina in
the early 1900s.
The first on-campus residence halls opened.
Enrollment reached more than 4,000 students. The number
of full-time faculty increased to 175.
The Campaign for Progress surpassed its goal of $5.5 million
in fewer than five years, spurring growth in capital projects,
the arts, and academic enrichment programs.
On July 23, 1991, the Coastal Educational Foundation,
Inc., and the Horry County Higher Education Commission vote
to seek legislative approval to establish an independent Coastal
Carolina University. USC System President John Palms recommended
to the USC Board of Trustees that Coastal pursue independence
from the University in name and administration. The trustees
adopt President Palms' recommendation in June 1992.
The South Carolina Legislature passed legislation establishing
Coastal Carolina University as an independent, public institution,
effective July 1, 1993. Governor Carroll Campbell signed the
bill during a ceremony at Coastal Carolina on May 14, 1993.
The University's first Board of Trustees met for the first
time July 1, 1993. Ronald R. Ingle was named the University's
first president. Coastal Carolina University began offering
its first graduate programs in education in the fall of 1993.
The E. Craig Wall Sr. School of Business Administration Building
was completed and dedicated in honor of Mr. Wall, who was
one of the University's original founders.
The Eldred E. Prince Building, funded by the Horry County
Higher Education Commission, was completed and dedicated.
New projects included plans for a humanities building, residence
hall/dining facility, athletic administration complex, printing
services facility, and renovations to existing buildings.
The University's first formal Inauguration is held to install
President Ingle. A new 400-bed residence hall and dining facility
is completed for fall 1996 occupancy; the number of students
who live in campus residence halls reached 1,000. President
Ingle unveiled a $68 million campus master plan that will
guide development of the University to the 50th anniversary
of the institution, to be celebrated in the year 2004.
The Board of Trustees adopted A Journey of Excellence,
a plan to guide the University into the next century. The
South Carolina General Assembly approved $11.7 million for
the new Humanities and Fine Arts Building.
The R. Cathcart Smith Science Center was dedicated and
a $2 million campaign to upgrade the facility was announced.
The E. Craig Wall Sr. School of Business Administration gained
accreditation by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools
The South Carolina General Assembly approved the final
funding for the new Humanities and Fine Arts Building. Nobel
Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu visited the campus as part
of the Kimbel Distinguished Lecturer Series. The School of
Education gained accreditation by the National Council for
Accreditation of Teacher Education. The Board of Trustees
approved the sale of revenue bonds to begin construction of
a 350-bed residence hall, expansion of the dining facility,
and University Hall. Football will be added to the intercollegiate
mix in 2003; with football, the University will offer 17 NCAA
Division I intercollegiate programs.
To reflect the growth of academic programs and the maturity
of the institution, the four academic schools of the University
are renamed colleges. The College of Humanities and Fine Arts
is named for Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards. A statewide awareness
campaign bolstered the University's visibility. The University
endowment topped $12 million, reflecting a more than 300 percent
increase since 1993; the total number of donors increases
by 17 percent in the past year.
The largest freshman class in the university's history
boosts enrollment to 4,965 students who represent 47 states
and 50 countries. The average SAT for entering freshmen tops
the national average. New degree programs in Middle Grades
Education, Music, Philosophy, Spanish, and Special Education-Learning
Disabilities are approved. A major construction boom which
increased campus space by 30 percent is highlighted by the
opening and formal dedication of the Thomas W. and Robin W.
Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, the largest building
on campus. A $1.8 million gift from the estate of Rebecca
Randall Bryan marks the largest single cash gift in Coastal's
history. The University brought the Freedom Schooner Amistad
to Georgetown for a two-week stay; more than 16,000 visitors,
including more than 8,000 school children from Horry and Georgetown
counties, tour the ship to learn the Amistad story.
The University Seal
The seal of Coastal Carolina University
designates the founding year of the institution and associates the campus
symbol, the Atheneum, with the coastal locale of the University. Carrying
the Latin motto, Ex Libertate Veritas _ From Liberty, Truth, the seal refers
to the Temple of Athene in ancient Athens where professors and students came
together. The Greek temple was named for Athena, the daughter of Zeus, who
embodies wisdom and reason. The waves at the foot of the Atheneum acknowledge
a diversified coastal environment encompassing a distinctive geography and
history, a vital present and an abundant future. The seal was commissioned
by Trustee Oran P. Smith as a gift to celebrate the July 1, 1993, establishment
of the University as an independent, public institution of higher education.
The University Logo
The identifying symbol of Coastal
Carolina University captures the dynamic and traditional commitment of the
University to teaching and learning. The Atheneum, constructed on the campus
in 1966, is a recognized architectural symbol of a meeting place for persons
engaged in literary and scientific pursuits. In the logo, the Atheneum is
set against an undulating background that captures the energy and unbounded
promise of the institution.
The Presidential Medallion
As symbols of events and affiliations,
medallions in academic regalia can be traced to religious orders during the
Middle Ages. Since many orders, societies and universities used similar designs
_ a circle, cross or an oval _ the detailed artwork in the center of the medallion
was adopted to differentiate each affiliation. Colleges and universities traditionally
use ceremonial and commemorative medallions for formal occasions such as commencements,
convocations and inaugurations, when academic regalia is worn. As part of
the first year of Coastal Carolina's status as an independent University,
the institution's medallion was commissioned in 1994. The installation of
President Ronald R. Ingle on October 22, 1994, was the first time the Coastal
Carolina University Medallion was publicly displayed.
The University Mace
The University mace, the symbol
of the Coastal Carolina University community, attaches significance to important
events of the academic calendar. Commissioned by the Horry County Higher Education
Commission, the mace was designed and crafted by silversmith Alfred D. Ward
and presented to the University in the spring of 1997. The mace is carried
by the senior member of the faculty at the head of the procession during official
convocations of the University. When not being used for convocations, the
mace is on display in the Wall College of Business Boardroom. The three dimensional
48-inch staff is topped with a 22 carat gold-plate model of the campus symbol,
the Atheneum. Modified relief seals of the University and engraved lettering
embellish the sterling silver cup. Supported by a base of solid walnut, the
stem of the mace is adorned with sterling silver shells, reflecting the coastal
location of the University. On the base of the stem is an engraved seal of
the state of South Carolina, representing the University's status as a public
institution. Originally used as weapons during the Middle Ages, maces came
to be symbols of authority and were adopted by officials of English municipalities
by the end of the 16th century. Maces are now used for legislative assemblies,
ecclesiastical processions, and at college and university ceremonies of outstanding
importance, such as commencements.
The Coastal Carolina University
seal and logos are registered and are fully protected trademarks. These images
may be used only for University-approved purposes and may not be modified
in any manner. Unauthorized use of these images is prohibited by law. For
information, call the Office of Marketing and Communications at 843-349-2017
Coastal Carolina University is
located in Conway, South Carolina, nine miles from the Atlantic Ocean resort
of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The campus comprises 41 buildings on 260
acres including the Center for Marine and Wetland Studies in the Atlantic
Center on Highway 501. The University also offers courses from the Coastal
Carolina University Higher Education Center in Myrtle Beach and a campus in
Georgetown, Couth Carolina. Waites Island, 1,062 acres of pristine barrier
island on the Atlantic coast, provides a natural laboratory for extensive
study in marine and wetlands biology.
Kingston Hall (Admissions Building)
The Admissions Building houses
the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, Scholarships and Veteran Affairs,
and the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services and enrollment services
staff. A laundry facility is also housed in this building.
Arcadia Hall (Athletics Administration
The Athletics Administration Building,
completed in 1994, houses the Director of Athletics and the Department of
The University Hall, completed
in 2001, houses the Welcome Center, the School of Continuing Studies and the
Coastal Carolina University Higher
Established in 2001, the Center
is located in Myrtle Square mall, nine miles east of the main campus. Selected
undergraduate courses are offered.
E. Craig Wall, Sr. College of
Business Administration Building
The E. Craig Wall, Sr. Building,
completed in 1993, houses the E. Craig Wall, Sr. College of Business Administration,
the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Mathematics, the Department
of Psychology and Sociology, Information Technology Services, and the Center
for Economic and Community Development.
Edward M. Singleton Building
The Edward M. Singleton Building,
built in 1963, houses the Offices of the President, Provost, Executive Vice
President, Vice President for University Advancement, Registrar, Bursar, the
Honors Program, the Office of Marketing Communications, and the Office of
Grants and Sponsored Research.
Eldred E. Prince Building
The Eldred E. Prince Building,
completed in 1994, houses the classrooms and offices of the Department of
Foreign Languages of the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, the
Waccamaw Center for Cultural and Historical Studies, the Office of Academic
Advising, the Academic Center, the Office of International Programs, Career
Services, Student Employment Services, Career Resource Lab, and the Office
of the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Georgetown Education Center
The Georgetown Education Center,
established in 1984, is located in Georgetown, South Carolina, 45 miles south
of the main campus. Selected undergraduate, graduate, and community interest
courses are offered.
Kearns Hall, completed in 1974,
houses the classrooms and offices of the graduate and undergraduate College
of Education and the Center for Education and Community.
The Kimbel Library, completed in
1977, houses a growing 250,000-volume book and media collection.
Atheneum Hall (Public Safety
Renovated in 1989, this building
houses the Chief of Public Safety and the Department of Public Safety.
R. Cathcart Smith Science Center
The Science Building, completed
in 1982, houses the classrooms, offices, and laboratories of the College of
Natural and Applied Sciences.
The Residence Halls are three separate
complexes consisting of six apartment-style buildings (The Woods), housing
approximately 410 residents, two apartment-style buildings (The Gardens),
housing approximately 90 residents, and another two-building complex (The
Rivers) housing 750 residents. Each apartment in The Woods houses four residents.
Each apartment in The Gardens houses two residents. The apartments in The
Woods and The Gardens are for upperclassmen. The Rivers consists of two buildings,
Waccamaw Hall and Santee Hall. Suites
in The Rivers are traditional style. Waccamaw Hall is open to all residents
while Santee Hall is reserved for freshmen. The Office of Residence Life is
located in Waccamaw Hall 129.
The Student Center, completed in
1978, contains services of the Student Affairs Division, student activities;
meeting rooms and lounges; a game room; some student organization offices;
a snack bar and cafeteria, and a "Cybercorner".
Student Recreation Center
The Student Recreation Center,
completed in 1972 houses a regulation basketball gymnasium and complete physical
education facilities and the offices of the Recreational Services, Basketball
and Volleyball offices, and the Department of Physical Education and Recreation.
A later expansion offers a 25-meter swimming pool, two racquetball courts,
an activities gym, dance studio, and a weight training room.
Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards
College of Humanities and Fine Arts
The Edwards College, completed
in 2001, houses the administrative offices of Humanities and Fine Arts. It
also houses six of the College's seven departments: Arts, English and Journalism,
History, Performing Arts, Philosophy and Religion, and Politics and Geography.
The building features a recital hall, the Edwards Black Box Theater, and the
Rebecca Bryant Art Gallery.
United States Post Office
The US Post Office Contract Station
is located in Room 105 of the Campus Services Building on Founders Drive.
It handles all student mail and mailboxes, intercampus mail, incoming and
outgoing campus mail. It also offers some basic postal services to the community,
such as sale of postage stamps, envelopes and the mailing of packages. It
does not include general box rental or money orders.
The Wheelwright Auditorium, completed in 1981, offers an
800-seat performance facility for the dramatic and performing
arts of the Waccamaw Region.
Coastal Carolina University is
accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: telephone number
404-679-4501) to award the baccalaureate degree and the master's degree.
The College of Education is nationally
accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
(NCATE) and approved by the South Carolina State Board of Education.
The E. Craig Wall Sr. College of
Business Administration is accredited by AACSB International - The Association
to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Coastal Carolina University is
an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools
of Art and Design (NASAD).
Accreditation documents are on
file in the Kimbel Library and may be reviewed in the library upon request.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
(SC Code of Laws 59-103-160)
All candidates interviewed for
University positions will be evaluated on both their written and spoken English
proficiency. Faculty employed will possess adequate written and spoken English
skills so as to be able to deliver instruction in an understandable manner.
Students with specific concerns should schedule a meeting with the immediate
supervisor of the instructor involved.