Core Purpose and Values

Core Purpose

  • To pursue and share knowledge through study, inquiry and creation in order to empower the individual and enrich society.

Institutional Core Values


Adherence to the highest ethical standards in all our professional obligations and personal responsibilities

Academic Excellence

Commitment to a dynamic intellectual community, high academic standards, strong academic programs, and a high-quality faculty of engaged and engaging teacher-scholars

Liberal Arts Education

Dedication to a liberal arts and sciences education that encourages intellectual curiosity and fosters each student’s ability to think creatively and analyze, synthesize, apply and communicate knowledge from many sources

Respect for the Individual Student

Devotion to the intellectual, ethical and social development of each student


Commitment to a globally oriented and diverse academic community


Commitment to compassion, mutual trust, respect, civility, collegial shared governance, teamwork and the general welfare of the institution and the individual

Public Mission

Commitment to our social responsibilities and to serving the educational needs of the state of South Carolina and our community

For more information, read the College of Charleston Strategic Plan.