HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- The most important accomplishments of the past year at Coker College are those of our faculty, staff and especially our students.

Here are 10 highlights. …

Support from national organizations

  • National Science Foundation STEM scholars: Coker is a lead institution in a six-college collaboration that has been awarded a $4.5 million grant from the NSF. A cohort of Coker biology majors will receive more than $400,000 in scholarships.
  • Teagle Foundation Liberal Arts and the Professions: In February, the Teagle Foundation announced an award of $300,000 to Coker and three partner schools. Over the next three years, we will deploy those funds to support our faculty as they work to see that Coker business graduates are prepared with key skills in writing, communication and cross-disciplinary thinking.
  • >American College Dance Association: The Coker dance program hosted the ACDA Southeast Regional Conference in March. This prestigious selection affirmed Coker’s status as one of the premier small-college dance programs in the Southeast. Additionally, it meant that more than 400 students and faculty members spent four days in Hartsville.

Community connections

  • GSSM Accelerate Program: Thanks to the cooperative and collaborative approach of the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, Coker and GSSM agreed to a five-year partnership supporting the Accelerate program, which makes the GSSM curriculum and dual enrollment opportunities available to students from across the state. All aspects of the program are now hosted in Hartsville.
  • A campus open to its community: Coker just hosted the second Community Easter Eggstravaganza, with 12,000 eggs and hundreds of children. In recent weeks, the college schedule included recitals, plays, matches, games and other family-friendly opportunities.

New and renewed programs

  • What’s new in athletics: This fall, Coker will be one of approximately 60 colleges and universities competing in collegiate eSports, a fast-growing field that has been featured by dozens of national publications.
  • What’s back in athletics: Field hockey is returning to Coker.
  • Master of Science in Management and Leadership: Coker launched its fifth graduate program in 2017-18. The MSML meets a need that can be applied to a wide range of jobs.
  • Cobras in the Capital: We launched a program to send the entire freshman class to Washington, D.C., for three days, making Coker one of a just a few schools providing such an experience.
  • Access Coker: This fall, every traditional Coker freshman will be assigned a new iPad Pro. Learning can be enhanced when every student has equitable access to technology.

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