任务: 斯帕坦堡 卫理公会大学 is a private residential institution offering associate and baccalaureate degrees within the United Methodist Connection. 在SMC, 生活是以价值观为导向的, student-centered atmosphere in the Christian tradition that encourages academic excellence, 知识的探索, 社会意识, and character development within the liberal arts tradition.
The academic program offers students the option of transferring to a four-year college or university for continued study or entering a career after graduation. The curriculum ranges from the basic liberal arts and transfer program to preparation for immediate entry into the job market through career track and baccalaureate degree options. The College offers to a wide variety of students the opportunity of higher education by providing a competent and dedicated 教师, 远程学习选择, 金融援助, 勤工助学岗位, 以及特殊支持项目.
愿景: 斯帕坦堡 卫理公会大学 will be the college of choice for residential or commuting students who desire the advantages of a church-related education. We will offer motivated students a liberal arts education in preparation for lifelong learning through relevant and challenging academic programs, 校园领导机会, 强大的运动项目. We will do this in an environment of community and caring, where each student is respected as an individual with unique needs and is encouraged to achieve his or her fullest potential.
1. Continue our ethic of teaching, learning, and caring.
2. Recruit, retain, empower, and reward highly qualified 教师 and 工作人员.
3. Improve facilities for academic, athletic, and student life.
4. Grow the institutional endowment to enhance student access through improved student aid opportunities.
指导原则: We value the following principles in pursuit of our vision:
- 成就 in all areas of endeavor – academic, athletic, leadership, and social.
- 完整性 in all our dealings – with students, 家庭, one another, and all other constituents.
- 服务 for the greater good – remaining true to our history and heritage, 学院向学生伸出援手, 家庭, 校友与社会共同丰富生活.
斯帕坦堡 卫理公会大学 was founded as Textile Industrial Institute in 1911 by Dr. David English Camak, a visionary Methodist minister. 以勤工俭学合作社的形式成立, TII served young adults working in area textile mills by offering high school level courses in preparation for advanced education or employment. In this first cooperative education program in the country, students worked a week and then took classes for a week. This arrangement enabled the school to provide resources for education and for life.
In 1927, the first two years of college-level work were added to the curriculum to provide graduates with an associate degree in liberal arts for transfer to senior level colleges. The continued relationship between TII and local business and industry led to the development of associate degrees that prepared students for immediate employment.
In 1940, the high school classes were dropped from the TII curriculum. In 1942, Textile Industrial Institute became 斯帕坦堡 Junior College and for the next twenty-five years focused its efforts on providing associate degrees designed for transfer into a wide variety of bachelor degree programs. 从1965年开始, the College began a cycle of growth during which over three-fourths of the present campus buildings were erected or renovated, 课程得到扩大和加强, student enrollment doubled and new expertise was added through 教师 growth and development.
In 1974, 斯帕坦堡 Junior College became 斯帕坦堡 卫理公会大学.
自成立以来, the College has been affiliated with the mission work of the United Methodist Church and its forbearer, 卫理公会圣公会, 南. The relationship between the College and the church has continued across the years through the General Board of Global Ministries and the Board of Global Ministries of the 南 Carolina Annual Conference. The College's name attests to the pride the institution's trustees, 教师, 工作人员, and student body take in working and studying at a college based on the traditional values of the church and the United States of America.
今天, 斯帕坦堡 卫理公会大学 serves a highly diverse student body from several states, as well as from various countries around the world. The College seeks to serve the educational needs of its student body by enabling each student to meet the challenges of a technologically based future. 斯帕坦堡 卫理公会大学 offers a variety of educational programs to suit both the needs of the traditional college student and of the non-traditional working adult.
The college is led by a Board of Trustees comprising 24 members, 有6名神职人员和18名俗人. 期限以三年为基础错开. Scott Cochran has served as the College's eighth president since November 16, 2015.