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South Carolina, a predominately rural state, suffers from severe teacher shortages. The state’s struggles, unfortunately, are not anomalous; rather, they are emblematic of a larger problem: teacher recruitment and retention in rural areas. 

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teacher shortages in the education workforce

Mitigating teacher shortages across the country is going to require innovative solutions and collaboration among education stakeholders including teachers, school leaders, legislative bodies and concerned citizens.

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Freedom’s Lawmakers: Black Leadership During Reconstruction


A three-week summer institute (July 5 - 25, 2020) for 25 K-12 educators on the impact and legacy of black elected officials during Reconstruction. The institute will include lectures and discussions and individual consultations between participants and faculty on the University of South Carolina campus, and field trips to museums, historic cemeteries, libraries, and archives in Columbia, Charleston, and St. Helena Island.

The institute is hosted by the Center for Innovation in Higher Education in partnership with the School of Law at the University of South Carolina, Penn Center in Beaufort, SC, and the South Carolina Historical and is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

More information, including applications materials, will be posted here in October, 2019. Contact Christian K. Anderson, project director, at with inquiries.


CIHE Receives NEH Grant for Public Humanities Project



The Center for Innovation in Higher Education (CIHE) is pleased to announce that we are the recipient of a National Endowment for Humanities award for a project titled Free and Equal: The Promise of Reconstruction in America.  The center in partnership with local organizations in Beaufort County and a team of national experts and historians worked together to bring the project to the implementation phase.  Interim Center Director Dr. Rose Ylimaki is the Primary project Investigator and will work with the project team to implement a successful project. The Beaufort County partners are: Historic Penn Center Inc, The Town of Port Royal, The City of Beaufort, Historic Brick Church, The Mitcheville Project, Grand Army Hall of the Republic, The National Park Service and others. Dr. Eric Foner is the project historian.

The First Step

The NEH grant provides funding for phase one of a project that includes four formats: A mobile app with immersive audio storytelling; an exhibition type website, a brochure and guide map and an interactive kiosk for awareness and setup.  Free and Equal will offer visitors a compelling narrative of the country’s key historical Reconstruction themes, in essence telling the story of the “Second Founding” of the nation. 

Building on phase one with this NEH funding, future plans in Phase Two will feature a Reconstruction Interpretative Center as well as traveling exhibits to extend the initial public history project.

 This project allows the center to expand the learning of  Reconstruction history by focusing on  summer institutes and courses for K-12 educators, doctoral students, visiting scholars at Penn Center, and an annual conference on democracy, education, the renewing of the second founding and the Port Royal Experiment.