USC’s Caslen visits SoFlo
High school is part of national iLEAD initiative on education
University of South Carolina President Robert Caslen visited South Florence High School last week, talking to faculty members and teachers before touring classrooms and visiting with students.
The visit was made as part of iLEAD, a national education initiative. iLEAD, which stands for improvement, leadership, education and development, is sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation.
South Florence is one of twelve schools from across the nation to participate in the initiative.
Caslen said he hopes to strengthen the partnership between USC and the state’s public high schools.
“I really want to reach out into our high schools, as a flagship university, to be able to enable them and partner with them and see what we can do to help them increase the path from high school to higher education,” Caslen said.
In speaking on the impact the initiative has had at South Florence, Principal Kimberly Mack said it has taken some time to see results.
“It was slow at first,” said Mack. “This year we are seeing some of its influence. It’s still a work in process, to be honest.”
Caslen also spoke with administrators and teachers on ways to better inspire students to pursue higher education and on parental involvement in choosing a course of secondary education.
Caslen said his intention is not to persuade students who might be considering other universities to choose USC, but to motivate them to pursue higher education no matter where they chose to attend