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The Center for Educational Partnerships

The Center for Educational Partnerships' (CEP) mission is to provide educational extension services to schools, families and communities in South Carolina that facilitate collaboration among diverse education stakeholders, leverage existing resources and build local capacity to improve student achievement in South Carolina’s K-12 schools.

The Center for Educational Partnerships is pleased to announce that a CEP-funded research study centered on rural teacher recruitment has resulted in three publications.

Dr. Henry TranTran, H., & Smith, D. A. (2020). What Matters Most for Recruiting Teachers to Rural Hard-to-Staff Districts: A Mixed Methods Analysis of Employment-Related Conditions. American Journal of Education, 126(3), 447-481.

Tran, H., & Smith, D. (2019). Insufficient money and inadequate respect: What obstructs the recruitment of college students to teach in hard-to-staff schools. Journal of Educational Administration, 57(2), 152-166.

Tran, H., Smith, D. A., & Fox, E. C. (2018). Perspectives of potential and current teachers for rural teacher recruitment and retention. Center for Innovation in Higher Education report, available at: www. usccihe. org/s/SC-Teacher-Perspectives-on-RRI-Final-Draft-rev2. pdf.

Henry Tran, MPA, SHRM-CP, PHR, Ph.D., Associate Professor,
Educational Leadership and Policies, College of Education


A critical part of the CEP's mission is to collaborate with schools to meet the educational needs of communities. The Center for Educational Partnerships recently published an Index of Partnerships that outlines the many vital collaborations between taking place within schools, districts and agencies across the state. As you will see, our work is far reaching – the University of SC College of Education has at least one partnership with nearly 20% of schools and 73% of districts in South Carolina. Please take a moment to review the new Index of Partnerships to gain awareness of the collaborations taking place!

The CEP at the University of South Carolina’s College of Education is a consortium of ten core education programs and initiatives. Together with additional affiliate organizations, we carry on our mission to encourage, facilitate and participate in partnerships that support and sustain quality K-12 education in South Carolina. The Center for Educational Partnerships was created pursuant to a proviso to the SC General Appropriations Bill of 2013-2014 (H.3710, Proviso 1A.52).

Our Core Partners are:




Center for Educational Partnerships
University of South Carolina, College of Education
Wardlaw Building Rm. 201
820 Main St.
Columbia, SC 29208

Tel: 803-777-6417
Fax: 803-777-0905