Section: About CET

About CET

Our Vision

The USC Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET) is a university-wide fellow-driven organization dedicated to
fostering and enhancing deep lifelong learning.

Our Mission

The mission of CET is to provide shared leadership, vision, and support committed to
the inspiration, development, and advancement of USC's learner-centered education.

CET'S Prime Directive

CET's prime directive is to advance learning at all levels by providing and coordinating activities and programs that promote and support effective teaching and mentoring. The needs of diverse learners and scholars are met by our initiatives.

Current Objectives and Dimensions of the Work of CET
Teaching, Learning, Community, Organizational Environment and Advocacy

Teaching – Through its workshops, seminars, and programs CET addresses teaching issues at the individual, department, curricular and institutional levels. CET:

Learning – CET raises awareness of how students learn, develop intellectually, and grow into active citizens and lifelong learners; how students perceive and articulate their learning needs; and how faculty might create a positive context for learning. CET:

Community – Through a diversity of media CET works to bring together and strengthen relationships between members of USC's instructional community: students, teachers, administrators, staff, and stakeholders. CET:

Organizational Environment and Advocacy – CET fosters an organizational culture in which teaching, learning and scholarship about teaching can flourish through individual consultations as well as active membership in university-wide committees. It advocates for individuals and groups working on teaching and learning initiatives through communities of practice and scholarly research.