Palmetto Programs, housed in the Division of System Affairs and Extended University, is an umbrella through which Regional Campuses students have broader access to baccalaureate opportunities. Palmetto Programs was created to enable place-bound students to complete selected baccalaureate degrees without leaving the Regional Campuses.  The use of distance education provides baccalaureate-level courses to students whose family or employment obligations prevent them from relocating to complete a degree.

Faculty members from Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter, and Union, as well as Extended University in Columbia, use two-way interactive video and other technology-assisted delivery to teach students at multiple sites simultaneously. This delivery mechanism gives students access to many more course options in addition to those available live on their campuses.

Two degrees are available through Palmetto Programs. The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (BLS) has been offered since Fall 2007. This broad-based degree draws on multiple disciplines and allows students to choose their focal areas. The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership (BOL) was first available in Fall 2009. This degree focuses on preparing students for leadership roles in government, non-profit, and business settings.

For information on admission to the BLS or BOL degree, contact your advisor or the person on your campus who heads academic affairs.