Founded in October 1999 and named for S.C. Governor and U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley, the Riley Institute at Furman University is celebrating 20 years of leadership, knowledge, and impact.
Fellows in Residence
In its first year, the Riley Institute began to bring prominent thinkers and leaders to campus to involve students and the community in dialogue around critical emerging issues. The Institute’s goal was to “bring the world to Furman” for the benefit of Furman students and the community.
Teachers of Government
The Richard W. Riley Summer Institute for Teachers of Government (TOG) is a week-long summer institute for middle and high school school teachers of government.
Emerging Public Leaders
Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) is an intensive, statewide, and service-oriented leadership program for 16 rising high school seniors across South Carolina each year.
Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is an organization comprised of 21 member economies from Asia and the Pacific Rim that gather together annually to discuss three main pillars: trade and investment liberalization; business facilitation; and economic and technical cooperation.
Diversity Leaders Initiative
Carefully selected, established leaders from all sectors of South Carolina society take part in the Riley Institute at Furman’s Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI), a unique, highly interactive, multi- award winning program that imparts deep knowledge and skills to effectively manage and lead increasingly diverse workers, clients and constituents.
DLI expanded to the Lowcountry in 2006.
DLI expanded to the Midlands in 2007.
Senior Patrol Officer Jeff Ward visits with children from Camp Hope during a cruise on the Charleston Harbor. Camp Hope, a long-running summer evening camp for underserved children from downtown Charleston, provides cultural and education enrichment and grows health, wellbeing, and personal and social responsibility.
Seniors from public Scott's Branch High School (94% black) and private Clarendon Hall (99% white), both in Clarendon County, spruce up a community park. Unite Summerton brought students from these schools together in service leadership to break down racial barriers and beautify the community.
Upstate Diversity Leadership Award Celebration
The annual Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards dinner originated as a community action project during the 2004 Upstate DLI class. As their group project, "Inclusion Infusion" suggested an annual event that would recognize organizations and individuals for their accomplishments in improving diversity in the Upstate. The idea developed and was quickly adopted by the Riley Institute and the Anderson, Greenville and Spartanburg Chambers of Commerce, all of which have had representatives complete the DLI program.
Statewide Education Study funded by Hewlett Foundation
The Riley Institute's education research work began with a two-year study of public education in South Carolina.
How do we effectively redesign public schools to prepare a larger number of students to graduate, succeed in college or career training, and compete in the global marketplace?
Over 150 briefings were held across the state to disseminate the findings.
The Hewlett study was the first of many more research projects to come for the Institute.
David H. Wilkins Awards for Leadership
The Wilkins Awards are named for former Speaker of the S.C. House of Representatives and Ambassador to Canada, David H. Wilkins and honor the leadership, courage, vision, and integrity of one South Carolina legislator.
In 2011, the Wilkins Awards expanded to honor civic leaders.
February 27, 2019
The 13th Advance Team with Anthony Ray Hinton, who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he did not commit. The Advance Team organized a community event for Mr. Hinton to speak to more than 1,600 students and community members in McAlister Auditorium.
248 Furman students have been members of the Advance Team.
WhatWorksSC Awards & Clearinghouse
Each fall, the Riley Institute presents the Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award for Excellence to an outstanding education initiative in South Carolina.
March 16, 2018
The Riley Institute at Furman University was selected to join a research team that will expand upon the Institute's first study of public Montessori Programs.
Funded by a $600,000 grant from the Brady Education Foundation, the five-year study will involve researchers, sites and participants across the U.S. and will follow a randomized sample of children from age three through kindergarten.
White-Riley-Peterson Afterschool Policy Fellowship
The White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship is a ten-month learning experience offered by the Riley Institute at Furman in partnership with the Charles S. Mott Foundation to leaders across the country. Grounded in deep discussion of actual case studies and led by policy change-makers, the Fellowship equips graduates with a real world understanding of the art, science, possibilities and realities of policy making around afterschool and expanded learning time.
OnTrack is focused on implementing an Early Warning and Response System to utilize real-time data to identify students beginning to disengage from school as indicated by attendance, behavior, and course performance.
Once a student is identified, a coordinated team of educators and community experts develops a customized plan to match the student with the right response interventions and then monitors his or her progress over time.
The Riley Institute provides ongoing data collection and analysis in order to shed light on what is working and inform the decision making process.