The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education oversees higher education in South Carolina. The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education appointed the Higher Education Study Commission to recommend a strategic plan for higher education in South Carolina in 2009. The Higher Education Study Commission developed four goals: to make South Carolina one of the most educated states, to recognize potential resources and effectiveness in South Carolina, to increase research, and to increase workforce training and educational services in South Carolina. South Carolina also benefits from the South Carolina Higher Education Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) founded in 2000 to benefit statewide higher education through support programs, such as the Lightsey Society, Know2, Competing Through Knowledge, College Application Month, and the Graduation Imperative. Public four-year institutions in South Carolina include Clemson University, South Carolina State University, Winthrop University, and the University of South Carolina system.