Guiding South Carolina State to recovery

Stefanie Botelho's picture
Thursday, May 15, 2014

By voting to establish an advisory committee to oversee South Carolina State University, the state Senate is acknowledging what everyone knows: The school is in serious financial trouble and has been for years.

But the vote also sends a message that legislators want the state's only public historically black college to succeed.

That's important because some exasperated taxpayers have given up on the Orangeburg school and are suggesting a variety of drastic changes: Make it part of the University of South Carolina; make it the state's remedial college where students get up to academic speed so they can attend other state colleges; close it altogether.

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