As we all wonder what the solution could be to the financial woes of S.C. State University, we must bear in mind that the university has provided an education to many students and has a big impact on the Orangeburg area.
We also must realize this is not the same S.C. State many former graduates remember. Enrollment has dropped horrendously to less than 3.000 students. A four-year graduation rate of 13.7 percent is disgraceful. How many presidents and board members has the school gone through in the past few years while the financial woes have surged out of control?
Google the James E. Clyburn Transportation Center to see how huge amounts of money can be mismanaged. Check on former S.C. State board Chairman Jonathan Pinson’s indictment and conviction to see the corruption prevalent during his reign.
Everything we read or hear says the president and board are reluctant to provide answers or plans. They just want more money.
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This school is broken. This school must be closed. We must do right by the students who are there now, but please do not invite others to come there. The House of Representatives, the Legislative Black Caucus and U.S. Rep. Clyburn all are calling for the removal of the president and board. Who else do we need to hear from? It is a tragedy, but it is a fact. Close this school, and hope smarter, more competent people can figure out if S.C. State is still needed and how it can operate like all our other state-supported schools are required to.