USC Upstate’s Diploma Problem
This website has had its way with the University of South Carolina Upstate in recent months. Among other things we’ve exposed professors using government resources for personal gain, the school’s totally pointless athletics programs, the expansion of those pointless programs, sex scandals involving those who administer those pointless programs and of course … this guy.
We fervently believe that this institution – like all of our state’s government-run institutions of higher learning – should be set free to pursue its destiny in the private sector.
But as long as it continues to draw tax dollars, we will continue to ride it like Zorro.
USC-Upstate’s latest pooch screw? The awarding of thousands of invalid diplomas.
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“In the bottom right corner you will see the signature of Marsha Dowell,” one of our sources explains. “She retired in June 2012. She was replaced by Charles Harrington. Around 2,000 students have graduated since her retirement and have received these technically invalid diploma.”
Why didn’t the school catch this mistake? It did … it just didn’t do anything about it.
“The school printed too many with the wrong signatures, and decided to save money by using them anyway,” our source says.
Actually, that’s almost commendable when you stop and think about … well, assuming a nickel of the “savings” achieved by the school went back to taxpayers (it didn’t).
Obviously the real problem with these diplomas has nothing to do with the illegitimate signature at the bottom right corner – and everything to do with the “USC Upstate” splashed across the top.