A South Carolina lawmaker told alumni of the Charleston School of Law (CSOL) that their private institution could be “absorbed” by state government – possibly by the College of Charleston – if it was the “will” of the S.C. General Assembly. In fact he said such an absorption could take place “tomorrow” if that’s what the school’s founders wanted.
Wow … talk about a perfect example of left-leaning big government backers “not letting a crisis go to waste.”
CSOL is in the throes of a major drama after its founders surreptitiously negotiated a deal with InfiLaw – a company of dubious report – behind the backs of faculty, staff, students and alumni. News of the deal – which broke exclusively on FITS – has prompted a major meltdown on campus.
In proposing this expansion of an already bloated system of government-subsidized higher education, the lawmaker – S.C. Rep. Stephen Goldfinch (RINO-Murrells Inlet) – demonstrated the utter pointlessness of the state’s Commission on Higher Education.
“The first thing I did was call the chairman on education and say, ‘Mr. Chairman, tell me what’s going on with this – what do we need to do to make this different, to make this an opportunity for CSOL and for College of Charleston and for Coastal or for a public institution?'” Goldfinch says. “I personally would rather see CSOL – if it has to be absorbed by anybody – be absorbed by the College of Charleston.”
Goldfinch says education chairman Phillip Owens (RINO-Pickens) is on board with the proposed assimilation.
“The answer was ‘Stephen if we wanted to do that, we could do that,'” Goldfinch told CSOL alumni of his conversation with Owens. “Is that the will of the legislature? Potentially. Is that the will of the Commission on Higher Ed? If we tell them so.”
Wait … isn’t the Commission on Higher Education supposed to be an independent agency? And isn’t its job to prevent the needless expansion of South Carolina’s wasteful, inefficient and duplicative government-run higher ed system?
Apparently not …
“The Commission on Higher Ed will do exactly what the political process tells it it should do,” Goldfinch told the CSOL alumni. “In other words if the chairman of education tells it ‘you’re gonna get your stuff in order on this particular school,’ or if the legislature or the governor tells the Commission on Higher Ed ‘you’re gonna get your stuff in order with this particular school,’ you’re gonna allow a change in charter – it can be done tomorrow. It can be done tomorrow.”
“Let me make that clear – it can be done tomorrow.”
For that to happen, though, CSOL’s founders would have to be on board with the plan – which Goldfinch acknowledges “they are not.”
Thank God for that. As bad as the InfiLaw deal is for CSOL – a state takeover is totally out of the question. South Carolina government already spends far too much tax money supporting thirty-three government-run institutions of “higher learning” (at more than eighty campus locations). As a result, Palmetto State taxpayers shell out nearly 20 percent of their government’s annual budget on “higher ed” compared to the national average of around 10 percent.
That’s a lot of money for something which isn’t even a core function of government in the first place …
As we’ve noted on numerous prior occasions, state government needs to set its colleges and universities free to pursue their destinies as private institutions. The very last thing it needs to do is add another school to the taxpayer dole.