STRUGGLING SCHOOL IN SERIOUS TROUBLE WITH LAWMAKERS
|| By FITSNEWS || The proposed one-year shutdown of S.C. State University (SCSU) has the votes to pass the state’s House of Representatives, a senior legislative leader told FITS this week.
“It’s unfortunate but needed,” the lawmaker told FITS. “S.C. State and has been given every opportunity to formulate a plan for the future and it has failed to do so each and every time.”
The lawmaker – granted anonymity to speak freely – said a proposal by S.C. Rep. Jim Merrill to shutter the school for a year would pass the House if brought to the floor for a vote. The only way such a vote wouldn’t be taken?
“If a plan is worked out prior to budget week that sends in a leadership team to fire the president,” the legislative leader said.
However the leader reiterated trust in S.C. State was at an all-time low among lawmakers and “at this point the shutdown seems inevitable.”
Wow … and there you have it.
As we noted in our most recent recap of this drama, we believe all “higher education” institutions in South Carolina should be shut down … permanently. Obviously they can keep their land and buildings – we’d even give them a ten-year moratorium on paying property taxes – but after that they need to rise or fall on their own.
Unless of course you think taxpayers should continue subsidizing both sides of the higher ed bubble …
When SCSU received its first taxpayer-funded “loan” for $6 million last May (on top of the tens of millions it is appropriated annually), this website railed against the institution – exposing how the proceeds from the payment weren’t going where University officials claimed they were and how the school’s financial situation was actually much worse than they were letting on. And when SCSU got a $12 million bailout last December, we exclusively reported on how this expenditure was unconstitutional – routed through a committee not authorized to make appropriations.
The whole thing is a mess … and while we support the one-year “shutdown” plan, no one should kid themselves that it’s going to magically solve the school’s fundamental problem (which is failing to reduce overhead in response to declining enrollment).