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SC State: Zero Accountability, Zero Transparency

SCHOOL SHUTS OUT PRESS AS FINANCIAL STRUGGLES CONTINUE …  || By FITSNEWS ||  We get that S.C. State University (SCSU) is embarrassed … and it should be.  The school is – as we’ve repeatedly pointed out – the poster institution for rampant corruption, shady boondoggles, overblown bureaucracy and questionable expenses. Now all…

SCHOOL SHUTS OUT PRESS AS FINANCIAL STRUGGLES CONTINUE … 

|| By FITSNEWS ||  We get that S.C. State University (SCSU) is embarrassed … and it should be.  The school is – as we’ve repeatedly pointed out – the poster institution for rampant corruption, shady boondoggles, overblown bureaucracy and questionable expenses.

Now all that mismanagement has created a massive cash crunch … one the school has responded to by accusing its critics of being racist.

Oh, and trying to keep its problems hidden from the public view.

The latest example of the school’s lack of transparency?  According to The (Orangeburg, S.C.) Times and Democrat,  SCSU officials have scheduled a private meeting with Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) that will address whether the institution remains on probation.

“This is not a public meeting,” school officials told the paper.

Really? 

The school also stated that “no schedule of the on-site evaluation will be provided to media and media interviews (with the SACS) team will not be granted.”

Wow …

The meeting was later cancelled, but still … how about that for “transparent government?”

In other news, SCSU continues struggling to get its fiscal house in order … and South Carolina taxpayers continue to suffer as a result.

Earlier this week, the S.C. Budget and Control Board – which approved an unconstitutional taxpayer bailout for the school last year – told SCSU leaders it would extend to them “the discretion to provide (the state) with a payment plan” on one of its multi-million dollar loans.

What? 

Must be nice, huh?

SCSU and the entire South Carolina system of “higher education” – which happens to be one of the most bloated, duplicative and disproportionately costly networks of taxpayer-funded colleges and universities in the entire country – must be shut down.  Each of the state’s thirty-three government-subsidized institutions of “higher learning” should immediately be set free to pursue their destinies in the private sector.

Higher education is simply not a core function of government, people … especially not the way it’s done in the Palmetto State.

And certainly not the way it’s done at S.C. State …

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14 comments

Toyota Kawasaki April 16, 2015 at 4:23 pm

Investigative journalism is racist, didn’t ya hear?

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GrandTango April 16, 2015 at 6:46 pm

But FITS “Likes” SC State. And he watched Mississippi Burning to form his intellectual base for the modern-day politics of race…….that’s gotta count for something, doesn’t it???…LMAO…

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Dan Ruck April 16, 2015 at 5:03 pm

Give those guys a grant! And see if they have a road to nowhere DOT can pave.

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Squishy123 April 16, 2015 at 5:38 pm

We President now!!!

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john dozier April 16, 2015 at 6:08 pm

we BE president now!

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GrandTango April 16, 2015 at 6:37 pm

Wonder how the VAST majority of anyone and everyone associated w/ SC State votes????…then compare that w/ the Corridor of Shame…

Why keep doing the same thing, when such disaster results????….That’s not insanity (as the cliche erroneously denotes)…it’s IGNORANCE…

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John April 16, 2015 at 6:50 pm

Leatherman owns the school. Lock stock and barrell. What he will do with it, no one knows. But he will use it for his benefit.

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SynTwist April 16, 2015 at 7:22 pm

Given I have had experience with both SCSU and Clemson, I am of the opinion the Administrators at SCSU are better. However, my college student likes Clemson better. I don’t think it has more to do with school climate? I can tell you Clemson has it’s own issues.

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nitrat April 17, 2015 at 9:54 am

Yeah, but all the other state schools have board members who are much, much more effectively politically connected.

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Elfego April 17, 2015 at 10:30 am

You must be joking! Maybe you are really Jim Clyburn!

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SynTwist April 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Hmmm….interesting, but way off base.

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Carpe Jugulum April 16, 2015 at 8:26 pm

In the words of Reggie “Lightning” Lloyd, ” It is a sweepstakes!!”

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erneba April 17, 2015 at 11:43 am

“The latest example of the school’s lack of transparency?”

“This is not a public meeting,” school officials told the paper.”

“The school also stated that “no schedule
of the on-site evaluation will be provided to media and media interviews
(with the SACS) team will not be granted.”
Dealing SCSU leaders is evidently not getting anywhere. The entire leadership should be replaced by people who will at least start to expose the problems and are amendable to financial and political solutions. Hiding behind secrecy will only perpetuate the problems and engender more public distrust.
Time to stop dealing with SCSU leadership if they want to keep everything as secret as the dark side of the moon and it is also time to stop throwing money into this political/educational black hole.

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Florist Glump April 18, 2015 at 4:47 am

SC State has always considered “accounts payable” as something to be shoved to the bottom of the priority list. It’s probably futile to expect that to ever change.

Their time has come. Enough of their entitled let-somebody-else-take-responsibility-for-our-idiocy mentality. Shut it down.

Or let Magic, Shaq, Hank, etc. pay off their debts. I’m okay with that.

But like FITS says, this crap has gone on long enough.

Subsidies create dependencies… true for all our state colleges.

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