On Tuesday, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Higher Education voted 3 to 1 to shut the doors of the cash-strapped university beginning on July 1, 2015. The school would be closed for fiscal year 2015-2016 and reopen in 2017.
Alumni say the school should be held accountable for its debt, but closing is a bad move for the university’s future.
If the house subcommittee has its way, students holding at least a 2.5 GPA would have to transfer to another school in South Carolina. The university would reopen in 2017, but some argue it would be extremely difficult to attract new students, and qualified faculty.
“I think the university should be given the opportunity to reverse the current financial problems and reverse the enrollment slide,” said Maurice Washington, an alumni of South Carolina State University. “Not only would it be a bad thing for the university and the entire university family, I think it would be a bad move for the state of South Carolina.”
This is not a done deal. To make this decision final it must go before the full house committee and the Governor’s desk.
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