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SC State President: School Must be More ‘Customer Friendly’

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scstatesignAt least one public university in the Palmetto State is finding out the hard way that private schools aren’t the only institutions beholden to free market forces.

South Carolina State University trustees met Thursday to try to come up with a plan to deal with a $6 million budget gap. Officials say the university has lost $14.2 million in anticipated revenue since last year.

Enrollment figures were far shy of the 5,102 students officials expected this year, including more than 250 students who attended summer school.

Only 4,548 students were enrolled as of this week, the lowest number since fall 2005 and more than 550 below 2009-10 projections.

President Dr. George Cooper said S.C. State needs to become more customer friendly and less bureaucratic to students.

Board Chairman Jonathan Pinson said students who have a bad experience at S.C. State can easily vent their frustrations online for anyone to see.

Trustee Lance Wright said the university doesn’t have an enrollment problem, it has a retention problem.

He pointed out that new students come every fall but, for some reason, many of them leave. Wright compared the situation to a dog chasing its tail, he told the Orangeburg Times and Democrat.

Cooper said that 300 more students were in the university’s system to attend classes this fall, however they didn’t complete the process to get enrolled.

He added that the university is going to contact those students in hopes of finding out why. Several trustees asked for a timetable on reporting that information.

Following the meeting, Cooper did not dismiss furloughs or layoffs as possible options to deal with the budget crunch. A decision is expected within 10 days.

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Written by Cotton Boll Conspiracy

October 2, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Posted in Economics, Public education

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  1. Honestly you rob parents blind on tuition so you can pour money all over the place, then, like the Government never cut programs, just add add add. Then you wonder why. I would think if you would cut the fat and just focus on TEACHING you could make your budget shortfalls.

    K Warner

    October 2, 2009 at 3:38 pm


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