Should state close regional campuses?
Gov. Mark Sanford's long-held position that South Carolina has too many public colleges is sparking a broader debate about the future of S.C. higher education as the state struggles to balance its budget.
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#1 Mar 8, 2009
I am a fan of Gov. Sanford's, and have been very happy with his performance as our governor. However, I think the recommendation to close the USC-Lancaster campus is a mistake. The Lancaster campus is 3 or 4 times the size of the other two campuses that are targeted. Lancaster is already economically depressed. Removing the Lancaster campus would further negatively impact the area. Many of the students who attend USC-L already drive 30 miles or more to get there. They would be unable to drive another 30 miles to Winthrop, and York Tech may not offer what they need to transfer to another school after 2 yeras. Furthermore, many of those students would not be accepted into Winthrop. They go to USC-L to get their grades up so that they can be accepted into another college after 2 years. Though I understand the need to cut the state's budget, I don't think closing USC-L is the way to do it.
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