The Case for University Priorities

Legislative Priorities 2012

Palmetto College — USC is repositioning its four regional campuses at Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter and Union into the Palmetto College, a virtual college that takes advantage of two-year curricula at those campuses and adds additional four-year campus courses for online baccalaureate degrees. USC seeks support for this initiative that will allow South Carolinians in every corner of the state to earn USC degrees without leaving their communities or homes.

USC School of Law — Support is requested for the new law school campus that will combine historic buildings with new facilities on Senate Street. It will house the state's law library and also the Children's Law Center and new Rule of Law Center. These unique functions and location, within view of the State House, Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, National Advocacy Center, downtown law firms and the historic Horseshoe will offer students opportunities and experiences unavailable elsewhere. This exciting vision, our new dean, a refreshed curriculum and commitment to excellence for our state has sparked energy, excitement and pride.

Research Equipment — One time funds to update and expand the equipment in our research labs in support of local industrial and economic development efforts in the fields of energy, materials and aerospace engineering.

Capital Renewal — The University was grateful to the legislature for $11 million that in last year's budget helped USC improve its roofing structures. This year, USC continues to need support for a long list of maintenance and improvement projects for existing infrastructure.

Reform of Higher Education funding — The University of South Carolina seeks a fair and equitable distribution of higher education funding that is based on performance, accountability and transparency. As the Flagship University of the state, USC is poised to lead efforts that match funding with criteria that include serving resident students, improving the quality of their education and leading in economic development.

Lottery Scholarships — As demonstrated earlier, lottery scholarships enable a college education for many in our state. The provision of this aid to our best and brightest students needs to remain a priority in years to come.

SmartState Endowed Chairs — USC has attracted 15 SmartState chairs and through their innovation, attracted a half dozen new companies, created new jobs and continues to bring cutting-edge research to our state.

Dominic C. McNear

Charleston, SC - Hospitality Management

Dominic McNear

"One thing that I strive for is an intellectual challenge, and USC definitely offers a stimulating environment of scholars and educators who have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. The drive and determination we have to have to excel and achieve here at the university heavily influenced my decision. I knew it would be the eclectic environment I needed to thrive as a successful student."


Dr. Harris Pastides, President

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