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S.C. State exceeds enrollment goal, boosts revenue

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By Ashley Heffernan
aheffernan@scbiznews.com
Published Sept. 8, 2015

S.C. State University exceeded its projected enrollment by more than 200 students, which resulted in a nearly $1.1 million increase in revenue, according to a news release from the Orangeburg school.

As of Aug. 26, 2,862 students were enrolled at S.C. State, interim President W. Franklin Evans said in a statement after a recent board of trustees meeting. The university’s goal was to enroll 2,650. (Photo/file)As of Aug. 26, 2,862 students were enrolled at S.C. State, interim President W. Franklin Evans said in a statement after a recent board of trustees meeting. The university’s goal was to enroll 2,650. (Photo/file)

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As of Aug. 26, 2,862 students were enrolled at S.C. State, interim President W. Franklin Evans said in a statement after a recent board of trustees meeting. The university’s goal was to enroll 2,650. Those numbers are still down from previous years. Enrollment in fall 2010 was 4,362 and in fall 2014 was 3,331, Evans said earlier this year.

The increase in students prompted the university to open Mays II, a residential facility that was closed this summer to cut maintenance and energy costs, the news release said.

The school, which declared a financial exigency in June and owes $6 million to the S.C. Budget and Control Board, has decreased its net loss since last year. S.C. State finished fiscal year 2014 with $10.3 million in losses, according to Edward Patrick, vice president for finance and management. The university is predicted to finish fiscal 2015 with a net loss of $3.2 million.

“Even though we are not where we should be, it shows that the university is moving briskly in the right direction,” Patrick said in a statement.

Rather than paying for possibly long and expensive litigation, S.C. State’s interim board of trustees recently settled a lawsuit with former President Thomas J. Elzey. The school will pay Elzey more than $300,000.

Trustee Doris Helms, who retired as provost of Clemson University, also announced that she is leading a partnership of students from Clemson’s School of Architecture and S.C. State. The teams are working to develop a student-focused streetscape and beautification plan to be considered for S.C. State’s master plan, the news release said.

The board is scheduled to meet again Sept. 17.

Reach staff writer Ashley Heffernan at 843-849-3144 or @AshleyBHeff on Twitter.

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