The presidents of seven public and private colleges and universities plan to create a consortium dedicated to increasing the number of individuals with academic degrees or certificates in the Lowcountry.
Charleston Southern University, the Citadel, Clemson University, the College of Charleston, Medical University of South Carolina, Trident Technical College and the University of South Carolina created the consortium.
The consortium was formed with the support of the Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative (TCCC).
“As a partner in Cradle to Career, the Citadel is proud to be a part of this higher-education consortium,” Citadel President Lt. Gen. John Rosa said. “Together, we have more resources — we’re smarter, stronger and better prepared to meet all of the needs of the Lowcountry. This is an exciting time in higher education in South Carolina.”
The consortium’s goals include:
• Improving the alignment of current degree programs with projected work-force requirements
• Encouraging degree completion by the more-than-107,000 residents age 25 or older who have completed some college work, but have yet to complete a degree.
• Closing the gap in enrollment and degree completion rates among racial groups.
“The formation of this coalition is huge for our community because it shows our colleges and universities are committed to meeting the demands of the future work force, which puts our region in a better position to compete for new businesses,” TCCC CEO Anita Zucker said.