Wednesday, February 18, 2009
S.C. State strives to diversify student body
South Carolina State University president George Cooper says he plans to market the historically black school to students of all races as a way to increase enrollment in tight budget times.
Cooper told The Associated Press he expects diversity to increase as soon as next year. Currently, about 97 percent of the students at SC State are black.
He says the school has an opportunity to recruit and educate students of other races, particularly as the state's Hispanic population grows.
More than 4,500 students currently attend South Carolina State. Cooper expects enrollment to top 6,000 within three years.