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HIGHER EDUCATION

REPORT & hONOR ROLL JANUARY 2017


STUDENT HIGHER EDUCATION

DECEMBER 2016

REPORT & HONOR ROLL

Dear students and friends of the University of South Carolina and Clemson University, be transcended when it comes to matters that affect the institutions of higher learning within our great state. South Carolina and Clemson are collaborating in an effort to examine the impact legislators are making on our students in terms of policy that affects institutional funding, student life and other aspects of the college experience. We would like to acknowledge those legislators who are working to better higher education in South Carolina and thank them for their contributions. We would also like to highlight the happenings of the last legislative session, as they apply to our institutions, and raise awareness among students around South Carolina, as well as those who support higher education. Currently, the state legislature funds only a fraction of both of our university systems’ budgets. Measures like growing enrollment, cutting expenses, and gradual tuition increases have regrettably become the status quo for public universities in the Palmetto State. Public policy has shifted the burden of paying for college away from the state to the students and their families, and is undoubtedly one of the most serious challenges facing the millennial generation. Higher education is the key to South Carolina’s economic well-being and prosperity.

lawmakers made during the last legislative session. As students realize the profound impact of state policies on their holistic college experience, they will become more politically engaged. We hope this report and honor roll will provide students at

This is only the beginning of a new era of higher education prioritization in our state. The challenge is clear; we just need your help. Together we stand, united, for a better South Carolina. Dum spiro spero,

Michael R. Parks University of South Carolina Student Body President

Joseph R. Wilson III Clemson University Student Body President

Design by Nino Tria University of South Carolina Graphic Designer Cover Art Courtesy of The Daily Gamecock The Student Higher Education Report & Honor Roll is a publication of the student governments of the University of South Carolina and Clemson University.

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Margaret S. Ambrose Clemson University Director of Governmental Affairs

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Natalie Pita University of South Carolina Secretary of Government Relations

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Michael R. Parks University of South Carolina Student Body President University of South Carolina Student Government sg.sc.edu facebook.com/UofSCSG twitter.com/UofSCSG instagram.com/UofSCSG

Clemson University Student Government my.cusg.com facebook.com/mycusg twitter.com/mycusg instagram.com/mycusg


Dear students and friends of the University of South Carolina and Clemson University, When I came to the University of South Carolina in the fall of 2013, I was eager to make a difference on campus. I immediately became involved in Student Government, and worked with government relations and community outreach. However, I saw unfulfilled potential for the university in this area. Although South Carolina is located in the heart of the state and right down the street from our state’s biggest policymakers, there was little interaction between students and government officials. I saw no conversation happening between the students and government officials — there was no recognition of the hard work legislators do for the students, and students also were not sharing their concerns with the people who have the ability to make a difference. My goal as Student Government’s Secretary of Government Relations is to start a conversation between students and government officials, a conversation that will both give our legislators the recognition they deserve and give students a voice in affecting what happens at our State House. I am so excited because the Student Higher Education Report and Honor Roll is the first step in allowing students to communicate their opinions to the State House so that we can all work together for a better Carolina. Throughout the rest of the semester, our group of students will be at the State House more frequently than ever before, advocating issues that are important to our entire student body. I also look forward to seeing how the precedent set in this first honor roll carries over to future years. Finally, I would like to thank all of the students who were a part of this report and honor roll, as well as all of its supporters. It has been incredible to see students from both Carolina and Clemson coming together, putting in countless hours to make a real difference. And what a difference we are making. Forever to thee,

Natalie Pita University of South Carolina Secretary of Government Relations

For well over a century, young men and women have graduated from the University of South Carolina and Clemson University and have pursued a future within the state. The young men and women who graduate are leaders in their communities, state and country. These students have not only built the foundation of this great state but they also keep our state moving forward. Students leave the University of South Carolina and Clemson University as innovators, educators, and entrepreneurs who work daily to improve the lives of others and contribute to the prosperity and growth of South Carolina. As two publicly funded universities, we realize that this would not be possible without the hard work of our state officials. This year, we decided it was time to say thank you. By producing the Student Higher Education Report and Honor Roll, the student governments of both the University of South Carolina and Clemson University would like to take the time to recognize those officials who have authored, sponsored, and voted in favor of bills that improve higher education in South Carolina. Not only does the Student Higher Education Report and Honor Roll serve to acknowledge the efforts of those in the State House to improve higher education in South Carolina, but it also serves to create transparency between the students attending the two universities and the state government. Students who read the Student Higher Education Report and Honor Roll will gain knowledge about the bills that impact their daily lives on campus and the men and women who have fought for higher education in South Carolina. Upon improving the relationship between the student governments and the state government, we strive to achieve even more improvements in higher education that will benefit the future innovators, educators, and entrepreneurs of South Carolina. Together, University of South Carolina and Clemson University say thank you, and together, we will keep moving forward. For the betterment of South Carolina,

Margaret S. Ambrose Clemson University Director of Gorvernmental Affairs

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GRADING SCALE The student governments of the University of South Carolina and Clemson University have evaluated all bills that deal with the classroom performance of higher education in South Carolina, the rights of students on college campuses, new and improved educational opportunities for students of higher education and high school students, and college affordability. Education bills that better prepare students for higher education and that directly impact their classroom performance are considered relevant to higher education. Through stringent analysis, bills were assigned a grade on a numeric range of 1-5 based on relevance and impact. ONE POINT BILLS • Have very little impact or relevance to higher education and classroom performance in South Carolina • Do not impact students at the University of South Carolina or Clemson University TWO POINT BILLS • Indirectly affect a minority of students or teachers in higher education, high school, or college preparatory systems • Indirectly affect a minority of college preparatory services, higher education classes, and other educational opportunities • Indirectly affect a minority of student services and campus life THREE POINT BILLS • Indirectly impact the majority of higher education students or the majority of teachers and faculty of higher education institutions or state high schools • Indirectly prepare students for college or to be more competitive in the college application process FOUR POINT BILLS • Directly impact a small number of higher education students or a small number of faculty and teachers in college preparatory education and higher education • Further protect the Constitutional rights of students of higher education FIVE POINT BILLS • Impact the majority of higher education students • Have a direct impact on improving the quality of educators in the classroom • Directly improve the safety and well-being of students and university employees on campus • Improve student health and human services accommodations and resources • Directly prepare students for college or for being more competitive in the college application process BUDGET • The overall budget, H 5001, was valued at 10 points • Votes on the budget sections of the University of South Carolina and Clemson University were valued at five points HONOR ROLL SELECTION • Legislators were evaluated based on the individual grades assigned to bills and how their voting records correlated with each graded bill • If a legislator voted in favor of a bill that was graded by our two student governments, they received the point value equivalent to the grade given to that particular bill • Legislators who voted against a bill or did not vote on a bill received zero points for that bill • Sponsors for a bill received double the point value of the grade given to that particular bill • Each legislator’s points were summed, and then divided by the total number of points a legislator could have received if they voted in favor of every graded bill • Legislators who received a score of 90 percent or higher were placed on the honor roll

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RELEVANT LEGISLATION BILL

VALUE

BILL

SUBJECT

S 0261

4

Persons age sixty and over attending classes

Allows legal residents of South Carolina who have achieved the age of sixty to attend classes without the required payment of tuition.

S 0382

1

South Carolina State University

Authorizes the agency head of South Carolina State University to institute a mandatory furlough program of up to twenty days.

S 0391

4

In-state tuition rates for military personnel

Provides for in-state tuition rates for military personnel and their dependents under certain conditions.

4

James B. Edwards Civics Education Initiative

Requires all students of public or charter schools to take the civics test produced by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

S 0475 H 3539

1

South Carolina State University

Removes the current members of the Board of Trustees of South Carolina State University and devolve the board’s power upon a newly appointed board.

S 0703 H 3663

3

Charter schools

Further provide for the qualifications for non-certified and certfied teachers to teach core academic courses in charter schools.

1

South Carolina State University

Requires the executive director of the State Fiscal Accountability Authority to enter into loan repayment agreement on outstanding loans with South Carolina State University.

S 1233

3

Educational capital improvements sales and use tax

Expands the number of counties in which the educational capital improvements sales tax may be imposed in order to increase school operational and development funding.

S 1262

4

Charter schools

Allows charter schools to give mission-aligned admission preference to economically disadvantaged students.

Carry Forward Funds Act

Authorizes the Department of Education to carry forward funds appropriated in the previous fiscal year’s General Appropriation Act regarding supplemental support for students with disabilities.

S 0437

S 1166

S 1272

4

4


RELEVANT LEGISLATION BILL

VALUE

BILL

SUBJECT

H 3037

4

In-state tuition rates

Permits veterans who have been honorably discharged and their dependents to receive in-state tuition rates.

H 3151

4

Study of US Constitution

Permits universities to satisfy the instructional component of teaching the US Constitution through related readings.

H 3200

3

Higher education institutions

Allows researchers exemptions and restrictions from using their offices for financial gain.

1

Noxious Weed Act

Establishes the powers and duties of the state crop pest commission and the director of the regulatory and public service programs, Clemson University.

H 3353

3

General educational development camps

Facilitates the use of general educational development camps to help people obtain their general educational development certificates.

H 3534

4

Higher Education Excellence Enhancement Program

Funds colleges with 60 percent low income students and 90 percent under 25 female undergraduates.

H 3562

2

Local Option School Operating Millage Property Tax Credit Act

Allows a county governing body with referendum approval to impose a one percent sales tax, the revenue of which is used to provide a credit against property tax levied in the county for school operations.

H 3848

4

SC Founding Principles Act

Incorporates instruction on certain founding principles of the US into studies of the US Constitution and social studies standards.

H 3323

5

H 4135

1

Greenville Techincal College Area Commission

Relates to the Greenville Technical College Area Commision, so as to revise the manner in which members of the commission are selected and revise the terms of office of certain members of the commission.

H 4515

4

In-state institution for people entitled to federal educational assistance

Gives in-state tuition for children of members of the US military who died in active duty service.

H 4521

5

Tucker Hipps Transparency Act

Requires public institutions to maintain reports of actual findings of misconduct of fraternities and sororities.


RELEVANT LEGISLATION BILL

VALUE

BILL

SUBJECT

H 4639

4

Higher Education Commission

Provides for reciprocity agreements for distance education.

H 4776

3

SC Educational Facility Authority Act

Provides financial assistance to school districts in order to acquire school facilities.

H 4795

5

Palmetto Fellows Scholarship

Allows students to defer in-state scholarship for one year.

H 4936

5

High school graduates

Provides educational achievement goals to high school seniors.

1

SC Education and Economic Development Coordinating Council

Creates and provides for the SC Education and Economic Development Coordinating Council.

H 4938

2

Survey higher education students

Surveys students studying education at the University of South Carolina about teaching in economically challenged school districts.

H 4941

1

Department of Education

Develops a state-wide program for identifying concerning fiscal and budgetary practices in school districts.

H 4937

6


SENATE VOTES S 0261 S 0382 4

1

S 0391

S 0437

4

4

S 0475 S 0703 1

3

S 1166

S 1233

1

3

Thomas C. Alexander Karl B. Allen Sean Bennett Kevin L. Bryant Paul G. Campbell Jr. George E. "Chip" Campsen III Thomas D. "Tom" Corbin John E. Courson Ronnie W. Cromer Tom Davis Michael W. "Mike" Gambrell

Took office May 24, 2016

Chauncey K. Gregory Lawrence K. "Larry" Grooms Greg Hembree Brad Hutto Darrell Jackson Kevin L. Johnson Marlon E. Kimpson Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. Gerald Malloy Shane R. Martin A. Shane Massey John W. Matthews Jr. Margie Bright Matthews

Took office Oct. 27, 2015

J. Thomas McElveen III Floyd Nicholson Harvey S. Peeler Jr. Luke A. Rankin Glenn G. Reese Ronnie A. Sabb John L. Scott Jr. Nikki G. Setzler Katrina Frye Shealy Vincent A. Sheheen Ross Turner Daniel B. "Danny" Verdin III Kent M. Williams Tom Young Jr.

Aye 7

Nay

S 1262 S 1272 4

4


H 3323 H 3534 H 3663 H 3848 H 4135 H 4521 H 4639 H 4936 H 4938 Budget Clemson 1

4

1

4

Absent

1

5

4

5

2

10

5

USC 5

Excused Absence 8


HOUSE VOTES S 0261 S 0382 S 0391 S 0437 S 1166 4

1

4

4

1

S 1233 S 1262 S 1272 H 3037 H 3151 H 3200 H 3323 H 3353 H 3534 H 3539 H 3562 H 3663 H 3848 H 4135 H 4515 H 4521 3

4

4

4

4

3

1

3

4

4

2

1

4

1

Terry Alexander Merita A. "Rita" Allison Carl L. Anderson Michael A. "Mike" Anthony Todd K. Atwater Jimmy C. Bales Nathan Ballentine Justin T. Bamberg Bruce W. Bannister Beth E. Bernstein William K. "Bill" Bowers Jeffrey A. "Jeff" Bradley Robert L. Brown James Mikell "Mike" Burns William M. "Bill" Chumley Gary E. Clary Alan D. Clemmons William "Bill" Clyburn Gilda Cobb-Hunter J. Derham Cole Jr. Neal A. Collins Christopher A. Corley Heather Ammons Crawford William E. "Bill" Crosby Joseph S. Daning Sylleste H. Davis

Took office June 13, 2016

F. Gregory "Greg" Delleney Jr. Chandra E. Dillard MaryGail K. Douglas Gregory D. "Greg" Duckworth Shannon S. Erickson Raye Felder Kirkman Finlay III P. Michael "Mike" Forrester Russell W. Fry Laurie Slade Funderburk Craig A. Gagnon Wendell G. Gilliard Jerry N. Govan Jr. Daniel P. "Dan" Hamilton Kevin Hardee Christopher R. "Chris" Hart Jackie E. "Coach" Hayes Phyllis J. Henderson Patricia Moore "Pat" Henegan William G. "Bill" Herbkersman Jonathon D. Hill David R. Hiott William M. "Bill" Hixon Kenneth F. Hodges Jenny Anderson Horne Lonnie Hosey

Aye 9

Nay/Not Voting

4

5


H 4639 H 4776 H 4795 H 4936 H 4937 H 4938 H 4941 Budget Clemson USC Columbia 4

3

5

5

1

2

1

10

5

5

USC Aiken 5

USC Upstate USC Beaufort USC Lancaster 5

5

5

USC Salkehatchie

5

USC Sumter

USC Union

5

5

Took office June 13, 2016

Absent

Excused Absence 10


HOUSE VOTES S 0261 S 0382 S 0391 S 0437 S 1166 4

1

4

4

1

S 1233 S 1262 S 1272 H 3037 H 3151 H 3200 H 3323 H 3353 H 3534 H 3539 H 3562 H 3663 H 3848 H 4135 H 4515 H 4521 3

4

4

4

4

3

1

3

4

4

2

1

4

1

4

Leon Howard Chip Huggins Joseph H. Jefferson Jr. Jeffrey E. "Jeff" Johnson Wallace H. "Jay" Jordan Jr. John Richard C. King Roger K. Kirby Patsy G. Knight Dwight A. Loftis Phillip D. Lowe James H. "Jay" Lucas David J. Mack III Peter M. McCoy Jr. Joseph A. "Joe" McEachern Cezar E. McKnight James H. Merrill Harold Mitchell Jr. Dennis C. Moss V. Stephen "Steve" Moss Chris Murphy Joseph H. "Joe" Neal Wm. Weston J. Newton Ralph W. Norman Mandy Powers Norrell Russell L. Ott J. Anne Parks Michael A. Pitts Thomas E. "Tommy" Pope Joshua A. Putnam Rick Quinn Robert L. Ridgeway III Samuel Rivers Jr. Leola C. Robinson-Simpson J. Todd Rutherford Mike Ryhal William E. "Bill" Sandifer III J. Gary Simrill G. Murrell Smith Jr. Garry R. Smith James E. Smith Jr. F. Michael "Mike" Sottile L. Kit Spires Leonidas E. "Leon" Stavrinakis Tommy M. Stringer Edward R. "Eddie" Tallon Sr. Bill Taylor Anne J. Thayer McLain R. "Mac" Toole J. David Weeks J. Seth Whipper W. Brian White William R. "Bill" Whitmire Robert Q. Williams Mark N. Willis Richard L. "Richie" Yow

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Aye

Nay/Not Voting

5


H 4639 H 4776 H 4795 H 4936 H 4937 H 4938 H 4941 Budget Clemson USC Columbia 4

3

5

5

1

2

1

Absent

10

5

5

USC Aiken 5

USC Upstate USC Beaufort USC Lancaster 5

5

5

Excused Absence

USC Salkehatchie

5

USC Sumter 5

USC Union 5

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SENATE HONOR ROLL

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Thomas C. Alexander

Karl B. Allen

Sean Bennett

Paul G. Campbell Jr.

Thomas D. “Tom” Corbin

John E. Courson

Ronnie W. Cromer

Tom Davis

Chauncey K. Gregory

Lawrence K. “Larry” Grooms

Greg Hembree

Kevin L. Johnson

Brad Hutto

Hugh K. Leatherman Sr.

Gerald Malloy


Shane R. Martin

A. Shane Massey

J. Thomas McElveen III

Floyd Nicholson

Harvey S. Peeler Jr.

Ronnie A. Sabb

John L. Scott Jr.

Nikki G. Setzler

Katrina Frye Shealy

Vincent A. Sheheen

Ross Turner

Daniel B. Verdin III

Kent M. Williams

Tom Young Jr.

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HOUSE HONOR ROLL

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Micheal A. “Mike” Anthony

Jimmy C. Bales

Nathan Ballentine

Bruce W. Bannister

Jeffrey A. “Jeff ” Bradley

Robert L. Brown

James Mikell “Mike” Burns

Gary E. Clary

Alan D. Clemmons

William “Bill” Clyburn

Gilda Cobb-Hunter

J. Derham Cole Jr.

Heather Ammons Crawford

William E. “Bill” Crosby

Joseph S. Daning

F. Gregory “Greg” Delleney Jr.

Gregory D. “Greg” Duckworth

Shannon S. Erickson

Raye Felder

Kirkman Finlay III


P. Michael “Mike” Forrester

Laurie Slade Funderburk

Craig A. Gagnon

William G. “Bill” Herbkersman

Patricia Moore “Pat” Henegan

David R. Hiott

William M. “Bill” Hixon

Lonnie Hosey

Jackie E. “Coach” Hayes

Chip Huggins

Joseph H. Jefferson Jr.

Jeffrey E. “Jeff ” Johnson

Wallace H. “Jay” Jordan Jr.

Roger K. Kirby

Patsy G. Knight

Dwight A. Loftis

Phillip D. Lowe

James H. “Jay” Lucas

James H. Merrill

Dennis Moss 16


HOUSE HONOR ROLL

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V. Stephen “Steve” Moss

Joseph H. “Joe” Neal

Wm. Weston J. Newton

Russell L. Ott

Thomas E. “Tommy” Pope

Robert L. Ridgeway III

Samuel Rivers Jr.

J. Todd Rutherford

Mike Ryhal

William E. “Bill” Sandifer

J. Gary Simrill

G. Murrell Smith Jr.

Garry R. Smith

Mandy Powers Norrell

Michael A. Pitts


James E Smith Jr.

F. Micheal “Mike” Sottile

Tommy M. Stringer

J. David Weeks

L. Kit Spires

Edward R.“Eddie” Tallon Sr.

Bill Taylor

William R. “Bill” Whitmire

Richard L. “Richie” Yow

Leonidas E. “Leon” Stavrinakis

W. Brian White

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