Haley wants schools to work harder to keep graduates in-state, and she says school administrators need to work more closely with businesses to get graduates jobs. Haley suggests that when a university president submits his budget request, lawmakers should ask themselves some basic questions: “What is the graduation rate? What are we doing to make sure that every student that graduates has a job? What are they doing for economic development?”
That last one caught Frank Hefner’s attention. He teaches economics at the College of Charleston.
“There is sort of a general sense in this current governor’s administration that everything has to be tied to some kind of economic development mission,” Hefner says. “And if it’s not, then they’re not interested in funding it.”