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CofC Receives Authorization to Offer First Dorctoral Degree

The College of Charleston could be on its way to offering and awarding doctoral degrees.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed a law authorizing the College to offer a Ph.D. program in computer and information science last week. Such a program would be the first doctoral degree in the 247-year history of the institution.

It's a development President Glenn McConnell '69 calls a "significant accomplishment that puts the College on the road to offering more terminal degree programs in the near future."

"To be clear, we still need to create the doctoral degree and seek approval from the S.C. Commission on Higher Education just as we would do for any new program that we would seek to add," says McConnell. "That being said, we have cleared a key step in the approval process."

Retirement Deficit Update   (December 14, 2016)

Retirement contributions will increase for state employees from 8.66 percent to 9.16 percent effective July 1, 2017.  Employers will also see an increase from 11.56 percent to 12.06 percent.  Members of the SFAA approved the increase at the December meeting on a 3 – 2 vote with Senator Leatherman, Governor Haley and Representative White voting in favor and Treasurer Loftis and Comptroller General Eckstrom voting against the increase.

The General Assembly could make additional changes to the state law to address the estimated $20 billion shortfall in 2017.