SCTGC Annual Report
For what it is worth I came across the South Carolina Higher Education Tuition Grants Commission Annual Report. There are some interesting things pertaining to BJU found there.
First the philosophy of SCTGC:
...Whereas, the General Assembly also finds that within the State there exists several accredited independent institutions of higher learning whose facilities could be used effectively in the public interest by providing additional space for students thereby eliminating the need for substantial increases in capital outlay funds; ...
In other words they can better use money to further their goal by funneling it into private (non-state run) schools. But I do find it interesting that it stipulates "accredited." Yet more proof that BJU didn't really have a heart change about accreditation they just took the expedient root.
Obviously this program is put in place to serve people of South Carolina. It actually sounds like a wonderful idea. State schools serve this very purpose, but the cost is astronomical to the state. It could be more economical to funnel some money into private schools via tuition. I just wonder why out of all the schools supported by this charter only one, Bob Jones University, is not regionally accredited. The entire list, several religious schools mind you, is made up of regionally accredited schools. Bob Jones University is the only school with sub par accreditation. So does the charter every circle back to assess the actual accreditation of the various schools to ensure that their money is actually being used in the wisest way possible. Are students graduating from these institutions able to seek higher education, get jobs freely in and out of state, and transfer credits? It would seem that if so much money is being funneled into these schools they'd want to ensure at least those basic metrics are being met.
Page 16 has some interesting information.
That is a fairly steep drop in students. Perhaps that is the reason for the sudden layoffs going about.
There is some other information that you might find interesting. I wonder, though, if SCTGC even realizes how inadequate BJU's accreditation is. Perhaps SC tax payers should let them know.