Volume 15 | Issue 3
March 21, 2023
March 2023 News and Notes
Presbyterian College to host SCICU Board of Trustees meeting March 28
Presidents of SCICU's 21 member colleges and universities will join business and community leaders at Presbyterian College on March 28, 2023 for the SCICU Spring Board of Trustees meeting. Presidents will kick off the day with Presbyterian College President Matt vandenBerg in the SCICU Council of College Presidents breakfast, and will join other trustees at the board's business meeting.
Celebrating Furman's bracket-busting run in the 2023 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament
Furman guard JP Pegues (middle) sealed the win for the Paladins with a three-point shot in the final 2.2 seconds of the game against the Virginia Cavaliers. Photo courtesy Jeremy Fleming-Furman University.
Taking down No. 5 seed Virginia destroyed brackets for an estimated 16 million basketball fans and prognosticators.

Do you really need a college degree?
Message from SCICU President and CEO Jeff Perez
Jeff Perez, Ph.D.
SCICU President and CEO
Lately there’s been a lot written questioning the value of a four-year college education. Here’s the headline from a story in Fortune:  “Many Gen Zers don’t believe they need a college degree for a successful career. They might be right.” 

I don’t think the Fortune headline’s right. They may end up with a good job in the short term, but not a successful career. And they may not be happier for it.

South Carolina legislative update
Last week, the S.C. House passed its version of the state budget and there was much good news for SCICU member institutions and their students.

Federal update
The big news from Washington is the release earlier this month of the president' s executive budget.

SCICU 2023 Infographics - Addressing the shortages of teachers and nurses in S.C.
In March, SCICU sent members of the General Assembly infographics addressing the shortages of teachers and nurses in South Carolina:

March 1 - One of the great challenges our state faces is finding good teachers. Fortunately, SCICU member institutions are providing the well-trained teachers our schools need.

March 15 - We depend on nurses who graduate from SCICU member institutions to enhance the quality of life of that makes South Carolina such an attractive place to live and work.

SCICU 2022 Annual Report available for download
Learn more about undergraduate student research, Excellence In Teaching faculty award winners, legislative advocacy successes, fundraising, and more in SCICU's Annual Report for 2022. Please click here to download a complimentary digital copy.
SCICU College/University Campus News 

SCICU presents news from its 21 member colleges and universities. Click here to read college news in the newsroom on the SCICU website.

The following is a sampling of recent news from SCICU campuses:

Allen University

Anderson University

Benedict College

Bob Jones University

Charleston Southern University

Claflin University

Coker University

Columbia College

Columbia International University

Converse University

Erskine College

Furman University

Limestone University

Morris College

Newberry College

North Greenville University

Presbyterian College

Southern Wesleyan University

Spartanburg Methodist College

Voorhees University

Wofford College

Click below to access important information from each of the SCICU member colleges and universities:

School counselors, parents, family members, and friends - It's CRUNCH TIME for college decisions!

The SCICU College Guide is the BEST online tool for making the college decision EASY!

The SCICU College Guide is the best ONE-STOP resource for campus tours, admissions, scholarships, campus life, sports, and more at SCICU's 21 member colleges and universities.

Click here to download your copy of the SCICU College Guide today! Please share it with friends and family, too!
The SCICU Business Partners program provides a convenient marketplace in which SCICU member colleges and universities can preview offerings tailored to the needs of the higher education community in South Carolina.
Affinity LTC, The Coalition of College Cost Savings’ endorsed broker, has specialized in providing Long Term Care insurance solutions to private, non-profit higher education for over 15 years.

Aramark Higher Education is an organization dedicated to service excellence in dining, facilities and conference center management. We create living and learning environments that foster healthy growth, build loyalty and create lasting connections to more than 600 campuses across North America.

Paymerang provides a streamlined invoice and payment automation platform that brings Accounts Payable (AP) departments into the modern age.

SCICU Business Partners: New and renewing

SCICU thanks the following business partner for their renewal:

Directory - Click here for a complete list of SCICU Business Partners.
SCICU is a member of the Coalition for College Cost Savings (CCCS). This organization, comprised of 35 member organizations in 33 states, serves more than 1,000 higher education institutions and over 3 million students across the United States. The organization and staff are dedicated to helping private higher education institutions improve processes and reduce costs through collaboration.

All SCICU member colleges and universities have access to CCCS's national contracts and services. More information on this important benefit may be found here.
News & Notes is published by the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, Inc. Please send all comments or questions to SCICU President & CEO Jeff Perez at jeff@scicu.org or 803-799-7122. Mailing address: PO Box 12007, Columbia, SC 29211.