Traditional black school hopes diversity will boost bottom line

COLUMBIA — The head of South Carolina State University says he plans to market the historically black school to students of all races as a way to increase enrollment in tight budget times.

President George Cooper told The Associated Press he expects diversity to increase as soon as next year. About 97 percent of the students at the state's only publicly funded historically black college are black.

He says the school has an opportunity to recruit and educate students of other races, particularly as the state's Hispanic population grows.

More than 4,500 students currently attend South Carolina State. Cooper expects enrollment to top 6,000 within three years.

Cooper came to the school last July from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.



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