USC Upstate and City of Spartanburg Exploring Locate School of Business Administration and Economics in Renaissance Park

Spartanburg, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Upstate and the City of Spartanburg are exploring plans to locate the University’s School of Business Administration and Economics in Renaissance Park in downtown Spartanburg. This project fits both USC Upstate’s metropolitan mission and the City’s recently unveiled master plan. The proposed site under consideration is a parcel of land facing St. John Street adjacent to the Chapman Cultural Center. Costs for the project remain to be determined, though private funding is expected to play a major role.

“Our City Council and staff are excited at another public and private partnership that will truly advantage our community and the University,” said Mayor Bill Barnet. “We welcome the University’s School of Business in downtown Spartanburg and what it will mean for educational opportunities for the next generation of our citizenry.”

While this project remains in the discussion stages, USC Upstate has sought and been granted permission from the USC Board of Trustees to undertake planning for this move with all due diligence completed, funding committed and business and academic plans reviewed in the coming weeks by USC President Andrew Sorensen prior to consideration by the Board of Trustees following December 1, 2007.

“This opportunity lies at the heart of the “metropolitan mission” of USC Upstate,” said Dr. John Stockwell, chancellor of the University. “To have the opportunity for the School of Business to be a principal ally in the growth and development of the City is, in fact, the highest calling on our mission.”

The USC Upstate School of Business Administration and Economics, one of 41 institutions worldwide with undergraduate only programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, currently has 825 declared business majors, which is an 18 percent increase over student enrollments from 2004-2005. Students choose from five concentrations – accounting, economics/finance, business administration, management and marketing – to gain a competitive edge in today and tomorrow’s global job market.
Locating the School in downtown Spartanburg has far-reaching benefits, according to Dr. Darrell Parker, dean of the USC Upstate School of Business Administration and Economics.

“From student perspectives professional education is at its best when it involves experiential learning, engaging future employers and professionals together in the learning environment, giving students direct access to the profession. From faculty perspectives the opportunity to undertake research and professional engagement with the regional business community is alluring and location in downtown Spartanburg provides an exceptional opportunity to pursue that research, to develop continuing education and outreach programs, and to engage with colleagues in the profession,” said Parker.

About USC Upstate
Founded in 1967, the University of South Carolina Upstate has spent the last 40 years developing into one of the leading metropolitan universities in the Southeast. In addition to building acclaimed and accredited academic programs, the University has recruited both an outstanding faculty and this year welcomes nearly 5,000 students. The 300-acre campus in Spartanburg offers a dynamic campus life with the latest in residential housing and wireless technology. University programs offered at the University Center of Greenville are ideal for commuting junior and senior level students. Other significant accomplishments include:

•The School of Education is the only South Carolina institution to offer a graduate program in Special Education for Teaching the Visually Impaired

•The Mary Black School of Nursing has the largest baccalaureate nursing program in South Carolina

•The School of Business Administration and Economics is one of 41 institutions worldwide with undergraduate-only programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

•The College of Arts and Sciences offers more than 20 majors, experiential learning opportunities, excellent research projects and creative activities, and significant outreach and service initiatives

•The USC Upstate Spartans 2007-08 season marks a move to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I in all 15 sports as a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference

•Nearly 16,000 students have earned their degrees with 85% of graduates remaining in the Upstate to build their lives and careers

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