The Charleston area has an older population. The average age of a worker is 53. That increases the need to train a new generation of workers to take over those jobs when people retire.
In addition, the demographics increase demand for health care workers to take care of those retirees.
In pushing for legislation this spring to enable this merger, Badgley and Harris put students and the community first.
The multi-campus model envisioned in this case is being used elsewhere in the state, and other colleges and universities across the state should explore similar possibilities.
Public support for higher education is limited, as are the opportunities for tuition increases.
Finding efficiencies is a must for higher education.