CCU faculty from numerous different colleges and departments came out for a drink and good discussion on election day, November 8, during AAUP/AFT-CCU’s Fall Social in Market Common. This was AAUP/AFT’s first face-to-face social since the pandemic. We were joined by several new members, as well as by new faculty, who took this opportunity to meet some of their colleagues across different disciplines.
Later that evening, we rejoiced doubly when we found out that voters once again approved the continuation of the Horry County “penny sales” tax, which has raised nearly $1 billion since 2008 to fund capital improvements for public education in our county. Voters approved the tax by over two thirds. Since its establishment over 100 years ago, the AAUP has been a staunch defender of public education in the United States. In 2011, in its Campaign for the Future of Higher Ed Principles, the AAUP noted that “quality higher education in the 21st century will require substantially more public investment over current levels”. It also challenged elected officials to “recognize high quality, affordable higher education and increased college attainment as public goods worthy of a public investment.”