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      University merger compromise passes SC committee

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The House budget-writing committee has advanced a bill to create a research university within the College of Charleston.

      The Ways and Means Committee approved the compromise Tuesday. An earlier version would have forced a merger between the College of Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina. The amended bill would keep MUSC and CofC separate entities that collaborate to offer doctoral degrees underneath the larger moniker of the University of Charleston, South Carolina.

      The University of Charleston, South Carolina would not be allowed to duplicate any degree programs offered in the Charleston region.

      Sponsored by Charleston Reps. Jim Merrill and Leon Stavrinakis, the bill is intended to meet South Carolina's growing manufacturing and technical workforce needs.

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