BALTIMORE (WJZ)— More than $300 million—that’s how much Maryland taxpayers have contributed to Coppin State University.

It’s an investment to help raise graduation rates, which Andrea Fujii explains is one of the lowest in the state.

With 3,800 students, Coppin State University is growing, adding two large buildings in the last several years.

“It’s a newer place so it promotes the learning experience I would say,” said Joseph Bell, Coppin student.

State comptroller Peter Franchot toured the facilities, examining how the state’s more than $300 million was spent.

“You see the type of stress that this region is under,” Franchot said. “This institution is going to lead the way back to a great recovery.”

Including the school’s recovery from a low graduation rate: 15 percent. That’s compared to the University of Maryland at 82 percent and Towson University at 64 percent.

Coppin students say some of their peers can’t stay in school.

“A lot of people from the community face obstacles besides school, if it’s work, if it’s home, just lack of resources,” said Nia Taft, Coppin student.

And the school president says some students just aren’t ready.

“Some students may not be as prepared as they should be academically and we have to address those needs,” said Dr. Reginald Avery, Coppin University President.

But he says new physical education and health and human services buildings are a start to getting the school back on track.

And by the fall of 2012 the school expects to break ground on a new science and technology building right across the street.

“Brand new facilities are great, but if they don’t do anything to help us, our students, then we’ve missed the boat,” Avery said.

The university’s graduation rate has increased 2 percent over the last year. But the president hopes to double it to at least 30 percent within the next several years.

The new science and technology building is expected to cost $80 million.

Comments (7)
  1. moleman says:

    Pssst, If you build a new basketball arena, the brothas will come.

  2. Steve Wilson says:

    $300 million down the tubes. The least they could have done was dump it down the Baltimore City schools tubes.

  3. A Lennart Jönsson says:

    What good is a college graduate who has had their hand held while being spoon-fed? What’s next? $300 million to help graduates retain JOBS they ALSO can’t handle? Where does it end?

  4. Stupidity Rules says:

    Maybe they have their entry standards set too low.

  5. Debbie says:

    Instead of seeing the problem for what it is their solution is to always dump more money on ti., which never works. The students aren’t prepared because despite the “glowing “reports our officals give our lower schools, they can’t read and write when they graduate.

  6. Fed Up says:

    Another waste of money the state does not have. Who approves these transactions? Someone should fired for this type of waste. You cannot force people to learn, but I’m guessing the majority of their education is free in some form of entitlement program.

  7. whatnow says:

    Spending money to prepare more graduates to become Occupiers!

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

More From CBS Baltimore

Track Weather On The Go With Our App!
CBS All Access

Watch & Listen LIVE