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The two interstate highways crossing South Carolina I-85 and I-95 do not intersect, either literally or figuratively, in this state. Both roadways were built on hopes of increasing prosperity, but only one has delivered that promise to those who live alongside its corridors. The I-95 corridor represents half the population living alongside I-85, but twice the unemployment and demonstrably higher rates of poverty.
Miles To Go South Carolina (2002)

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College Enrollment and Retention in Southern Education States
Click to view the full article (PDF) More than a third of the nations college freshmen (34.8%) attend colleges in Southern Education States. At graduation, this number drops only slightly to 31.4% of all postsecondary credentials awarded. Continuous enrollment is critical to earning a degree. Whether they attend a 2-year or 4-year college, students who stay in school their freshman year are more likely to graduate. Rarely will a freshmen dropout return to earn a degree. For this reason, college retention is an important measure of success.
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