Category Archives: Higher Education

Lawmaker: What About the Debt?

Sen. Kevin Bryant, a member of the Joint Other Funds Oversight Committee, questions an S.C. Commission on Higher Education official as to when the agency is going to do something besides ask for more money. Bryant, R-Anderson, raised the question … Continue reading

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Clemson Sustainability Program in Line for $445,000 in State Funds

A Clemson University program that at least one legislator thought would be better suited for state government was recommended to receive nearly $450,000 in state funding last week. The S.C. Commission on Higher Education got approval from the Joint Other … Continue reading

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S.C. State Gets an ‘Incomplete’ on Budget Request

Details may not be South Carolina State University’s strong suit, at least when it comes to budgetary matters. The school, already under scrutiny for alleged financial mismanagement related to millions of dollars earmarked for the James E. Clyburn University Transportation … Continue reading

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Not all in Agreement on Plan for College of Charleston Dorm

Warwick Jones Citizen Reporter The Charleston County Board of Architectural Review recently gave conceptual approval for a new College of Charleston dormitory plan. The dormitory is to house 400 students and would be located on lots behind King Street that presently … Continue reading

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Amid Building Spree, Schools Should Ponder Tuition Costs

Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom notes during the Dec. 15 Budget and Control Board meeting that several state universities are seeking approval for multi-million-dollar projects. Eckstrom says it would be nice if these schools could find a way to cut back on … Continue reading

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SmartState Job, Investment Numbers Leave Questions

Many of South Carolina’s high-ranking researchers are hobnobbing with politicians and business leaders today at the swanky Charleston Place Hotel, site of the first-ever SmartState program national conference. The three-day event, which ends Tuesday, is designed to expose state, national … Continue reading

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As Tuition at S.C. Universities Increases, So Does Administrator Pay

We’ve all heard it before: Tuition at South Carolina’s public universities and colleges is rising; state appropriations for higher education are falling; and it’s something that has been going on for years. There is, however, at least one budgetary commitment … Continue reading

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S.C. Tech System Says it Needs Money, but Goes on Hiring Spree

For a system that’s crying poor, the S.C. State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education has several institutions in the midst of a hiring frenzy. Of 580 openings listed on the official South Carolina state jobs page earlier this month, … Continue reading

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Report: S.C. Needs Higher Education Overhaul

From a troubled transportation center at South Carolina State University to a botched biomass plant at USC, South Carolina’s taxpayer-supported colleges and universities have pursued some costly misadventures in the recent past. But these problematic projects, notably the University of … Continue reading

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State Agencies Cry Poverty While Amassing Large Surpluses

South Carolina’s 33 public colleges and universities collectively amassed nearly $900 million in “unrestricted” assets – generally surplus money that can be spent on anything – as of June 30, according to year-end financial statements reviewed by The Nerve. In … Continue reading

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