Tag Archives: University of South Carolina

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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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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Pastides Shows He’s No Renaissance Man

There’s no doubt that University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides is well-educated. With a doctoral degree in epidemiology from Yale University Graduate School, a master’s of public health from Yale University School of Medicine, and bachelor’s degrees in biology … Continue reading

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USC Circumvents State Law, Creates New Lobbying Position

Circumventing a new state law designed to eliminate taxpayer-funded lobbying, the University of South Carolina has created a new State House lobbying job and hired a high-profile political operative to fill the position at a cool $135,000 per year. Trey … Continue reading

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Tuition Link Raises Questions about USC Building Projects

University of South Carolina administrators were not necessarily acting out of the goodness of their hearts when they admitted more freshmen than ever to the Columbia campus this fall. And last fall. Indeed, as Carolina collegiates begin hitting the books … Continue reading

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USC Skims Grants to Finish Innovista Building

It’s been nearly half a decade since the University of South Carolina began the Discovery I building on its Innovista research campus, but the school finally appears to have a plan in place to complete the structure. Continue reading

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Proviso Aims To Eliminate State-Funded Lobbying

South Carolina taxpayers would save $1 million under a state budget proviso the S.C. House has adopted that aims to eliminate publicly funded lobbying by state agencies. Continue reading

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Political Turbulence Over Aviation Center?

S.C. Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt supports a proposed University of South Carolina aviation research center, though he couldn’t change Gov. Nikki Haley’s mind about her opposition to a $5 million appropriation for the project, according to a lawmaker who pushed … Continue reading

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