Governor Mark Sanford is joining in the criticism of the state’s college tuition rates, calling them “grossly unfair to South Carolina parents trying to make ends meet in a tough economy and hoping to send their children to one of the institutions their tax dollars have supported for years.”
The additional insult, says Sanford, is that higher education institutions have spent at least $730 million on capital improvements in the past three years–including what Sanford calls “dubious projects like USC’s still floundering Innovista campus” and the fact that private donations have been up for some of these schools. He cites the Medical University of South Carolina’ record high $77 million and the University of South Carolina taking in a record $117 million.
For the short term, the governor wants the State Budget and Control Board to pass a moratorium on public colleges and universities undertaking capital improvements. He did not put that to the board in last week’s meeting, however.
Sanford also calls for a statewide Board of Regents for oversight and statewide coordination that he says the higher education system lacks.