When the Budget and Control Board meets today, members are expected to consider implementing a moratorium on new building projects on public college and university campuses. The purpose: keeping tuition down.
But university administrators are really concerned about that. Bill Hendrix is a member of Clemson University’s Board of Trustees.
Tuition at the state’s four-year schools is the highest in the South. But college and university leaders say it’s not new building projects, but a lack of state support that is driving up tuition. West Virginia is the only Southern state that funds its colleges less.
University of South Carolina Vice President for Finance and Planning William Moore says the great majority of so-called building projects at USC in the engineering phase or construction phase are just to maintain the buildings they already have.
Seventy percent of those are deferred maintenance items like leaking roofs or health and safety items, like putting sprinklers in dorms, improving fire alarm systems and so on. Those are projects that would impact our mission.
Governor Mark Sanford is pushing the construction moratorium.