Linking college construction and tuition

So why is it that even though enrollment at most state-funded colleges and universities is at record or near-record levels, tuition has continued to skyrocket over the past decade, up 100 percent or more in some cases?

Look no further than a South Carolina law which ties a college’s tuition revenue to the amount of debt it can take on for bricks-and-mortar projects, according to this report by The Nerve.

The bottom line: the more students that schools get in their doors, the more money they can get their hands on for building.

That helps explain why the state’s major schools such as Clemson and the University of South Carolina continue to spend big bucks on building even when budget shortfalls result in things like entire departments having their phone service cut off.

USC is one of the most egregious offenders. The university is building a multimillion-dollar athletics village and recently the school’s board signed off on some $239 million in additional capital projects, The Nerve reported.

This at a time when the nation’s worsening economy has taken a $2 billion bite out of the state’s general fund over the past few years.

A sidebar to the above is that many student body leaders see nothing wrong with building willy-nilly while raising tuition rates at astronomical levels. Some appear to be little more than mouthpieces for university administration, in fact.

Taylor Cain, USC’s student government vice president, told The Nerve that the university administration has done an excellent job preventing her school’s state funding cuts from affecting the quality of its education offerings “even though higher education in this state might not be a priority for the Legislature and the governor.”

But when questioned Cain said she was not aware of how the university’s tuition revenue serves as a backstop for its construction debt, nor of academic departments having their phones turned off because of budget cuts.

One thought on “Linking college construction and tuition

  1. Nationwide college tuitions began to escalate beyond the reach of the average American back in the early 80’s with the influx of wealthy foreign nationals, primarily from the Middle East. The statements were US colleges and universities were the best in the world which is bunk. Some of the best universities in the world are in Europe.

    The influx was in advance of today’s current acts of terrorism: not only recruitment but to infiltrate major corporations and the federal government – including the military and agencies such as the FBI — not only to discern weaknesses and failures in both security of the business itself but of the nation as a whole. In this respect, they more than succeeded.

    College tuition is now out of reach of most middle income families so it certainly is for low income families, of which more families are added daily. Some of these individuals don’t have the high school history to enter or complete college anyway, the tuition cost issue is just another source of racial whining in the face of the criminal and welfare activity.

    For other families,information on grants, etc., are rarely provided and, despite the crime and violence in today’s high schools, countless kids manage to achieve the grades needed for college entry but don’t have the funds thus they are forced to either incur massive debts on student loans in order to achieve a dream or scrape the dream and hope they can pick it up later.

    The high tech industry market is over saturated with too many jobs going overseas, and the running of America by foreign nationals – primarily out of the Middle East — is out of control. One fine example of this is Obama relying on Saudi Arabia for security information on the recent bomb threats aboard cargo planes. Now why was this necessary?

    Who is actually running America? The very factions responsible for the 9/11 Attacks and the Murrah Bombing. The plan all along.

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