USC President offers tuition freeze in exchange for state money | Schools
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides offered to freeze increases on tuition for three years if state leaders would provide more state funding.
The president offered the deal in his annual State of the University Address Wednesday.
Pastides said the identity of USC is captured four ways: recognition as a research university, student experience, developing flexible new models for access and affordability and its role in the state's economic and overall well-being. He delivered the speech on the historic Horseshoe along with a performance by the USC marching band.
"Applications and enrollment are at an all-time high," he said. "This year more than 23,000 students applied to the Columbia campus, and of those 5,000 were enrolled. Last year 349 freshmen enrolled in the Honors College, this year our scholars increased to 411 with an average SAT score of 1431 and an average High School GPA of 4.61. Last year 537 freshmen were named Capstone Scholars, this year we have 760."
The University's hiring of 120 new faculty in 2013 takes it closer to a goal of 500 new faculty by 2015.
Pastides also mentioned four programs that improve access, affordability and flexibility for students: Gamecock Gateway, Gamecock Guarantee, Palmetto College and On Your Time Graduation. He said the University has a $4.1 billion impact on the state of South Carolina.
"More than 400 invention disclosures have been filed by our faculty over the past five years and 86 licenses representing 120 USC-developed technologies have been issued," he said.
"With aviation companies moving to the state, USC is positioning itself to provide the R & D partnership they need. The McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research focuses on research that will not only bring recognition to our university, but will also ensure South Carolina’s position as a global aerospace leader."
"I will ask state government to agree to a three year moratorium on tuition increase in return for increased state funding," he said. "I’ll ask the state to recognize that unfunded mandates relating to government determined faculty and staff raises, increases in employer health insurance contributions and increases in energy costs have been borne by our students and their families and this is not fair."
Pastides also announced an upgrade for the University's web site, sc.edu.
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