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ACTA PowerPoint Presentation by Dr. Michael Poliakoff


In case you weren’t able to attend the governor’s summit on higher education (held September 28, 2010), we are posting Dr. Michael Poliakoff’s PowerPoint presentation. Dr. Poliakoff is director of policy with the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA).

Highlights from his speech include:

–Nationwide, tuition is up almost 80 percent. Enrollment is up almost 15 percent, but administrative spending is up 40 percent.

–Instructional spending is up 26 percent.

–Likewise, tuition and fees have increased rapidly at all of South Carolina’s public higher-ed institutions. As our new fact sheet finds, in-state students have seen a 133 percent increase in tuition while out-of-state students have seen a 110 percent increase.

–4-year and 6-year graduation rates are staggeringly low in South Carolina. In fact, only one institution (The Citadel) has a 4-year graduation rate above 50 percent. Clemson’s rate is just at 50.2 percent.


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