ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.
This report focuses on three key aspects of public higher education in the state of South Carolina: cost and effectiveness, general education requirements, and governance structures. First, we gauge cost and effectiveness by asking how much families are paying to attend schools, how the schools are using that money, and what are students getting in return. We then examine general education in South Carolina-—those courses usually completed within the first two years of a bachelor's degree program to ensure a common intellectual background, as well as college-level skills critical to success in the workforce. Finally, we turn our attention to governance structures as seen through actions taken by the state's Commission on Higher Education and by institutional boards of trustees. ACTA's hope is that this report will be an urgent call to action-—to help the citizens and policymakers of South Carolina strengthen the states public higher education system and demonstrate leadership in being "Prepared in Mind and Resources."
The South Carolina Motto “Animis Opibusque Parati,” or “Prepared in Mind and Resources,” underscores the fundamental importance the state places on knowledge and learning; and since 1777, this motto has been a part of the state’s Great Seal. CONTINUE READING>>
While Gov. Nikki Haley is right about the need to fund the state's colleges and universities based on performance, that is but a step toward repairing our poorly structured higher-education system.… Continue Reading >>
Many South Carolina public colleges and universities are excessively expensive and have strayed too far from their core mission: educating students, according to a recent study by a Columbia-based… Continue Reading >>
From a troubled transportation center at South Carolina State University to a botched biomass plant at USC, South Carolina’s taxpayer-supported colleges and universities have pursued some costly… Continue Reading >>