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Release – Higher Education Transparency Act of 2011

December 1, 2010

Office of the Speaker

SOUTH CAROLINA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 1, 2010

Contact: Greg Foster

(803) 734-3125

gregfoster@schouse.gov

House Announces Plan for

Greater Transparency in Higher Education Spending

House Members, Speaker Harrell & University Presidents to prefile the

Higher Education Transparency Act of 2011

(Columbia, SC) – At a State House Press Conference held earlier today, House Members and House Speaker Bobby Harrell, along with several College and University Presidents announced their plan to prefile legislation requiring our state’s Colleges and Universities to publicly disclose all expenditures online. The House has set two prefile dates, December 7th and December 14th.

“With another tight budget year ahead of us, we must ensure that every tax dollar is being spent wisely,” Speaker Harrell said. “This added level of transparency will make our state’s institutions of Higher Learning more accountable to taxpayers and make certain that core functions are being pursued. A greater focus on core spending functions at the institutional level is a crucial cost savings tool that will help us address budget shortfalls without raising taxes.”

Under the House’s Higher Education Transparency Act of 2011, state Colleges and Universities will be required to post online a monthly registry of all expenditures and dollar amounts – prominently displayed on their official websites for the public to see.

House Education & Public Works Committee Chairman, Phil Owens said, “This is yet another step the House is taking to make your state government more transparent and accountable. Every dollar the government spends should be accounted for, and the Higher Education Transparency Act’s online registry is an important step in making that happen.”

Harrell added, “Our state College and University Presidents, Board Members and Higher Education leaders deserve real credit for putting this transparency initiative into motion. They welcomed this move and worked with the House on creating this added level of public scrutiny to how your tax dollars are being spent.”

Higher Education Leaders attending today’s Transparency Press Conference included:

Aiken Technical College – President Susan Winsor

Central Carolina Technical College – President Tim Hardee

The Citadel – Board of Visitors Allison Love & Dillion Golf

Clemson University – President Jim Barker

Coastal Carolina University – President David DeCenzo

College of Charleston – Board Chair Gregory Padgett

Francis Marion University – VP of Administration Charlene Wages

Midlands Technical College – President Sonny White

South Carolina State University – President George Cooper

Technical College of the Lowcountry – President Tom Leitzel

Tri-County Technical College – President Ronnie Booth

Trident Technical College – Vice President Skip Godow

University of South Carolina – President Harris Pastides

Winthrop University – Board Chair Kathy Bingham

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