Kellie sent me a few links from the Upstate on the worsening financial situation in our colleges.
- State Colleges Plan Layoffs (Greenville News)
- Greenville Tech considers four-day week to cut costs (Greenville News)
So, some colleges are cutting staff. One school is cutting salaries 10%. Clemson’s people face mandatory furloughs.
Something is rotten in the state of South Carolina.
One final point. Here’s a quote from one of the links above:
The state’s technical colleges served about 39,000 full-time equivalent students and got $171 million from the state in 2000, compared to 53,623 full-time equivalent students and $154 million from the state in 2008 before the budget cuts, Booth said.
So, we have more full-time students than ever in the technical college system, and we have to serve them with less money than we had eight years ago. Now, of course, we’re meant to serve them with much less money. The $154 million figure was pre-cut.
If you happen to be a student at one of South Carolina’s technical colleges and you wonder why your teachers might look a bit hurried … well that’s why.