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Document Number: 7313

A Closer Look: Appropriations to Higher Education (1982-2006) - The second “Closer Look” report is a longitudinal analysis of higher education appropriations in South Carolina and corresponding relationships to tuition and fee trends. Among the findings: general fund appropriations to two- and four-year public institutions increased 20% from 1983-84 to 2006-07; general fund appropriations per full-time equivalent enrollment (FTE) decreased 28%; South Carolina four- and two-year institutions have the second lowest appropriation per FTE among the 16 southeastern states; and in-state tuition and fees represent 16.6% of the median household income for South Carolinians – the highest proportion among the southeastern states. The authors conclude that there is a significant difference in how South Carolina funds education when compared with other southeastern states, and that difference has only increased over time. (Alliance for Research on Higher Education, Strom Thurmond Institute, Clemson University, Winter 2007) ...


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