USC To Face More Budget Cuts - DatelineCarolina

USC To Face More Budget Cuts

Dean Charles Bierbauer talks about the University's budget plans. Dean Charles Bierbauer talks about the University's budget plans.

By: Erika Hayes

Posted: 10:30 AM Mar. 3, 2010

The University of South Carolina will face significant budget cuts in the upcoming year as the state's legislature tries to make up for a shortfall in income.

The legislature cut funding for USC by 21% due to the state deficit.  The last round of cuts was in 2008 when the University lost 32% of its budget.  This adds up to a total loss of $103 million in the past two years.

University President Harris Pastides has said each college has already made significant cuts.  One thing they've done to help compensate is increase tuition.  Students paid an extra $200 per semester this year.

Dean Charles Beirbauer of the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies says more trimming will take some thought.

"We will be working for thing that we can do more effectively, more efficiently, without getting to the core of our responsibility which is education," said Dean Bierbauer.

University officials say state revenue makes up 16.3% of its budget.

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