USC Regional Campuses – Critical state resources
As South Carolinians strive to improve the quality of their lives, many residents across our state find themselves able to earn a college degree only through the USC regional campuses: Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter and Union.
The 4,619 students currently enrolled at USC Regional Campuses rely on the campus' proximity to earn their associate or bachelor degree. In these counties, which rank at or near the bottom for households with registered vehicles, convenience is a critical factor in whether students are able to attend college.
Since 1958, these six campuses have served their communities through their libraries, performing and cultural arts venues, small business development services, and special programs that meet a community's particular needs. For example, USC Salkehatchie graduated its first class of nurses in May 2010. Part of a rural nursing partnership program, the majority of those students are now working in the rural communities served by USC Salkehatchie. The program enables place-bound students to live at home while obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Another example is USC Union's Opportunity Scholars Program, which provides support for students who are the first in their families to attend college and who qualify for significant amounts of financial aid. Both campuses are hubs for hundreds of area K-12 teachers who enroll each year in programs to complete their recertification requirements.
The USC Regional Campuses are a low investment; high output solution to South Carolina's most pressing education needs.
- Current state appropriation for the regional campuses: $7,391,670 ( 1.1123% of the state's total higher education appropriation of $664,570,497)
- In 2009-10, USC Regional Campuses generated $5,245,844 in tuition dollars; $2,359,515 in federal grants - which includes federal financial aid; and $9,959,645 in state and local grants, contracts, sales and services and other operating revenues.
- USC Regional Campuses and their buildings:
|REGIONAL CAMPUS SQUARE FOOTAGE & BUILDING NUMBER|
|TOTAL BUILDINGS||GROSS AREA||NON E&G||E&G|
The USC Regional Campuses employ many in their regions and through payroll and benefits, provide great economic impact in their areas.
|REGIONAL CAMPUS EMPLOYEES - CLASSIFIED & UNCLASSIFIED|
|2009-2010 Salary/Fringe Expenditures|
|Lancaster||$9,509,863||Total all funds - A, D, E, F ,G ,K|
|$6,581,002||A Funds only|
|Salkehatchie||$6,208,733||Total all funds - A, C ,E ,F ,G ,H, K|
|$3,849,896||A Funds only|
|All funds - A, C, D, E, F, G ,H, K, L|
|$6,475,854||A Funds only|
|Union||$2,785,493||Total all funds - A ,C ,E ,F ,G|
|$1,799,032||A Funds only|
|**information based on Intranet - Post-close July 31, 2010|