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Thursday, August 11, 2011
Governor Nikki Haley (seated) signs H3410, the S.C. Higher Education Efficiency and Administrative Policies Act of 2011 that mandates state higher education institutions' spending records to be posted online and streamlines the processes involved in college purchasing and construction projects.

Community and college leaders and elected officials gathered at Tri-County Technical College's Easley Campus August 3 for Governor Nikki Haley (seated) to sign H3410, the S.C. Higher Education Efficiency and Administrative Policies Act of 2011 that mandates state higher education institutions' spending records to be posted online and streamlines the processes involved in college purchasing and construction projects.

 


Governor Haley Signs Efficiency Bill at Easley Campus

CONTACT:  JOHN LUMMUS, 646-1548

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             8/10/2011

                                                                        (By Lisa Garrett)

         EASLEY --- Community and college leaders and elected officials gathered at Tri-County Technical College's Easley Campus August 3 for Governor Nikki Haley to sign H3410, the S.C. Higher Education Efficiency and Administrative Policies Act of 2011 that mandates state higher education institutions' spending records to be posted online and streamlines the processes involved in college purchasing and construction projects.

         "We are committed to the process.  Now there is better accountability in higher education and no questions of where dollars are going," said Governor Haley.  "Today is the first of many improvements in higher education that I think all of South Carolina can be very proud of."

         Governor Haley added that the law joins together both flexibility and transparency for the State's higher education institutions.

         This bill requires that by the end of this fiscal year all higher education institutions will have their spending records online.  Today one half of the state universities' spending records are posted online and half of the technical colleges are online.  Tri-County's transactions can be viewed online at www.tctc.edu and clicking on About Tri-County, then Financial Transparency.  

         Dr. Ronnie L. Booth, president of Tri-County Technical College, said the signing of the bill is "a banner day in the Upstate and for higher education in the state of South Carolina."

         Tri-County was among the first technical colleges to put spending records online voluntarily, Dr. Booth said.  He said the bill reflects how "regulatory relief and transparency go hand in hand."

         Also part of the bill is regulatory relief for building projects, said Dr. Booth.

         Currently, whenever a public college in South Carolina decides to undertake a development project, it has to get the approval of the Commission on Higher Education, then the Joint Bond Review Committee, and finally the Budget and Control Board.  When a design and budget are put together, the college must get approvals once again from the three boards. 

         Under this new bill, the requests now will be sent to the Joint Bond Review Committee and Budget and Control Board at the same time. The Bond Review Committee gives the final approval.  The bill also limits the number of projects that require State approval.

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