Job cuts looming at USC Lancaster

Posted March 12, 2014 6:03 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

A number of job cuts are looming at the University of South Carolina’s Lancaster campus.

The state supported school announced late Wednesday plans to cut 11 administrative positions, two instructors and “several” temporary employees, citing ongoing cuts in state appropriations.

Described as an adjustment to the school’s “business model” USCL Campus Dean Walt Collins says the plan will remain in place until a “fair funding formula” can be established by the S.C. Legislature.

“This experience reflects a national trend that is acutely present here in South Carolina,” Collins said. “The difficult adjustments we undertake now will ensure that we continue to effectively educate students and prepare them to be better citizens; qualified at the highest standard of their chosen profession.”

Collins reported several cost-cutting measures enacted over the last 15 months: cutting auxiliary programs running as deficits, reducing personnel through attrition, reducing travel and professional development expenses and cutting some athletics programs.