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ERIC Number: ED500572
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
An Assessment of South Carolina Higher Education Facilities Conditions & Measuring Deferred Maintenance. Special Report
South Carolina Commission on Higher Education
For the current study, institutions evaluated education and general (E&G) buildings on their campuses using an assessment format established in the original deferred maintenance study conducted in 1994. The joint study, "Deferred Maintenance, An Analysis of South Carolina's Facilities Portfolio," conducted by the Commission on Higher Education (CHE) and the Budget & Control Board (B&CB) provided a way to measure the condition of the state's higher education physical resources and to quantify the funding needed to maintain quality and correct deficiencies. A professional research analyst was employed to direct the study in which data were gathered by surveying institutions using criteria established by the Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers. State and institutional administrators considered the methodology developed to be fair and objective. CHE approved a proposal to conduct a study of deferred maintenance and requested $300,000 in appropriated funds in FY 1999-2000 to support this important initiative. However, funds to conduct the study were not appropriated. Recognizing the importance of building assessments and in the absence of a statewide study, institutions have been tasked to evaluate E&G buildings on their campuses on a three-year cycle. CHE updated the original study in 2003 using the same framework for analysis. That report indicated a backlog of approximately $603 million. Evaluations completed in spring 2007 are the basis for this report. Only facilities with 25 or more space classified as E&G were surveyed. Of those, only owned facilities are reflected in this report. The data are also submitted to the CHE Management Information System (CHEMIS) and used in evaluating requests for Capital Improvement Bonds and responding to legislative requests. Across the country, higher education institutions are dealing with the issue of deferred maintenance. Brief descriptions of four studies of note are described herein for Kansas, Florida, Kentucky, and North Carolina. The report just concluded identified current deferred maintenance needs at South Carolina public institutions of approximately $797 million. (Contains 2 figures.)
South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. 1333 Main Street Suite 200, Columbia, SC 29201. Tel: 803-737-2260; Fax: 803-737-2297; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, Columbia.
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina