The S.C. House budget leader is interested in hiring a national consultant to see how public colleges can do a better job of spending tax and tuition dollars.
House Ways and Means Chairman Brian White, R-Anderson, wants a funding a statewide college efficiency and accountability review of what budget leaders called "an unsustainable growth pattern."
Rick Ferraro, a cost management expert with Deloitte Consulting in Virginia, will speak to a House budget subcommittee meeting Tuesday. White plans to bring in other experts.
Funding for S.C. public colleges has risen by about one-third since 2006 to $4.4 billion with tuition rising at four-year schools by nearly 17 percent over the last five years, House budget leaders said.
White will look at regulatory changes to help improve efficiency at schools as well as ways to better spend money on campus.
State colleges have complained about the cost of project delays from the layers of review and approval needed from S.C. agencies.
Similar reviews have led to more than $125 million in state funding savings at flagship state schools in North Carolina and California, the S.C. House budget leaders said.