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CUPSA 2011

A Review of the Clemson University Public Service Activities  
August 2011


Members of the General Assembly requested the Legislative Audit Council to conduct an audit of the Clemson University Public Service Activities (PSA).  The requesters were concerned about expenditures, activities as they relate to PSA’s mission, duplication of effort with other entities, and executive-level staff responsibilities and compensation.

Clemson PSA, established through Clemson’s status as a land-grant institution, is a network of research and outreach programs serving the citizens of South Carolina.  In addition to promoting research in areas of agriculture and environmental science, PSA programs provide extension services to the public in the form of community development, leadership, and youth programs such as 4-H. 

Clemson PSA receives funding from several sources, including state general funds, federal funds through grant allocations, and other funds from fees for services, sales of publications, products and programs offered, local support funds, and returns from sponsored research.