From The Herald newspaper in Rock Hill, S.C.:

S.C. State University's board voted unanimously Tuesday to conduct an external audit on the James E. Clyburn University Transportation Center to find out how millions of state and federal dollars have been spent.

The audit will look at the program's management to determine what the university got for the grant money and whether it was used as intended.

The transportation center was once envisioned as a grand complex for transportation research and study. But the university now plans in the complex's first phase to house a maintenance garage for buses and an archive for Jim Clyburn's papers.

Clyburn, the U.S. House majority whip, is a graduate of S.C. State, South Carolina's only public historically black university.

The audit will be the first comprehensive review of the center, through which more than $50 million has flowed since it was launched in 1998. S.C. State leaders have about half that money on hand for the building's first phase. But they've been unable to explain where the rest of the money went.

I wonder where fraud and mismanagement rate on the list of reasons why tuition at public universities is skyrocketing.