COLUMBIA — Higher education leaders say meeting a statewide goal to boost the percentage of South Carolina adults with a four-year degree or higher from 22 to 29 percent is going to be a tough job.

And it’s going to cost some money.

College and university presidents at Gov. Nikki Haley’s higher education conference in Columbia today said they need resources to help students. And they are ready to take an active role in reforming how their institutions are funded to hopefully provide more services for those students.

Haley began discussing higher education funding reform with college and university leaders soon after she took office in 2011. But reform efforts have not yet taken root.

At today’s conference, hundreds of administrators, board members, and legislators are discussing how to re-launch the effort.

Read more in Thursday’s editions of The Post and Courier. Reach Diane Knich at 937-5491 or on Twitter @dianeknich.