JCCC to raise mill levy & tuition

At their monthly meeting, the JCCC Board of Trustees voted to increase the mill levy and to increase the student activities fee per credit hour. Now some may argue that this fee is not tuition but it is assessed per credit hour, like tuition, and it must be paid at the same time one pays tuition. Call it whatever you want, but it’s a tuition increase.

According to trustees, the increase is to help  provide scholarships. Clearly the board thinks we’re a bunch of idiots because we all know that a primary focus area for the JCCC Foundation is providing scholarships.  It does that with Dollars for Scholars and Some Enchanted EveningIt also holds special events like Spice! with Wolfgang Puck.

BTW, JCCC wouldn’t need to increase the student activities fee to fund scholarships, if it didn’t keep raising tuition.

But you’re saying “What about all those scholarships that need to be funded?”

Perhaps the JCCC Foundation should  stop forcing the college to construct buildings simply to name after donors and do something more practical like seeking permission from the funders of unawarded scholarships to temporarily shift those funds to the scholarships students need most.

Let me tell you, I’ve gotten full scholarships from JCCC because I was the only one who applied. I’ve also applied for and gotten scholarships from JCCC because the people in charge of  those funds begged me to submit an application because they had money to give away — literally.

OK this was more of a rant than I’d anticipated. I just meant to offer some clarification on JCCC raising the mill levy and tuition…

Posted April 18 to the Johnson County Community College electronic mail server, Infolist:

On April 18 the JCCC board of trustees met for their regular monthly meeting and the annual budget workshop.

Awards and recognition

The board recognized sophomore guard DaShawn Harden and sophomore forward Kathleen Brisbane, who were recently named to the 2013 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Junior/Community College Coaches’ All-America team. Harden was selected to the 10-member first team, and Brisbane garnered honorable mention honors. They are the sixth and seventh players in JCCC history to earn WBCA All-America accolades. The pair helped the Lady Cavaliers to a 30-2 record, a No. 1 final season ranking, and a second straight East Jayhawk Conference championship. Harden led JCCC in scoring, averaging 14.3 points per game, and Brisbane was second with a 10.8 per game average.

Naming

The board approved naming a gallery on the second floor of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art after George and Floriene Lieberman. The space, to be called the George and Floriene Lieberman Gallery, is located adjacent to the Irma Starr Gallery and the Barton P. Cohen and Mary D. Cohen Gallery. It is dedicated to showcasing the museum’s permanent collection, which includes numerous works that are part of the Oppenheimer Collection. The collection is supported by Marti and Tony Oppenheimer; the Liebermans are Marti Oppenheimer’s parents. The Oppenheimers have gifted more than $2.6 million to the college and the Nerman Museum over the last 20 years.

Budget workshop

The trustees reviewed the college’s proposed 2013-2014 budget. For 2013-2014, the primary operating budget will be $137,697,946; it has been built on these assumptions:

    • The college will see a 1 percent increase in assessed valuation from the county and a 2 percent decrease in funding from the state. Motor vehicle revenue will remain unchanged.
    • The college will experience a 3 percent decrease in enrollment.
    • There will be no increase in tuition, but the student activities credit-hour fee will increase by $1.
    • Expense budgets will be reduced by $5 million after salary raises and other adjustments are applied. This will primarily be in the area of salaries and benefits.
    • The mill levy for 2013-2104 will increase by 1 mill.

The board will approve the college’s 2013-2014 operating budget at the May board meeting and its legal budget in August.

Other actions taken

    • The board approved the treasurer’s report for February 2013.
    • The board approved a new course in journalism and the deletion of courses in game development, information technology and cosmetology as well as the advanced esthetics certificate.
    • The board approved clinical affiliate agreements for these programs: administration of justice, business, computer science and information technology, dental hygiene, early childhood education, emergency medical science, health care interpreting, hospitality management, nursing, polysomnography, practical nursing and health occupations, respiratory care and health and human services.
    • Trustees Greg Musil and Jon Stewart will serve on a nominating committee to nominate board officers, liaisons, and committee chairs and members for 2013-2015. The nominations will be announced at the June trustee meeting.

Next meeting

The next regular meeting of the JCCC board of trustees is at 5 p.m. May 9 in the Hugh W. Speer Board Room, 137 GEB. Board of trustee meetings are open to the public. For more details, see a copy of the board packet at http://www.jccc.edu/files/pdf/board/packets/2013/apr-13.pdf.

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