ACC regents approve tuition increase for spring 2011 semester,
provide direction for 2010-2011 proposed budget
The Alvin Community College Board of Regents unanimously voted to increase tuition and provided direction for the 2010-2011 Maintenance and Operations Budget during a regular meeting on July 22.
Planning for the Texas Legislature’s reduction in funding and a possible shortfall in tax income from lowering property values within the college district for at least the next year or two, board members approved a tuition increase of $4 per credit hour for in-district residents and $8 per credit hour for out-of-district residents and additional fees to go into effect during the spring 2011 semester.
“We need to keep it reasonable because next year we may need to make a real change depending on what the legislature does,” Regent ‘Bel Sanchez said.
The new fees will include: $5 per course for technical programs; $15 Learning Resource Center fee per student; $10 Bursar’s Office fee per student; and $5 per official transcript request.
In April, board members approved a tuition increase of $4 per credit hour for in-district residents and $7 for out-of-district which goes into effect during the fall 2010 semester.
Despite enrollment increases at many community colleges throughout Texas, the state is mandating all higher education institutions to plan for a 5 percent decrease in funding each year until 2012. During last month’s board meeting, regents also directed staff to fund the next annual budget at last year’s tax rate.
Following a report by ACC President Dr. Rodney Allbright on the changes made to the proposed 2010-2011 Maintenance and Operations Budget, board members provided direction to administrators for its completion.
The proposed 2010-2011 budget of $23,992,916 represents a 1.6 percent increase over last year and will include funds for new positions and changing of one library part-time position to full-time. The new budget will address the record growth in enrollment and the annual salary step for faculty and staff.
Allbright also presented information regarding the Position Classification and Compensation Plan, which outlines the annual step increases for eligible employees.
“ACC was the first community college in Texas to have a Position Classification and Compensation Plan,” he stated.
Created in 1977, the object of the plan is to compare salaries throughout the state to keep them competitive at the college to aid in retention. Each step equates to a year and eligible employees receive a 3 percent increase each year for up to 11 years and 2 percent for 12 to 15 years. Employees with service over 15 years receive a longevity increase for every 5 years of service. Regents can vote to alter the plan at anytime.
Although board members agreed to maintain the step increase, they voted 5-4 in favor of providing a 2-percent increase for employees with over 15 years of service.
Prior to finalizing and approving the budget and college district tax rate, regents are waiting for the Brazoria County Tax Assessor-Collector to issue a certified effective tax rate.
Traditionally, a special meeting is called as soon as the effective tax rate is established in order to meet numerous legal requirements prior to anticipated budget approval near the end of August.
The budget is funded by three main sources, including state appropriations, tuition and fees and local tax revenues.
During the meeting, regents also approved the financial report ending June 30 and the check register.