ACC regents approve dual credit fee for AISD students
Alvin Community College regents approved a $25 per credit hour fee for Alvin Independent School District students taking dual credit classes on high school campuses during a regular meeting on March 24.
The fee was recommended by the ACC Tuition and Fees Committee which has been looking for ways to deal with the reduction in state appropriations for the past two years and the anticipated further reduction this fall by legislators.
ACC board member ‘Bel Sanchez, who is the director for Bilingual and ESL Services for AISD and the only regent to vote against the fee, expressed concern that it would prevent economically disadvantaged students from attending college.
According to Sanchez, 157 Alvin High School and 94 Manvel High School students currently taking dual credit courses are considered economically disadvantaged.
“I can tell you they won’t be able to sign up for those classes (in the fall),” she said.
Dual credit classes are courses that can be applied to high school and college requirements simultaneously and have been offered to AISD students taking classes on the high school campuses at no charge.
“It’s been a good thing to be able to do it for free, but times dictate that you can only do what you can do,” ACC Regent Mike Pyburn said.
There are 753 AISD students currently enrolled in dual credit classes this spring semester. The new fee will not go into effect until fall 2011.
ACC Dean of Financial and Administrative Services Dr. Darryl Stevens advised regents that the committee was also planning to soon recommend a registration fee change from $21 to $30 for all students, which would affect Pearland Independent School District dual credit students taking dual credit classes on high school campuses.
“The reason that this is included here is we’re trying to get the word out to the dual credit counselors in the high schools because they’re talking to kids right now,” Stevens stated.
In other matters, regents unanimously approved ACC’s annual property insurance coverage through Victory Insurance Agency, Inc. following a discussion regarding the bidding process.
Pyburn told the board that discussions with other insurance company representatives revealed that the 30-day open period was insufficient time to prepare bid packages to the college which resulted in low responses and a feeling that the process was not fair.
In response and agreement, board member Karlis Ercums, III, made a motion to open bidding for 90 days for the next annual insurance renewal process. The motion passed unanimously.
During the meeting, regents also approved: audited fund balance for 2009-2010 academic year; annual employee contracts; annual grant, award and contract proposals; several personnel matters; financial report ending January 2011 and the check register.
The next regular ACC Board of Regents meeting will be April 28.