Last updated: 3/6/2013 2:29:03 PM
The Yavapai College District Governing Board (DGB) held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 5 at the college’s Prescott campus. The five-member DGB, which is comprised of elected Yavapai County residents from five districts, is responsible for governing on behalf of and is accountable to Yavapai County taxpayers. Board members Dr. Dale Fitzner, Dr. Patricia McCarver, Robert Oliphant and Ray Sigafoos (Board Chair) were present at the meeting; Herald Harrington was unable to attend.
Dr. Greg Gillespie, Vice President of Instruction and Student Support Services, reported that a Higher Learning Commission team completed its on-site accreditation review of the college on March 5. During the exit review, the team commended the college for its performance in such areas as strategic planning, its transparent budget process, community involvement, student services and open communication. The HLC team expects to issue a written report on the accreditation review in three to six weeks.
Craig Lefever, director of the Adult Basic Education (ABE) program, reported on the college’s ABE program, which serves some 600 adult learners each year. He pointed out that nearly 20,000 Yavapai County residents age 18 and over have less than a high school education. He expects ABE enrollment to increase in the coming years, but that state funding for the program could be at risk.
The Board passed a resolution to move forward with a plan to issue and sell Revenue Bonds, Series 2013, not to exceed $5 million to finance renovation of on-campus student housing over the next two years. The college intends to place the bonds with a bank and pay them off over 15 years with revenue generated from the renovated on-campus housing. It is expected to take 6-8 weeks to finalize the transaction with the bank.
The Board passed a resolution to implement a new tuition schedule for the 2013-14 academic year. In the new plan, tuition is unchanged for all general education classes, which are taken by the majority of students and account for more than 60% of all classes offered. Tuition will be increased by $2 per student credit hour for lab, allied health and career technical courses. Tuition for the college’s Gunsmithing and Nursing courses will be increased by $23 and $29 per student credit hour, respectively. Tuition for Aviation Ground School courses will be decreased, and tuition for Digital Filmmaking remains unchanged. The Emergency Medical Services, Fire Science Academy course and Radiologic Technology programs will be increased to reflect higher instructional costs. Some additional tuition changes will by implemented for out-of-state students. The overall budget impact of these changes will be an estimated 3.8% increase in tuition revenue for the college. “The tuition proposal that we approved results in no increase for classes that most students take,” said DGB Chair Ray Sigafoos. “The increases are mainly in courses that now are included in high-cost and high-demand programs, such as nursing. We believe this is a fair and reasonable way for the college to remain fiscally responsible and continue to provide quality education for the people of Yavapai County.”
The Board’s next regular meeting is Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 1 p.m. on the Verde campus, Building M, Room 137, 601 Black Hills Drive in Clarkdale.
The full agenda for the March meeting with additional details about the above items is posted online at http://www.yc.edu/v4content/governing-board/minutes.htm
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