Board will consider reduction in traditional tuition increase

Posted on 04.12.12 in Board of Governors, Press Release

At its April meeting this Friday, the MCC Board of Governors will be asked to approve an increase in tuition of $2 per credit hour for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Since 2004, Mohave Community College has raised tuition $4 or $5 per credit hour each year in order to bring the percentage of the overall cost of higher education paid by students into alignment with national ratios, and to offset revenue shortfalls from the state of Arizona.

Several other issues will be up for a vote by the Board. They will be asked to ratify the award of a contract for the installation of a larger water supply line on the Bullhead City campus.

Because of time constraints, and with prior approval of the Board, the contract was awarded by MCC President Michael Kearns to the low bidder, Lewis Equipment Services, in the amount of $256,300.

The Board will consider fee changes for two programs, Medical Assisting and GED testing. In the Medical Assisting program, two classes were retired, one added and one revised. There is no net change in fees to the students.

The GED testing fee, which is set by the state of Arizona, will be $80 for all five sections of the test and $15 per section for students to retest.

Another vote will involve a new regulation by the United States Department of Education that requires institutions of higher learning to obtain approval from other states when the college is operating within the boundaries of another state.

The Board will have to vote to allow MCC to enter into an agreement with neighboring states to offer courses and clinical instruction to MCC students, and in some instances, to approve the use of distance education faculty who reside in those states.

Another federal regulation, effective July 1, will require newly enrolled students to have a high school diploma or GED in order to receive federal financial aid. Previously, students only needed to show the ability to benefit from college instruction or to successfully complete six credit hours of college classes.

Dr. Michael Rourke, dean of instruction will report on two achievements in instructional programs. The Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic program was awarded initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs on March 16. The initial accreditation is good through March 31, 2017.

Also, the college recently learned that two employees, Buddy May and Mark Kregler, achieved Certified Welding Inspector certification from the American Welding Society. This certification means that students will no longer have to travel to another city to take welding tests for certification, further enhancing the improvements MCC has made in its welding program over the last two years.

The Board will also receive updates on legislation affecting education, on current events, strategic plan progress and on construction of the new Legacy Foundation Allied Health Sciences Building II on the campus in Bullhead City.

The Governing Board meeting will begin at 10:15 a.m., Friday, April 13 in the Interactive Television (ITV) classroom in Building 500 on the Neal Campus-Kingman, 1971 Jagerson Ave. It will be broadcast by ITV to Building 500 on the Bullhead City campus at 3400 Highway 95, the Lake Havasu City campus at 1977 Acoma Blvd., West, and the North Mohave campus at 480 S. Central. The public is invited to attend in person or by ITV.

At 10 a.m., prior to the regular monthly meeting, the Board will hold a Truth in Taxation hearing to vote on an increase in the district’s total primary property tax rate. A yes vote would allow the college to implement the 2 percent tax levy increase for inflation that is allowed by state law. This change will raise MCC’s tax levy from 0.01074 to 0.01095 for 2012-2013, generating  $384,484 from the additional levy of $2.15 per year on property valued at $100,000. The agenda for the hearing can be seen by going online to:

http://www.mohave.edu/documents/Board_of_Governors/2011-2012/BG_TNT_Agenda_04-13-2011.pdf

The public can view the full Board  meeting agenda, including appendices not exempt by ARS 38-431.0, in the library on each MCC campus within 24 hours prior to the scheduled meeting. They can obtain a copy through the Office of the President, 1971 Jagerson Ave., in Kingman, or go online to: : http://www.mohave.edu/documents/Board_of_Governors/2011-2012/BG_Agenda_04-13-2012.pdf

Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, MCC endeavors to assure accessibility to its programs, facilities and services to all persons with disabilities. Persons needing accommodation for this meeting can contact the Disability Services Office at 928-757-0813.

 

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