The Board of Trustees voted to increase tuition a further $1 for in-state students and $3 for out-of-state students at its Feb. 16 meeting.
The tuition increase will be effective for the 2012-13 academic year. A tuition hike of $2 for in-state and $5 for out-of-state students passed at the Board’s Nov. 17, 2011 meeting, making the total tuition increase $3 for in-state and $8 for out-of-state students.
The additional tuition increase will allow the college to designate $1 of tuition to upgrading classroom equipment and furniture.
“It is only with a great deal of regret that I have voted for these increases, but at the same time, I am thankful that our tuition continues to be considerably less than other 4-year institutions,” said Trustee Bob Drummond. “I find this always to be one of the most troubling recommendations that comes before this body each year.”
College president Terry Calaway said the increase will raise about $450,000 annually.
The motion did not pass without opposition.
“I think it’s very important for us to have the latest technology, and we did increase tuition in 2010 for that purpose…I do believe we should have excellent classroom environment,” said Trustee Jerry Cook. “I just frankly believe that we can find this $400- to $450,000 in our capital budget, or other sources in the budget and not at the expense of student tuition so that’s why I will continue to vote ‘no’ on this issue.”
Trustees Stephanie Sharp and Jerry Cook voted against the motion, but ultimately the motion passed.
Compiled by Rachel Kimbrough.