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WC Board approves institutional enrichment fee

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The Weatherford College Board of Trustees approved the implementation of an institutional enrichment fee during their meeting Thursday afternoon.

The fee goes into effect in the Spring 2020 semester at a rate of $10 per credit hour and will generate approximately $1.1 million in revenue based on 2018-19 enrollment data.

This institutional fee will assist in offsetting costs associated with various activities, campus events and other institutional enhancements, said Adam Finley, executive dean of student services.

“Historically, Weatherford College has not charged this type of fee.” Finley said.

In fact, until approval of the fee by the WC board, it was one of only four colleges in the state without such a fee. The others are Dallas County Community College, Tarrant County Community College and Central Texas College.

The $10 fee ranks WC as the 6th lowest student fee among the 50 community colleges in Texas.

In other business the board:

  • Approved the minutes from the August 2019 board meeting.
  • Approved the financial reports ending Aug. 31.
  • Approved the quarterly investment report.
  • Approved TASB policy update 36.
  • Received report on Guided Pathways from Mike Endy, vice president of academics and student affairs. Endy emphasizes the “culture of caring” initiative taking place on campus as a tangible aspect of Guided Pathways.
  • Received a demand study update from Endy who highlighted improved efficiency of college resources based on Fall 2019 student enrollment data.
  • Received an update on the veterinary technician program. Dr. Kathryn Garofalo is now the director of both the veterinary assisting and veterinary technician programs and the city of Weatherford has broken ground on a new surgical building.
  • Received a report from Adam Finley, executive dean of student services, on using numbers with heart. This month’s presentation concentrated on data from summer on-boarding surveys where 68 percent of students reported completing the admission and enrollment in one to two trips to campus, a figure well below the national average.
  • Received a report from Matt Boles with RBC Capital Markets on preliminary financing scenarios for the construction of the proposed new workforce building.

In his President’s Report, Dr. Tod Allen Farmer:

  • Recognized Erin Davidson and the food service team for their continuous excellence in preparing campus meals.
  • Recognized student services and the WC 150th celebration steering committee on Welcome Week activities.
  • Congratulated the WC Phi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society on their 90th anniversary, making them one of the oldest chapters in the country.
  • Congratulated Gwen Crabtree and the entire staff of the WC testing center for their recertification by the National College Testing Association.
  • Announced the resignations of ADN instructor Christy Bowen, controller Rebecca DePuy, assistant rodeo coach Tyler Gifford and computer/AV technician Paxton Mix; the retirement of fine arts instructor Cal Lewiston; and the effective end date of employment for admissions specialist Rebekah Cooper as Aug. 23 and life science instructor and chair Dr. Lisa Welch as Aug. 19.
  • Provided an enrollment update for the Fall 2019 semester. As of count day, the total student enrollment is 5,937.

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