Members of the Weatherford College Board of Trustees discussed potential tuition and fee changes during their Thursday afternoon meeting.
Andra Cantrell, vice president of financial and administrative affairs, explained recommended tuition changes including a $4 per credit hour increase for in-district students, a $6 per credit hour increase for out-of-district students and a $3 per credit hour increase for out-of-state students. This would bring the cost per credit hour to $80 in district, $124 out of district and $176 out of state.
According to recent surveys, these new rates would keep the college at the state average for tuition, and the increase would generate $573,157 in tuition and fee revenue for the college.
These proposed amounts are a result of study done by the administration, along with the assistance of the Tuition and Fees Advisory Committee, which reviewed factors including projections of tuition and fee charges of other Texas community college along with anticipated budget expenditures and state appropriations for 2014-15.
“We looked at other nearby community colleges and compared their out-of-district cost with our in-district cost to make certain that we would not lose students across county lines because of price,” Cantrell said.
Other proposed fee increases include a $25 per semester increase for housing in Coyote Village to cover the increasing cost of utilities and maintenance in the now 10-year-old facility and an increase from $20 to $50 for replacing lost keys.
Cantrell discussed the need to consider differential tuition for special programs such as Allied Health. Cantrell has found five colleges in Texas that charge higher tuition and/or fees for more expensive programs.
Weatherford College President Dr. Kevin Eaton told the board while nursing students at WC pay about $3,000 in tuition per year, at UT Arlington the same program costs around $9,000.
Adoption of the 2014-15 tuition and fees will appear as items on a future agenda for the board’s consideration.
In other business, College President Dr. Kevin Eaton presented his monthly report:
- As of count day, total enrollment was 5,251 students, down 20 students over this time last year. However, when combined with fall and spring semesters, total enrollment is 10,968 students, an increase of 105 students over last year and a record enrollment for a full academic year. There were also 1,899 students taking online courses, which accounted for a 7.1 percent increase in online enrollments.
- Recognitions – Lela Morris and all of the volunteers who helped make the GED graduation ceremony a success. Approximately 1,600 people attended the December graduation. Also, all of the volunteers who worked the 20th Annual Coyote Chase Race. With more than 700 runners, it was the most successful race to date.
- Employee resignation notices – Lynn McKelvey, PTA Program Director and instructor, and Valerie Franks, Associate Degree Nursing Instructor from the Wise County campus.
Additionally, the board:
- Approved the disposal of obsolete and surplus items through online auction and e-waste recycling with Lone Star Auctioneers. Items include office furniture, computers and computer equipment, audio-visual gear, cameras and other various items.
- Approved the purchase of welding equipment and supplies from two vendors – Airgas, Inc. in the amount of $129,206.04 and Phillips Welding in the amount of $45,441.62. Funds for these purchases are allocated in the Skills Development Grant funding through Continuing Education.
- Approved naming Classroom 107 in the Academic Building the “Carol Eppright Classroom” in honor of her $40,000 donation to the WC Foundation to establish an endowed scholarship.
- Heard financial reports for November and December, as well as the Quarterly Investment Report presented by Andra Cantrell.