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ACCC Trustees Pass $35 Million FY'07 Budget; Increase Tuition, Some Fees - February 2006

March 1, 2006

Atlantic Cape Community College's Board of Trustees adopted a $34.96 million FY'07 revenue budget and voted to increase tuition and some fees to support the fiscal plan when they met in regular session Feb. 28. The FY'07 budget includes expected county appropriations of $7,782,983, pending approval at an upcoming ACCC Board of School Estimate meeting. County and state allocations provide 22 and 19 percent, respectively, of college revenues in the new budget, with tuition and fees covering some 52 percent. The plan also includes a fund balance transfer of $815,840 which allows the college to maintain a minimum fund balance of $2 million. The budget is based on a projected average enrollment increase of 1.8 percent for FY'07. The board held the line on tuition in FY'06 and increased it by $5.85 to $79 a credit for the coming year from $73.15. Student fee changes include an increase in the information technology fee to $5 from $3 a credit and the creation of a $2 a credit facilities fee dedicated to deferred maintenance. The $10 per semester parking fee was eliminated. A year's tuition and fees for a full-time student will rise to $2,328 from $2,092. For a full-time student taking 12 credits a semester, the change will amount to an increase of $236.40 a year. If the student had incurred a parking fee, that would drop to $216.40. The general education tuition rate will rise to $158 from $146.30 for out-of-county students and to $316 from $256 for out-of-state and foreign students. Culinary tuition will go to $237 from $219.45 with corresponding increases for out-of-county, state and foreign students. Online tuition will rise to $96 from $93 a credit with an added $5 information technology fee. Tuition rates are still being set around the state, but in Fall 2005, ACCC was in the lower quartile of community colleges statewide with tuition and per credit fees of $87.15. Rates for the 19 community colleges ranged from $78.50 to $111.11. The median was $95 and the average was $96.76. To cover the costs of the nursing program, which the college has long subsidized, the nursing clinical fee was increased to $175 a credit hour from $22. The cost of the two-year program is approximately $4,500 without books which will rise to about $9,000 in FY'07. The net change per semester will be $1,100 for a first-year student and $1,250 for a second-year student. A change in the per credit culinary arts fee, from $137 to $230, will not increase the student's cost because of curriculum changes that will drop the fee from four courses that now carry it. The new tuition and fee schedule begins with the 2006 summer session. Board Approves Promotions, Appointments and Title Changes: The board approved these promotions effective March 6: Lisa Apel-Gendron, Dennisville, from acting director to director, academic and student services, Cape May County Campus; Josephine Chivalette, Galloway, at her current title of assistant director, Worthington Atlantic City Center Administrative Services; Cindy DeFalco, Mays Landing, from acting director to director of human resources; Linda Dolan, Egg Harbor Township, from acting associate dean to associate dean, continuing educations operations; Dorothea Dunayer, Margate, from director, grants compliance, to director, institutional assessment and grants compliance; Christine Gamboa, Vineland, at her current title of director of testing; Dr. Ronald McArthur, Mays Landing, from acting dean to dean of instruction; Maryann McCall, Ocean City, from director, adjunct support and development, to director, adjunct development and faculty administrative services; Grant Wilinski, Mays Landing, from acting associate dean to associate dean, academic support services. The board okayed these appointments, reclassifications and title changes: Karen Beckman, Barrington, to director of institutional research, effective March 15; and, all effective March 1: Joan Burke, Pilesgrove, as outcomes assessment coordinator; Vincent Chainey, Pleasantville, and Eric Kozek, Smithville, both security guards. Reclassification: Karen Morelli, Ocean City, from director, Center for Workforce Development, to assistant director, testing, effective July 1. Title changes, effective March 6: Janet Brenner, Margate, from director, institutional and academic planning, to director, community and cultural affairs; Jack Hufty, Ocean City, from manager, grants writing and research, to manager, institutional planning. The board made these reappointments for one year, effective July 1: Administrative and Supervisory Personnel Included in the Bargaining Unit: Lisa Apel-Gendron, Janet Brenner, Maryann Carol, Josie Chivalette, Debbie Ciarrocki, Mark Corbalis, Paula Davis, Linda DeSantis, Carol Drea, Dorothea Dunayer, John Feldbauer, Christine Gamboa, Nicholas Ganaway, Patricia Heller, Jack Hufty, Leslie Jamison, Robert Johnson, Michael Kernan, Kathleen Landau, Jean McAlister, Maryann McCall, Linda McLeod, John Mohr, Karen Morelli, Heather Peterson, Geoffrey Pettifer, Nancy Porfido, Regina Skinner, Mariangela Sozio, Pat Sweeney, Robert Townsend and Michael Wozniak. Exempt Administrators: Kathleen Corbalis, Cindy DeFalco, Linda Dolan, Douglas Hedges, Bruce Johns, William Keener, Ronald McArthur, Patricia McClay, Klaus Muller, Patricia Owens, Richard Perniciaro, Joseph Rossi, Bobby Royal Sr., Carmen Royal, Therese Sampson, Catherine Skinner, Mark Streckenbein, Arthur Wexler and Grant Wilinski. ACA Educators: Ellen Clark, Philip Cragg, Linda Eidell, Suzanne Feye, Michael Huber, Annmarie Chelius-Matt, Daniel Matt, Mary Theresa McCann, Marsha Patrick, Jeffrey Phillips, George Richert, Vincent Tedeschi and James Usilton. Faculty Without Tenure: Agnes Armao, John Atsu-Swanzy, Suanne Bernacki, Michael Bolicki, Heather Boone, George Dailey, Mary Beth DeBlasio, Neera Desai, Keith Forrest, Cheryl Knowles-Harrigan, JoAnna Johns, Al Jou, Guillermo Laya, Lydia Lehr, William Lemons, Sandra Linek, Svetlana Marzelli, Donna Marie McElroy, Michele McGowan, Vickie Melograno, Geralyn Michelfelder, Christina Miles, Kristi Neal, Augustine Nigro, Jay Peterson, Melisa Rousseau, Amy Shelton, Donna Vassallo and Karen Zaniewski. Counselors: Hal Lugerner, Lucy McGlynn, and Anita Polanco. Librarians: Ellen Parker and Susanne Sacchetti. These faculty earned tenure with this appointment: Myra Caplan, Sewell; Loretta Dicker, Galloway; Marcia Kleinz, Erial; and Myrna Morales-Keklak, Toms River. In Grants News, the Board: --Accepted a $350 local arts grant funded by the Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs under which an adjunct ACCC instructor will coach students at Absegami High School in developing art projects to be displayed at ACCC. --Approved applying for up to $1.5 million to the U.S. Department of Education to underwrite a six-year program of enhancing instruction, learning and academic achievement of low-income students. The program is called Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program, or GEAR UP, and would run Oct. 1, 2006 - Sept. 30, 2012. In the President's Report: Dr. Peter Mora made two announcements and introduced two senior staff members who gave reports. The president will serve as keynote speaker at an upcoming two-year college conference in Atlantic City and a panelist at the national AACC conference. Douglas Hedges, dean of information technology services, spoke about the new text-messaging service that his area had implemented to inform students of urgent information. Carmen Royal, dean of students, reported on ACCC's Black History Month events and presented a slide show on one of the events held at the Cape May County Campus. In Other Business: --The board accepted the monthly financial report. --Dr. Albert Monillas, reporting for the ACCC Foundation, reminded the trustees of the March 23 Press of Atlantic City Restaurant Gala and enlisted their help in selling raffle tickets. He announced that Clare and Vincent Sabatini of Ventnor have made a $10,000 gift to the foundation to establish a scholarship endowment. --Bobby Royal, dean of Worthington Atlantic City Center and community affairs, said that the Minority Affairs Committee had met recently and heard updates on various programs. They will honor donor Barbara Callaway at an upcoming meeting and are working on the Holocaust Awareness Program set for March 26. The next meeting of the board of trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 28, at the Worthington Atlantic City Center, 1535 Bacharach Blvd. All are welcome to attend.