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ACCC Trustees Approve $38.7 Million FY'09 Budget; Increase Tuition, Some Fees

February 29, 2008

Atlantic Cape Community College's Board of Trustees adopted a $38,652,750 FY'09 revenue budget and voted to increase tuition and some fees to support the fiscal plan. The action came at the board's Feb. 26 meeting. The FY'09 budget is contingent on county appropriations of $8,344,984, to be approved at the Board of School Estimate meeting March 10 with Atlantic and Cape May County officials.

Dr. Peter Mora, president, gave a comprehensive overview of the budget, pointing out examples of the institution's mission-based commitment to superior programs as well as cost containment strategies it employs. He talked about the college's projected fund balance and some ways it may be used in the coming year, including emergency expenditures, implementing portions of the energy and sustainability plan, and improving campus security.

County and state allocations provide 22 and 17 percent, respectively, of college revenues in the new budget, with tuition and fees covering 55 percent. The budget is based on a projected average credit hour enrollment increase of 2.4 percent for FY'09.

A year's tuition and fees for a full-time student taking 12 credits a semester will rise $153.60 to $2,577.60 from $2,424, an increase of 6.3 percent. The general education tuition rate will rise 6.5 percent to $88.40 from $83 for in-county students, to $176.80 from $166 for out-of-county students and to $353.60 from $332 for out-of-state and foreign students. Culinary tuition will go to $265.20 from $249 with corresponding increases for out-of-county, state and foreign students. Online tuition will rise to $107.60 a credit from $101.

The facilities fee will rise to $3 from $2. The culinary program fee increased by 3.5 percent to $250 percent credit from $238. The nursing clinical fee increased 16.5 percent to $210 from $181 per credit. The light technology course fee increased to $17 from $16.50. Testing and course-related fee changes include learning disability testing fee to $200 from $150 and site visits fee for fieldwork, internships and practicums to $17 per credit from $16.50. A new Accuplacer retest fee was instituted at $10.

In discussing the fee changes, Dr. Elizabeth Dworsky, treasurer, said the college would work with the ACCC Foundation and the advancement office to secure grants-in-aid and scholarships for students in need.

Preliminary figures indicate ACCC will remain in the lower third of community colleges statewide with tuition and per credit fees of $107.40. The new tuition and fee schedule begins with the 2008 summer session.

In Other Business, the Board:

--Approved a resolution extending deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the tragedy at Northern Illinois University. The board held a moment of silence in honor of the lives lost and in the hope that a new day of peace and understanding may emerge from this tragedy and allow healing to begin.

--Approved closing depository and savings accounts at Bank of America and a reserve account at Cape Savings Bank that are no longer required by the college.

Board Approves Appointments, Promotion, Title Change and Retirement:

The board approved these appointments:

--Gorgianne Giordano of Mays Landing, human resources specialist, effective Feb. 27.

--Maria Kellett of Wildwood, director of major gifts, effective March 3.

--Karen Wilson-Wylie, Egg Harbor Township, financial aid office assistant, effective Feb. 28.

The board approved these changes, effective March 3:

--The promotion of Catherine P. Skinner of Mays Landing, CPA, from dean, finance to dean, administration and finance.

--Title change for Dr. Richard Perniciaro of Pleasantville, from dean, administration, planning and research to dean, facilities, planning and research.

The board approved the retirement of Michael Ferrino Jr. of Hammonton as maintenance mechanic, facilities management, after more than 27 years, effective July 1. Ferrino was commended for his dedication to duty as reflected in his numerous Perfect Attendance Awards. He was recognized for consistently enhancing his knowledge and capabilities with heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems by taking personal initiative to seek out and successfully complete countless continuing education courses.

The board made these reappointments for one year, effective July 1:

administrative and supervisory personnel included in the bargaining unit, exempt administrative and supervisory personnel, ACA educators, faculty without tenure and counselors.

These faculty earned tenure with this appointment: Neera Desai of Voorhees, assistant professor of developmental mathematics; Michele McGowan of Glassboro, assistant professor of developmental mathematics; Geralyn Michelfelder of Brigantine, assistant professor of nursing; and Donna Vassallo of Egg Harbor Township, assistant professor of hospitality management and business.

In Grants News, the Board:

--Approved an amendment application for the FY'08 Perkins Grant Spending Plan.

--Granted approval for ACCC to apply for a U.S. Department of Labor Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Opportunities grant from July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2011, for a maximum of $2 million. ACCC would partner with Atlantic/Cape May Workforce Investment Board (lead agency), Cumberland County College, Salem Community College, Cumberland County and Salem County WIBs, employers and regional high schools to promote STEM education.

--Granted approval for ACCC to apply for a Plus 50 Initiative grant with the American Association of Community Colleges from May 1, 2008 through April 30, 2011 for $40,000.

In Contracts, the Board:

--Approved November 2007 expenses for the Adult Ed Grant FY08 for Cape May County Technical High School, $23,183.

In the President's Report:

--Dr. Arthur Wexler, senior dean of academic affairs, reported on recent news coverage received by the Academy of Culinary Arts in The Sentinel, Community College Times and Jersey Shoreline.

--Brittany Williams, executive assistant to the president/director of board of trustees services, Dr. Richard Perniciaro, dean, facilities, planning and research, and Dr. Wexler attended a Middle States regional meeting on the challenges facing voluntary accreditation and responses to those challenges. A decision on ACCC's reaccreditation is due next month.

--Bobby Royal, dean, WACC and community affairs, and Carmen Royal, dean of students, reported on Black History Month events held at all three campuses.

--Dr. Mora showed two NBC40 videos featuring ACCCers-Dr. Augustine Nigro, assistant professor of history and government, on the New Jersey primary, and Carmen Royal, a native of Cuba, on Fidel Castro's resignation.

--Dr. Mora reported on the success of Gov. Jon Corzine's town hall meeting at ACCC and the preparations by ACCC staff led by Dr. Joseph Rossi, dean, Cape May County Campus and labor relations.

--Williams asked the board to note these dates: Community College Ambassador Day in Trenton, March 3; Trustee Ambassador Conference Call, March 18; and ACCT National Conference in New York City, Oct. 29-31.

--Dr. Mora and Dean Carmen Royal attended a scholarship presentation recently at the Middle Township Board of Education meeting. The award was presented to a student in the concurrent enrollment program that provides college courses to seniors at Middle Township High School.

In Other Business:

--The board accepted the monthly financial report.

--Trustee Donald Parker, reporting for the ACCC Foundation, reminded trustees to buy tickets for the 25th Annual Press of Atlantic City Restaurant Gala, April 3. He asked board members to support the upcoming Annual Appeal, which provides emergency relief and grants-in-aid to deserving ACCC students.

--Trustee Eric Reynolds, for the academic and student affairs committee, reported that the statewide Academic Officers Association subcommittee recommended that the AOA, through the institutional research office of each community college, track students' grades in English Composition 101 for three years to help determine the reliability of new cut-off scores.

--Trustee Lynn Baumgardner, reporting for the diversity and equity committee, shared information on the Holocaust Program to be held March 11 at ACCC in conjunction with Richard Stockton College and the N.J. Family Week at the Theater on March 9.

--Trustee Helen Walsh, reporting for the long-range planning and capital projects committee, said that roof repair and HVAC work at the Mays Landing East location is planned for spring. Final phases of the expansion and building improvements at WACC will occur when the weather allows for painting of the building and paving of the parking lot. A grand opening is planned for May. Atlantic City Council approved vacating the portion of Bacharach Boulevard that separates the two properties owned by the college on both sides of the street. The renovation of J building to renew the aging building infrastructure, bathrooms and public spaces will begin this summer. Other major projects anticipated for summer include expansion of Rutgers classrooms/offices and replacement of the central chillers, boiler and cooling towers. The college is exploring the installation of solar power collectors on building rooftops.

--Chairperson Robert Boyer welcomed new board member Terrence J. Crowley of Ocean City, executive county school superintendent for Cape May County.

The next meeting of the board of trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 25, at the Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd. All are welcome to attend.