Trustees Approve $42.7 Million FY’11 Budget; Tuition Will Rise 2 Percent
March 29, 2010
Atlantic Cape Community College's Board of Trustees adopted a $42,713,775 FY'11 revenue budget and voted to increase tuition and some fees to support the fiscal plan when they met March 23 at the college's Worthington Atlantic City Campus. The FY'11 budget is contingent on $8,695,901 in county appropriations that will be voted on when the Board of School Estimate, a group composed of college and Atlantic and Cape May County officials, meets April 14.
Tuition will rise to $94.80 from $93, an increase of 2 percent, and general, culinary program and nursing clinical fees will increase 3.4 percent, to $11.90, $266 and $223, respectively. The new tuition and fee schedule begins with the 2010 summer session.
Citing concerns about the economy's impact on students' ability to afford increased tuition, the board did not pass the original tuition and fee schedule and budget previously endorsed by the board's budget, finance and audit committee. Those resolutions called for a 4.3 percent tuition increase and $43.2 million in FY'11 spending.
In their place, the board drafted two new resolutions, one that capped the tuition increase at 2 percent and maintained the original resolution's proposed fee increases, and another that cut $500,000 from a proposed $43.2 million FY'11 revenue budget. Trustees felt the college's strong fiscal position, including FY' 10 excess revenues over expenditures of $1 million - $1.5 million, would allow it to adopt a more modest tuition increase, one in line with the rate of inflation.
The cost of a year's tuition and fees for a full-time student taking 24 credits will rise $52.80 to $2,776.80 from $2,724, a 2 percent increase. The general education tuition rate will rise 2 percent to $94.80 from $93 for in-county students, to $189.60 from $186 for out-of-county students and to $379.20 from $372.00 for out-of-state and foreign students. Culinary tuition will go to $285.60 from $280 with corresponding increases for out-of-county, state and foreign students. Online tuition will rise to $116.30 a credit from $114.
Preliminary figures indicate Atlantic Cape's tuition will remain in the lower third of community colleges statewide, and tuition and fees will not exceed the maximum Pell Grant award.
Board Honors Retiring Faculty Member
The board honored Dr. Wilfred Parsons of Vineland, associate professor of science, and accepted his retirement effective June 29. Dr. Parsons, who has been a member of Atlantic Cape's faculty since 1971, was recognized for "delivering high quality instruction" for his work in redesigning the anatomy and physiology curriculum and for serving as Middle States chairman and co-chairman in 1993 and 1996, respectively. He also was lauded for his "passionate advocacy in support of improving faculty working conditions" for his service in various capacities for the college's education association.
In Other Business, the Board:
--Approved the Feb. 28, 2010, financial statement.
--Endorsed revisions to a human resources policy on rule violations.
--Authorized a nine-month contract not to exceed $80,000 with Gabel Associates of Highland Park to provide construction management services for the college's solar projects.
--Approved payment of $33,004 to the Atlantic County Justice Facility for Adult Basic Education Grant FY'10 expenses.
--Approved a $76,014 purchase of Apple computers from Apple Computer of Austin, Texas, pending Perkins Grant approval.
In Grants Activity, the Board:
--Approved the reallocation of funds under the FY'10 Perkins Grant spending plan.
--Endorsed the college's application for the MetLife Foundation/Civic Ventures Community College Encore Career Initiative for $25,000. The grant would run July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011.
--Okayed the college's application for the Coca-Cola Company and Keep America Beautiful Bin Grant Program. Grant would start April 22 and provide 10 recycling bins the college would keep.
In the President's Report:
--Kevin Davis was honored as National Junior College Athletic Association Player of the Week. The Smithville resident and transfer student captured the award by scoring 90 points over two games as a guard on Atlantic Cape's men's basketball team.
--Dean Bobby Royal and Supervisor of Security and Public Safety William Keener reported on the college's Safe Campus Initiative, the work of the college's Cross-functional Safe Campus Advisory Committee. With the assistance of Sgt. Charles Mettille, Keener talked about a new Web-based incident reporting system and the Alert FM Subcarrier System that provides an added way to share information during an emergency.
--Dr. Arthur Wexler, vice president of academic affairs, and Grant Wilinski, associate dean of academic support, spoke about renovations to the Mays Landing Campus library that converted it to an information commons where students can access books and computers in one location. Those improvements and other upgrades were highlighted at a recent open house for the college community.
--Kathy Corbalis, executive director of college relations, recognized Geoffrey Pettifer, director of college marketing, for his work leading to a silver Paragon award from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations. The award, in the online marketing/advertising category, recognized the What's Cooking segments on NBC 40 that feature Academy of Culinary Arts chefs and students. Pettifer accepted the award at the NCMPR national conference in Albuquerque, N.M., March 16, where he also presented a breakout session on social networking. Corbalis co-presented a discussion group at the conference and was appointed Director-at-Large on the NCMPR board.
--The College received extensive national media coverage last week, Corbalis reported, with articles in the Wall Street Journal and Community College Times, and she recognized all those who helped make the coverage possible. Jean McAlister, associate dean of continuing education operations, was a guest on National Public Radio's Diane Rehm Show, speaking about how the college provides retraining for unemployed workers and the challenges those students face in the current economy. Dr. Mora was interviewed by NBC 40 on the impact on the college budget of Gov. Christie's proposed cuts to higher education.
--Brittany Williams-Goldstein, associate dean of human resources, presidential and board services, reported on the board's recent retreat and upcoming board activities and college events.
The next meeting of the board of trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 27, at the Cape May County Campus. All are welcome to attend.