CCC raising ’06-07 tuition

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer

A minimal hike in tuition was approved Wednesday by Clovis Community College Board of Trustees.

New Mexico students will pay $1 more per credit hour at the college, effective this fall semester, according college officials. Out-of-state students will pay $2 more per credit hour.

CCC students residing within the district currently pay $29 per credit hour. Students residing outside district boundaries pay $30, and out-of-state students pay $62, according to David Pacheco, CCC Vice President for finance and human resources. It is a 3 percent increase, he said.

“I hate increases, but the Legislature makes it almost impossible not to,” Board of Trustee member Robert Lydick said.

The increase will help recoup approximately $600,000 the college lost in projected funding when Gov. Bill Richardson slashed $35 million from the higher education budget in the legislative session, according to a memo from CCC Interim President Becky Rowley.

Also spurring the increase, according to the memo, is House Bill 2, which assumes a 3 percent tuition hike at institutions of higher education, thereby allowing the state to decrease appropriations at CCC by $17,028.

Despite the tuition increase, “the college still has one of the lowest tuition rates in the state and will work with any student to insure finances are not a barrier to enrolling,” the memo reads.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting:

• A budget adjustment request for the fiscal year 2005-2006, which accounts for an additional $238,072, was approved by the trustees. Budget adjustments are required by the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration when audited balances are accepted and revenue and expenditures waiver, according to a CCC memo. CCC Interim President Becky Rowley said it is common for the budget to need to be realigned because operating expenses are always fluctuating.

• The operating budget for the fiscal year 2006-2007 was approved. The beginning balance is about $1 million, the revenue for the year is about $19 million, and the college expects to spend about $18 million, leaving the ending balance on June 30, 2007, at about $2 million, according to CCC documents. Between 3 and 5 percent of the budget must be kept in reserve, Rowley said.

• College employees Sharon Winn, Clay Hawk, Jan Williams, Brad Heath, Howard Nelson, Jacque Ochs and Brenda Nixon were acknowledged for their contribution in making the CCC St. Patrick’s Racquetball Tournament a success. The tournament has added more than $20,000 into the general scholarship fund in its 17-year history, according to a CCC memo.

• Judith Spillane, CCC business and non-credit training coordinator, was honored for her assistance in getting SEI, a new Clovis call center, off its feet. SEI representative Warren Woodward presented Spillane with a plaque for her assistance. SEI also announced a donation of $1,000 to the CCC College Foundation.

• The next CCC Board of Trustees meeting will be held at 8 a.m. in CCC Room 512 on April 26.