Update on the FY12 Budget from President Proulx

To the College Community:

On Tuesday night, the Board of Trustees voted down a $4 tuition increase and an option to pursue variable tuition for high cost, high demand programs. These tuition measures were recommended to help balance the FY12 budget and meet the needs of:

  • our growing student population,
  • our contractual commitments to unions,
  • our facilities expansion, and
  • to account for the state’s unpredictable funding.

While I am pleased that students will see tuition relief for next year, especially in tough economic times, Joliet Junior College still faces financial challenges as it plans for FY12. We continue to be affected by our growing enrollment, which has increased 35 percent over the last ten years, and the state’s financial crisis. To date for FY11, the state has made two payments and still owes the college in excess of $6 million.

As I said at the beginning of the spring semester, our goal is to avoid across-the-board cuts and reductions in staff. We will need to work together to maximize efficiencies, streamline processes, and explore new revenue generators, such as grants and partnerships so that we can continue to serve our students.

The leadership team is committed to keeping the budget process transparent. To that end, we are meeting with administrators on Wednesday to give them an update on where we’re at with the FY12 budget and what the next steps are.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to thank you for your hard work and your dedication to this institution. We have been a fiscally sound college with a balanced budget for nearly 40 years and that is due to your efforts.

As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns, and I promise to keep you up to date as we continue our work on the FY12 budget.


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