JJC Board of Trustees Approves Course Fees for Fall 2014

 The JJC Board of Trustees approved new course fees for select academic programs at their Feb. 4 meeting. The fees will take effect in the fall 2014 semester.

The fees, including some new ones and some remaining the same as in previous semesters, will apply to select agriculture/horticulture, business, CIOS, counseling, culinary arts, English, fine arts, library, math, natural sciences, nursing and allied health, natural sciences, social sciences, technical and vet tech, courses that incur particular expenses.

“After much review and discussion with department chairs, academic deans and the administrative services division, we have decided that in order to keep expense isolated to programs with high costs, these course fees are the best option,” said interim vice president of academic affairs Bette Conkin. “For example, certain nursing and allied health courses are particularly expensive due to the equipment and materials needed. These course fees will help mitigate those expenses and help the college continue to operate in a fiscally responsible manner.”

The college has taken many steps in recent years to conserve financial expenditures. The FY14 budget saw a $21,375 decrease from the FY13 budget, in addition to a cut in approximately $500,000 in supplies, contractual services and travel funds. The Fitness Center operational plan was restructured in order to achieve $280,000 in estimated savings. The college has also examined many of our business processes, ensuring that they align with our sustainability initiatives, which has also helped to cut costs.

In recent months, the JJC Board of Trustees has asked college administration again to revisit and research additional ways to reduce our operating budget in the wake of leveling enrollments, uncertainty in state funding, and a desire to not rely heavily on the property tax dollars the college receives each year.

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