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RCC board votes to keep student fees flat

Staff report

May 7, 2014

HAMLET – The Richmond Community College Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to keep required student fees at the 2013-2014 levels for the upcoming academic year.


“I am thankful to our board for their commitment to keeping the costs of college down for our students,” said RCC President Dale McInnis. “Affordability is important for access to a quality education and I’m glad we are doing our part to make RCC more affordable.”


RCC’s activity fee will stay at $22 per semester for full-time students and $15 per semester for part-time students. The required technology fee is $15 per semester for student, even though the state allows a charge of $48.


“When compared to our neighboring colleges, we have had, and will continue to have the lowest student fees,” said RCC’s Executive Vice President Brent Barbee.


According to Barbee, an RCC student taking 12 hours including a science and computer class would pay $39.00 ($22 activity fee, $15 technology fee, and $2 for insurance) per semester in fees. No other surrounding college’s fees are under $50 per semester, with a maximum fee of $95.65 charged by one neighboring community college.


While each college sets its own student fees, the North Carolina Community College System sets tuition for the 58 colleges in the system. For the 2013-2014 academic year, the tuition rate for the system was $71.50 per credit hour.


Presidential priorities


In other business, McInnis gave the board an update on the College’s priorities for the new academic years. This year’s priorities, according to McInnis, have a singular focus, which is a departure from previous years.


“When we looked at what we our priorities are as we move into next school year, there was only one real choice: jobs,” McInnis said. “Everything that we do should be centered around our students, whether they are curriculum students or continuing education students, finding careers when they complete their time at RCC.”


McInnis said the formula for student success include enrollment; retention; graduation; credentials which all equal jobs jobs.


To support this goal, there is a renewed focus on career and academic advising for all students, the student’s first year, speaking and writing, technology and developing the potential of every employee.


Vice President Retirement


Tuesday’s meeting was the final one for RCC’s Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development Steve Smith, who is retiring after 30 years of service to the state of North Carolina.


“I am very grateful for everything that Steve has done during his tenure here at RCC,” McInnis said. “He will be greatly missed.”


“I am appreciative of the opportunity that this board has given me here at RCC,” Smith said, whose last day is May 16. “We have a great team in WED and I am sure they will be able to carry forward the efforts we have began in the last few years.”


Robbie Taylor, who currently serves as a director in the program, moves into the vice president role on May 19.


In other business, the board reviewed the college’s 2013-2014 year-to-date budget and approved the final stage of the Forte Building renovation to be completed this summer.