Colorado Mountain College tables tuition increase discussion |

Colorado Mountain College tables tuition increase discussion

Kathryn Corazzelli

Colorado Mountain College’s Board of Trustees set aside a decision on the possibility of raising next school year’s tuition and fees Monday, pending the receipt of more budget information.

The board is considering increasing tuition for lower-division classes by $2 to $3 per credit hour for in-district students, $6 for in-state and $20 for out-of-state.

No increases were proposed for 300- and 400-level classes.

“These modest increases were proposed to offset projected cuts in state revenue next year of $270,000 to $300,000 or more, as well as increases in fixed costs such as insurance, utilities and service contracts for information technology,” said Linda English, the college’s vice president for finance.

Administrators said if the tuition increases are approved, in-district students would still continue to have the most affordable tuition in the state.

The board will reexamine the matter at its March 12 meeting.

On Monday, trustees did vote to grant in-district tuition rates for active duty military, veterans and their dependents.

Staff bonuses

The board also approved an appropriation of up to $400,000 for one-time bonuses for part-time staff and adjunct faculty. No college-wide salary increase was budgeted for employees for 2011-12, and only a 1 percent salary increase the previous year.

Because actual revenues for the current year are higher than what was budgeted, the board granted a bonus to full-time employees at its December meeting.

“We greatly appreciate our adjunct faculty and part-time staff, and the value they bring to our team and our students,” said college president Stan Jensen. “Because our part-time staff and adjunct faculty work anywhere from several hours a year to more than half-time, we are developing a formula so that we can equitably allocate a bonus.”

“We want to ensure that we recognize faculty who have taught fall and/or spring classes, so we will determine individual bonuses sometime this spring,” said Jan Aspelund, the college’s vice president for human resources.

Because of meeting conflicts, the board also voted to move up the previously scheduled April meeting to March 12.

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