Kaskaskia College Board freezes tuition and lowers online fees

Kaskaskia College Board freezes tuition and lowers online fees

Kaskaskia College Board discusses tuition and student satisfaction at Monday night’s meeting.  Photo by Bruce Kropp.

The Kaskaskia College Board has voted to keep tuition and mandatory fees at the same level for the coming school year.

Vice President of Administrative Services Judy Hempker says tuition will remain at $136 per credit hour plus the mandatory $16 mandatory fees.

“Enrollment is increasing and we are improving our fiscal stability, and we want to be more transparent with our fee structure.  And so all of those things combined, we had an increase last year and we are trying not to pass the state funding issues onto our students whenever possible.”

The board approved reducing the College’s online course fee by 50 percent to ten dollars per credit hour and eliminating the ten dollar per course web-enhanced fee.

College Board Chair Bill Hawley is pleased the tuition freeze was possible.

“A tribute to our staff and all the hard work they do in managing the funds they have available.  We felt it was the right thing to do at this point in time, not to pass along the expenses if we can afford it and we can do a more efficient job.”

The board received the College’s student satisfaction survey and a survey of its education centers. Director of the Academic Center for Excellence Laura Vahlkamp reported 91-percent of those taking the survey rated their overall experience at KC as good to excellent. 96-percent reported they would
recommend KC to others, while 96-percent reporting they felt safe at KC.

KC’s Regional Director of Education Centers Cheryl Boehne says the Education Center survey was developed to gain public input as the college develops its future plans for each facility. She reported 69-percent of those responding preferred evening community education classes while 63-percent supported career planning and placement and tutoring services. Boehne says goals identified through the survey include identifying recruitment targets for the centers, increasing the number of community education and children’s summer program offerings and develop a marketing plan to focus on the centers themselves.

In personnel action, the board hired Jessica Ingersoll-Pauling of Centralia as a Senior Accountant and Jacob Frazier of Mt. Vernon as Applications Developer. The board established a full-time purchasing coordinator with advertising for the position to begin shortly.