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Iowa Lakes OKs $7 hour tuition increase

By Staff | May 15, 2008

In order to keep pace with increasing costs of operation — not to mention lower-than-anticipated state aid — The Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees approved a $7-per-credit-hour tuition increase.

In the meeting Tuesday at the Spirit Lake campus, President Dr. Harold Prior noted that state community colleges had requested a $12.9-million increase. That compares with Gov. Chet Culver’s recommendation for a $3.5-million increase and an actual increase of $9.1 million for all Iowa Community Colleges.

Prior noted that if the $12.9 increase had been granted, Iowa Lakes could have kept its tuition increase to $4 or $5 an hour. He said most community colleges were asking for a $7-per-credit-hour increase. Prior said Iowa Lakes has the second-highest tuition among Iowa community colleges, behind Iowa Valley.

The board approved the increase and a revised fee schedule as presented, with Trustee Jack Tatman voting against the increase.

In the Foundation update, among other matters Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Shan Ray discussed fundraisers and scholarships. She said said 70 percent of students attending Iowa Lakes receive some sort of scholarship.

In the Iowa Lakes update, Jane Campbell said Ricca Soper was playing in the national golf tournament and the softball team would play its first game noon Wednesday in the national tournament in Normal, Ill. She said the men’s national golf tournament is being held in Goodyear, Ariz.

In the Iowa Lakes report, Darin Moeller, dean of the Spirit Lake campus, introduced Joan McCulloch, Dickinson County coordinator of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.

McCulloch said RSVP helps provide volunteer opportunities for youth and offers cultural activities for those 55 and over. She said RSVP volunteers in the five-county Iowa Lakes area contributed 36,131 hours in 2007, at a value of $5663,282.

In the facilities management update, Delaine Hiney said the new wrestling facility will be built just east of The Max, the Iowa Lakes student center. The board approved a bid opening for the project 10:30 a.m. June 5.

The board approved a resolution to proceed to take additional action to issue up to $670,000 in Industrial New Jobs Training Certificates. The companies include Art’s-Way Manufacturing, Farmer’s Co-op of Ruthven for fiberboard pallets, GKN/Armstrong Wheel, Shine Brothers, and Voyager Ethanol. A total of 210 jobs will be created.

The board also discussed at length the current $863,000 budget surplus which compares to $1.6 million a year ago.

“We have to recruit every single student that we can to Iowa Lakes,” said Trustee Lynn Kueck.

Prior said the college needs to put more emphasis on recruiting and not fill certain positions.

He said if the college can hold steady on enrollment, there are plans to bring 100 additional students in the fall.