Tri States Public Radio Staff
Expecting Enrollment Boost
Thu July 11, 2013
SCC Boosting Tuition
Southeastern Community College's Board of Trustees has increased tuition by $3/credit hour.
Vice President Bill Meck says the in-state rate will now be $145/hour while the out-of-state rate will be $150/hour.
He says the college was about to go with a more modest increase, in part, because of an increase in direct state aid and an expansion of workforce development funding.
The Iowa Department of Education noted, last fall, that SCC had the 4th lowest tuition rate among the state's 15 community colleges.
ENROLLMENT TRENDING UP
Meanwhile, SCC is anticipating more students on its campuses this fall.
President Michael Ash says early enrollment is up 14 students as of July 5, compared to the same day one year ago.
He says the number of credit hours is also up nearly 600 compared to last year.
Dr. Ash says SCC has placed an added emphasis on increasing enrollment, be it through students leaving high school or adults enhancing their skills.
He also believes a more positive attitude throughout the college is helping to bring in students.
Programs seeing the most growth are welding, criminal justice and arts & sciences.
By contrast, fewer students are signed up for accounting, animation and construction tech.
SCC saw a decrease in enrollment last fall, compared to the 2011 fall semester.
The early enrollment numbers are expected to double when the official count is registered.