Board Report: June 24, 2009

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(Bradenton, Fla., June 24, 2009) - A $44.7 million operating budget, up from last year's $41.5 million initial budget due to dramatic enrollment growth, was approved by trustees of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) (formerly Manatee Community College) at a June 24 meeting.

With double-digit enrollment increases at SCF, the college is meeting the challenge of providing quality educational services to an influx of students in a year when state funding fell below 50 percent of revenue required to operate the college. 

SCF's fiscal year operates from July 1 through June 30. The budget approved by the district board of trustees will be effective July 1, 2009.

SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner described this year's budget process as challenging and expressed appreciation for the efforts of college employees and the 15-member planning and budget committee.

"Our college family pulled together to develop a budget that allows us to continue our forward momentum even in this difficult economic climate," Hafner said.

Vice President of Business and Administrative Services Dr. Carol Probstfeld noted the drop in the state's allocation equates to SCF transitioning to a state-subsidized instead of a state-funded institution.

"Approximately 44 percent of revenue for the 2009-10 operating budget will come from the state with remaining funds coming largely from student fees, tuition and federal stimulus funds," Probstfeld said. Tuition and other student fees will provide 50 percent of the college's revenues, as opposed to 44 percent last year.

Tuition at Florida colleges remains among the lowest in the nation. An 8 percent load-hour increase in tuition is included in the state's community college funding package, raising SCF's associate-level in-state tuition and fees to $87.88 per hour from $78.24. An in-state student taking 30 load hours a year at SCF would pay $2,636.40 compared to $4,503.90 at a typical Florida university based on estimates of tuition hikes, for a savings of $1,867.50 per year. 

"Keeping our costs affordable is important for us as an open access college," Trustee Ron Allen said. "It allows more students to take advantage of the opportunity." 

Out-of-state students at the associate level will pay $331.40 per load hour, up from $294.32 for a year's comparison of $9,942 at SCF vs. $19,128.60 or $9,186.60 more at a state university.

Trustees were presented with the college's first budget proposal to include tuition and fees for a four-year program, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree scheduled to start in January 2010.

The per hour cost for SCF's first baccalaureate degree is $97.45 for in-state students, just $9.57 more per hour than the associate level fee.

A year's fees for a baccalaureate-level student at SCF would be $2,923.50 or $1,580.40 less than the $4,503.90 average at a state university.

Out-of-state bachelor's level students will pay $367.45 per hour at SCF or $11,023.50 for the year compared to $19,128.60, or $8,105.10 more at a typical state university.

The approved budget supports student learning and development via expanded courses and degree opportunities; technology and communication initiatives including mobile learning implementation and a technology refresh and efficiency program; a capital improvement program that emphasizes sustainability; and the expansion of college-wide health and wellness programs.

Personnel costs absorb 69 percent of the budget, down from last year's 70 percent. Despite state budget cuts, no layoffs are planned at SCF as college officials emphasize the importance of retaining skilled employees to manage enrollment growth and facilitate the college's expanded mission.

State Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) funds, which are separate from the general operating budget, were down considerably statewide. SCF received just over $1 million to complete the Medical Technology and Simulation Center at SCF Lakewood Ranch, which included $500,000 to build a 1,600-square-foot energy-saving chiller building. General maintenance, renovation and remodeling projects collegewide totaled $1.3 million, a decrease of $1.4 million from last year.

Board members approved an amended educational plant survey and a new five-year capital improvement plan effective from 2010 to 2015 to provide for remodeling, renovations and additions to College buildings and grounds. Highlights include a major expansion and relocation of the existing Bradenton campus Library to create an estimated 90,000 square feet multi-purpose building, making it the College's largest building.

Other SCF Bradenton buildings slated for improvement include the Computer Center Building, Social Science Building, Gymnasium and Technology Building. At SCF Venice, where major improvements recently were made to buildings and grounds, renovations are planned for the Student Services Building and Library.

Other official board action included:

  • A recommendation for curriculum development and review committee for the new Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. The four-year program, which begins January 2010, was approved by the State Board of Education on March 17.
  • A $118,308 grant proposal for the College Reach-Out Program established to motivate and prepare low-income and at-risk students in grades 6 through 12 to complete postsecondary education. The program, which serves Manatee and Sarasota counties, proposes to increase the number of students from 260 to 300 students. MCC will match the grant with a cash donation of $114,300 and an in-kind match of $5,513.
  • A $547,720 Carl D. Perkins grant proposal to support and enhance the College's career and technical education programs, which fuel the regional workforce. The grant also will assist in purchasing equipment for the programs.
  • Approval for the College to contract with Southern Business Communications and Hartman Integration Services to provide audio visual services.

In comments, Dr. Hafner announced plans to start exploring the development of a collegiate school for grades 6-12 with a curriculum designed to encourage students to graduate from college. Click here to read more.

Two dedicated retirees also were recognized by the board:

  • Epp Miller, a counselor IV in enrollment services, served the College for more than 25 years in various roles such as teaching, counseling and advising. Miller began her career as an adjunct instructor in the social and behavioral sciences department at Manatee Junior College in 1982.
  • Bill Hekking, coordinator of admissions and international student services, celebrated a 23-year career at MCC. Hekking began his career at Manatee Junior College as the first director of human resources in 1986 and has served in his current position since 2004.

The meeting of the trustees marked the completion of Hafner's first year as College president. Board members applauded Hafner as Trustee Jennifer Saslaw thanked him for his service and congratulated him "on a wonderful first year."

The Board of Trustees will not meet in July. The next meeting is scheduled for August 19.

Bill Hekking Recognition
SCF Board of Trustees Vice Chair Ron Allen, Associate Vice President of Student Services, MariLynn Lewy, retiree Bill Hekking, SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner

Epp Miller Recognition
Board of Trustees Vice Chair Ron Allen, Director of Students Services Dr. Helen Meyer, retiree Epp Miller, SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner

El Presupuesto de SCF Avanza a la Universidad en Momentos de Turbulencia

(Bradenton, Florida., junio 24, 2009) - Un presupuesto operativo de $44.7 millones, más alto que el presupuesto inicial del año pasado de $41.5 millones debido a un dramático crecimiento en la inscripción, fue aprobado por los fideicomisarios del State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) (antes conocido como Manatee Community College) en la reunión celebrada el 24 de junio.

La inscripción aumenta en SCF con una cifra de dos-dígitos, la universidad esta enfrentando el reto de proveer servicios educacionales de calidad a una afluencia de estudiantes en un año cuando el fondo estatal bajo menos de 50 porciento de las entradas requeridas para operar la universidad, comento el Dr. Lars A. Hafner, presidente del SCF.

La matricula en las universidades de la Florida siguen estando dentro de las mas bajas de la nación. Un aumento del 8 porciento de carga hora de la matricula esta incluido en el paquete del fondo de la universidad estatal, subiendo el nivel-asociado en la matricula para residentes del estado y tarifas de $78.24 a $87.88 por hora. Un estudiante residente del estado que tomara 30 horas al año en SCF pagaría $2,636.40 comparado a $4,503.90 en una típica universidad de la Florida basado en estimados de alzas de matriculas, logrando ahorros de $1,867.50 por año. 

 "Manteniendo nuestros costos asequibles es importante para nosotros como una universidad de acceso abierto," comento el Fideicomisario Ron Allen. "Permite que mas estudiantes tomen ventaja de la oportunidad." 

Los estudiantes que provienen de otros estados a nivel asociado pagaran $331.40 por carga hora, subió de $294.32 por año comparado de $9,942 en SCF vs. $19,128.60 o $9,186.60 más en una universidad estatal.

Los Fideicomisarios fueron presentados con la primera propuesta presupuestaria incluyendo matriculas y tarifas para un programa de cuatro años, el Bachillerato de Ciencias en Enfermería esta previsto para comenzar en enero 2010.

El costo por hora para el primer grado bachillerato en SCF es de $97.45 para los estudiantes que residen dentro del estado, solo $9.57 mas por hora que la tarifa del nivel asociado.

Las tarifas anuales del nivel de bachillerato estudiantil en SCF seria de $2,923.50 o $1,580.40 menos que el promedio de $4,503.90 en una universidad estatal.

Los estudiantes fuera del estado a nivel de bachillerato pagaran $367.45 por hora en SCF o $11,023.50 por año comparado a $19,128.60, o $8,105.10 más en una universidad típica estatal.

El presupuesto aprobado apoya el aprendizaje estudiantil y el desarrollo vía cursos ampliados y oportunidades de grados; tecnología y iniciativas de comunicación incluyendo la implementación del aprendizaje a distancia y una tecnología fresca y un programa eficiente; un programa de mejoramiento de capital que hace hincapié en la sostenibilidad; y la expansión de programas de salud y de bienestar.

Los miembros de la junta aprobaron la modificación de la encuesta de la planta educativa y un nuevo plan capital de mejora eficaz, efectivo para el 2010 al 2015 para proveer remodelaciones, renovaciones y adiciones a los edificios de la universidad y tierras. Se destaca una importante expansión y reubicación de la actual Biblioteca del campus en Bradenton para crear unos 90,000 pies cuadrados de un edificio multipropósito, convirtiéndose en el edificio más grande de la universidad.

Otros edificios en SCF Bradenton anuncian su mejoramiento incluyendo el Edificio del Centro de Computación, el Edificio de Ciencias Sociales, el Gimnasio y el Edificio de Tecnología. En SCF Venice, donde se realizaron recientemente mejoras importantes a los edificios y tierras, las renovaciones están planeadas para el Edificio de Servicios Estudiantiles y la Biblioteca.

Otras acciones oficiales de la junta incluyen:

  • Una donación de $118,308 propuesta para la universidad Reach-Out Program establecido para motivar y preparar a los estudiantes de ingresos bajos y de riesgo en grados de 6 a 12.
  • Educación post-secundaria. El programa, el cual sirve a los condados de Manatee y Sarasota, propone aumentar el número de estudiantes de 260 a 300 estudiantes. MCC lo igualara con una donación en efectivo de $114,300 y una partida de $5,513.
  • La Donación propuesta de Carl D. Perkins de $547,720 para apoyar y resaltar la carrera de la Universidad y los programas de educación técnica, que fortalece la mano de obra regional. La donación también ayudaran a la compra de equipos para los programas.

La reunión de los Fideicomisarios marco la terminación del primer año de Hafner como presidente de la universidad. Los miembros de la Junta aplaudieron a Hafner, la Fideicomisaria Jennifer Saslaw le agradeció por su servicio y lo felicito "en un maravilloso primer año."

La Junta de Fideicomisarios no se reunirá en julio. La próxima reunión esta programada para agosto 19.

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