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Tuition Increases $5

FREEPORT - The Highland Community College Board of Trustees approved a tuition increase of $5.00 at the March Board of Trustees meeting. The change is effective for the fall 2007 semester when tuition will be $72.00 per credit hour.

Highland’s Trustees have historically kept tuition and fees at or near the Illinois state average. Highland officials are estimating that the average tuition and fees will be $78 next year based on information they gathered from other institutions. HCC’s combined tuition and fees will be $78.

Since FY03, unrestricted state funding has declined by an average 3% or $100,000 every year. Overall, state funding is lower than it was in FY’04, and is expected to remain flat from FY’07 to FY’08. Highland President Joe Kanosky says that the Trustees, administration and Illinois Community College Board continue to bring this funding trend to the attention of state legislators and that the community also needs to understand the funding situation. “We’re deeply concerned about the state funding trend, and we understand that the burden is placed more heavily on tax and tuition support. We think it is important that we share this information with our communities,” said Kanosky.

Trustees also approved a new policy which requires that every form or document requesting a Social Security number include a disclosure statement explaining the purpose for collecting the Social Security number, how it will be used for reporting purposes, and whether or not the number of required. Approval of this policy coincides with the College’s conversion to a computer generated identification number system for all students.

In other business, Trustees:
• Approved course fee changes. The technology fee paid by every student was increased from $5.00 to $6.00 for the fall semester. Course fees are set to help recover the cost of instructional supplies or technology.
• Approved a one-year extension to President Kanosky’s contract. The action extends Dr. Kanosky’s contract through June 30, 2010. All other terms and conditions of the agreement are unchanged.
• Accepted a bid for audio-visual equipment from Pratt Audio Visual and Video Corporation of Bettendorf, Iowa. The bid for $238,633 will provide standardized, permanently installed technology in a majority of the College classrooms. The audio visual capabilities of Highland’s conference center will also be improved. Highland has not replaced AV technology for approximately ten years. Funds for this project were made available through the bond sale.

Laurie Gungel, director of the Business Institute (BI), provided a report on the BI’s enrollment and revenue for fiscal year 2006. The BI provided 136 customized classes in technical, computer, quality management, Spanish, and health care topics for area businesses. More information is available about the BI at

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