SCC president Paul Illich says that figure would keep prices steady.
“We’ve been talking about holding tuition constant,” Illich says. “Typically, every year, the board approves two or three dollars for tuition. What we’re suggesting is rather than add it to tuition, keep that constant for now and add it to a facilities fee to give us the flexibility of more than one revenue streams.”
The plan that would place the college at about the midpoint of the six community colleges in Nebraska as far as tuition costs.
SCC is using the school’s capital improvements levy along with private support to undertake several building improvement projects across its three-campus system.
“All the other colleges are using a facilities fee,” Illich says. “We’re in a position right now where one of our greatest needs is to modernize our facilities.”
New residence halls are being built on the Beatrice and Milford campuses, along with a new diesel tech program building at Milford. A dining hall and classroom building are also going up at Beatrice along with a health sciences addition on the Lincoln campus.
Illich says they’re looking at naming rights for various facilities and will formulate policy for that.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice