NCTC one of seven Texas community colleges to increase contact hours

by Darin Allred | Jul 18, 2013 <p> </p>

GAINESVILLE - North Central Texas College will see an increase in state funding for instructional costs to more than $22 million over a two-year period as a result of an increase in contact hours.

NCTC was one of only seven community college districts out of the 50 districts in Texas to see an increase in student contact hours last year.

The Texas Legislature recently voted to award increased funding to community college districts that saw an increase in student contact hours.

NCTC had a 5.8 percent increase in student contact hours, while most other community colleges statewide saw a decrease. In fact, the statewide average was down 6.4 percent.

NCTC President Dr. Eddie Hadlock said that NCTC will see an increase to $22,638,254 for the two-year period. The funding is to be designated for instructional costs and will begin with the Fall 2013 semester. The annual increase of $11,319,127 is a $1.2 million increase over the current year.

The new funding model was passed by the Texas Legislature during their recent session that wrapped up in May.

"I'm very pleased with the outcome of this legislative session and pleased how we were able to work this time as an association of community colleges to get 50 community college districts to come on board and all be in agreement is pretty significant," NCTC President Dr. Eddie Hadlock said. "This is one time when I think that everyone hung together and united in our efforts and our proposals to the legislature about funding and the model that should be used in the future."

Under the new legislation, all community colleges will receive funding for core operations including administration and the business office.

Additional school funding will come from student success metrics.

"We worked out some things that kind of changed the formula of how we are going to be funded," Hadlock said. "Some things still need to be worked out with that, but we did embrace some of our funding coming from student success.

"We get points for students who complete a developmental course, we get points for students completing their first college-level course in math, English and reading. We get points for students who complete a degree. We get points for students who transfer to a four-year institution. So there's an emphasis on student success throughout."