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NCTC Dual Credit continues to grow

Elizabeth F. Dieter | Mar 29, 2017

Regents of the North Central Texas Community College District heard an update on Dual Credit Monday night from Associate Vice President of Strategic Partnerships Dr. Emily Klement.

Dr. Klement told the board that Dual Credit students make up almost 20 percent of NCTC’s student population. The total Dual Credit headcount for the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters is 1,876. NCTC Dual Credit services 45 high schools in North Texas.

Two Gainesville High School Dual Credit students were able to attend Monday’s meeting, Matt Smith and Brian Monroy. Both Smith and Monroy started off in Dual Credit Welding and have started coming to NCTC at night to pursue certificates in CNC Machining, as well.

Regents also heard a Financial Report from Dr. Janie Neighbors, Vice President of Fiscal Affairs. Dr. Neighbors reported normal budget activity. There was a jump in February due to Financial Aid refunds going out to students.

NCTC Provost Dr. Andrew Fisher reported on enrollment. Spring 2017 enrollment is at 8,714, a decrease of just under one percent from Spring 2016.

Kicking off a long list of possible action items, the board voted to approve the transfer of $700,000 of board reserves to fund facilities-related projects on various campuses. Projects included renovating the 500 and 600 buildings on the Gainesville campus, covering furniture, fixtures and equipment for the new MSU-NCTC joint building in Flower Mound, and covering costs associated with the Industrial Technology Center being built on the Bowie campus.

The board also approved NETSYNC Network Solutions as the vendor for a new Storage-Area Network (SAN) for the college. There were two bids received and upon the recommendation of administration, the board unanimously voted to approve the lower bid from NETSYNC.

Dr. Fisher also presented to the board the proposed academic calendars for years 2017-2018 and 2018-2019. The board approved the calendars for both academic years.

Regents also approved changes to tuition and fees, effective Fall 2017. The adopted rates will be $85 per semester credit hour (SCH) for In-District tuition, $95 per SCH for Graham ISD residents, $150 per SCH for In-State tuition, and $250 per SCH for Out-of-State tuition. Dual Credit rates will remain at $25 per SCH for In-District, $40 per SCH for Graham ISD, $100 per SCH for In-State, and $190 per SCH for Out-of-State. No changes were proposed for the Adult and Continuing Education department.

The board also approved a 12% increase in meal plan cost to be added to the Residence Hall and Meal rates for 2017-2018.

The election judges and maximum number of election clerks for the May 6, 2017 Board Election were also voted on. The board established that the maximum number of clerks per polling location should be two, with the exception of the Gainesville Civic Center, which has been authorized to have four clerks due to the volume of voters at that location. Regent Dick Haayen abstained from voting on this action item.

Finally, the board approved the employment of Rachel Bowles as Associate Degree Nursing Faculty and David W. Smith as Vocational Nursing Faculty. They also approved the resignation of Dr. Joyce Swegle, Associate Degree Nursing Faculty.

All members were present for Monday’s meeting and the meeting adjourned in just over an hour.