The Mohave Community College Board of Governors will consider raising tuition by $1 per credit hour. Arizona law requires that governing boards approve tuition rates on an annual basis. The MCC Board of Governors meets at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 14 at the Lake Havasu City campus.
The current proposal is to approve an $81 per credit hour rate for base tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year for students who have established Arizona residency. Tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year is $80 per credit hour. If approved, the new tuition would go into effect beginning with Fall semester 2015. Each class is assigned credit hours that typically range between one credit hour to five credit hours.
If the proposal is approved, out-of-state students’ tuition would also increase, from $280 to $283 per credit hour and students who qualify for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) reduced tuition would pay $121.50 per credit hour, compared to the current $120 per credit hour.
The Board will also learn about a recent report that calculated the economic impact of MCC on the regional economy. Economic Modeling Specialist, International (EMSI) calculated that the college added $212.4 million to the local economy in one year, largely generated by higher wages earned by MCC’s graduates. EMSI’s report, Demonstrating the Value of Mohave Community College, details MCC’s fiscal contributions to the local business community from purchases of operational goods and services, payroll expenses to employees who shop locally, impact of new students moving into the county, and alumni spending. EMSI’s first-ever state report showed that Arizona’s community colleges contributed $14.5 billion to the state’s coffers. The state report reviewed 21 publically funded colleges within 10 college districts. EMSI based its results on Fiscal Year 2014 data.
MCC’s Dean of Instruction Jill Loveless will announce a new academic pathway from Ashford University, an MCC transfer-university partner. MCC students who are interested in obtaining an associate degree in Health Care Information Technology (HIT) can now more easily transfer to Ashford to complete a Bachelor of Science in Health Information through online classes. The bachelor’s degree is designed to prepare students to enter a high-demand occupations through courses in management, finance, information technology, medicine, and law.
Loveless will also announce two planned summer camps on the Bullhead City campus, which will be an engineering-focused camp and a program coding camp. Both camps are two-weeks and funded by the Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) Advanced Technology Education grant (SFAz+8) to build interest in careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.
The Board will hear a report on the college’s new “MCC Cares” program. The program allows for employees to utilize up to 10 hours of leave time to participate in an approved volunteer program or service opportunity.
MCC Dean of Student Services Ana Masterson will provide the Board with updates regarding MCC’s participation in the Colorado River Unified High School District’s College and Career Fair on March 4. Additionally, Masterson will update the Board on the college’s plan to notify students that the Barnes and Noble bookstores on the Kingman and Lake Havasu City campuses will be going entirely online beginning May 23.
The Board will also review updated options for the college’s compensation and benefits plans and consider the second reading and adoption of course fees for the 2015-2016 academic year.
The Governing Board meeting will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 13 in the Interactive Television (ITV) classroom in Building 500 on the Lake Havasu City campus at 1977 Acoma Blvd., West. It will be broadcast by ITV to Building 500 on the Neal Campus-Kingman at 1971 Jagerson Ave., and the Bullhead City campus at 3400 Highway 95, and to Building 300 the North Mohave campus at 480 S Central Ave. The public is invited to attend in person or by ITV.
The public can view the full agenda, including appendices not exempt by ARS 38-431.0, in the library on each MCC campus within 24 hours prior to the scheduled meeting. They can obtain a copy through the Office of the President, 1971 Jagerson Ave., in Kingman, or go online to:
Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, MCC endeavors to assure accessibility to its programs, facilities and services to all persons with disabilities. Persons needing accommodation for this meeting can contact the Disability Services Office at 928-757-0813.