A $2 jump in student fees will be tacked onto an already approved 6 percent tuition hike this fall, the Utah Valley Community College Institutional Council has decided.
The council, during its June meeting, opted to increase student fees rather than cut any student programs to cover student center utility costs. Under the approved fee schedule, students taking just one credit hour will pay nearly as much in fees ($41) as in tuition ($42)."I wouldn't feel right about cutting programs," Student Body President Jim Woods told council members, and instead requested that student fees be increased.
The fee increase resulted from recommendations following a recent audit of UVCC auxiliary services by the office of the commissioner of higher education.
In March, the Board of Regents and Legislature approved a 6 percent tuition hike. The 6 percent increase will be applied at the 15-credit-hour level, with a variation of 2 percent. When the increase was approved, college officials, at the request of student body officers, decided not to increase fees.
Auxiliary student services, including student center services, must be self-supporting either from fees charged or from the sale of goods and services, college Budget Director Doug Warner said. In the past, he said, the formula for determining utility and maintenance costs of running the student center were based on square footage.
Warner said the commissioner's auditor recommended that electricity costs of running the student center be based on meter readings rather than the previously used formula. Meter readings put annual electricity costs at between $20,000 and $30,000 more the the formula, he said.
"The commissioner's auditor recommended we use the meter readings" when determining power costs, Warner said.
Auditors also recommended that the college consider paying certain administrative and business services out of funds generated by auxiliary services. The salaries of administrators who spend part of their working hours involved in student center services, for example, should partially be paid out of auxiliary services.
Warner said officials are still studying recommendations. "This is only a partial solution," he said.
After considering several student programs, student body officers decided to recommend that none of them be cut and that the fee hike be implemented instead.
"We offer the only adaptive ski program in the state," Woods said in a letter to acting college President Lucille Stoddard.
"We run a student newspaper, a craft center, an outdoor program and offer many other activities. Therefore, we request the administration approve the $2 fee increase and prepare the necessary request for the Institutional Council's and the Board of Regents' consideration. We need this fee in place for the 1988-89 fiscal year."