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At its regularly scheduled board meeting today, The Onondaga Community College Board of Trustees approved the College’s 2013-14 operating budget. Discussions on the budget began at the March 26, 2013 public board meeting and continued through four campus budget forums held in April.
The 2013-14 operating budget was approved at $78.2 million, representing a less than one percent increase. The budget includes a full-time tuition increase of $61 per semester, equating to a three percent increase and annual tuition of $4,172. Tuition per credit hour for part-time students was increased $3 to $164.
“I would like to commend the College for a focused and diligent budget process, particularly this year when community college enrollment across the state is a challenge due to demographic changes. While a small tuition increase was necessary due to increasing costs, particularly for personnel and benefits, we’re confident that Onondaga Community College remains a great value for students and we have a well-balanced budget to head into the next school year,” said Board of Trustees Chair Allen J. Naples.
Like all public community colleges in New York State, Onondaga is funded by a combination of state aid, local sponsor support, and student tuition and fees. The state of New York, a main contributor to the College’s operating budget, also increased its support by $150 (6.6%) to $2,422 per full-time equivalent (FTE) student. In addition, the College is requesting a three percent increase in support from its local sponsor, Onondaga County, equating to $279,210. The County Legislature will consider this request at its July 2 meeting. The budget must also be approved by the State University of New York.
“As the community’s college, we take great pride in being able to provide access to higher education to the citizens of our community. This budget will allow us to maintain the high standards Onondaga is well known for preparing students to enter an ever-changing workforce or to continue their education at four-year colleges and universities,” said Onondaga Interim President Margaret M. “Meg” O’Connell.
President O’Connell will serve until June 30, 2013. Her successor, Dr. Casey Crabill, current president of Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey, will start as the eighth president of Onondaga Community College on July 1, 2013.