JALC Rebounding From State Financial Crisis While Tuition Remains Low
March 1, 2019
The John A. Logan College Board of Trustees met for their monthly meeting Tuesday in the middle of a busy night on the campus that included the JALC Foundation’s Annual Italian Dinner and home basketball games for both the Women’s and Men’s basketball teams. A light agenda was highlighted with news from Vice President for Business Services and College Facilities, Brad McCormick, that the College is trending towards a $500,000 to $1 million dollar budget surplus for FY 19. A remarkable feat considering the dire financial crisis that the state budget impasse put JALC and other colleges in just a few short years ago.
According to McCormick, College staff has underspent on predicted budgets for the year. “Our staff has done a very good job of managing budgets and being mindful of budget concerns,” said McCormick. “This, along with some revenues going up and other expenditures going down, have helped us get to this point.”
Later in the evening, the board approved a proposal keeping tuition for FY 2020 at the current FY 2019 rates with the exception of out-of-country tuition that has been reduced.
In other Board News, Board Chairman Bill Kilquist commented on the Italian Dinner and basketball games that were going on congruent to the Board Meeting.
“We just left a great Foundation dinner. It is a great time to sit down and talk with members of the community,” said Kilquist. “I want to make sure that everyone knows how good the Foundation has been to John A. Logan College with their support, and I appreciate the support of the community and this board at the fundraiser tonight.”
In Board reports, Jake Rendleman reported that the Buildings and Grounds and Safety committee had recently met to discuss inclement weather procedures. Rendleman also reported that a report would be finalized in the coming weeks to report on the findings of recent campus meetings to discuss facilities master planning. Rendleman added that a sustainability report showed that the College is currently operating 10 percent below the median usage per square foot for colleges and universities nationwide.
Acting Vice President for Instruction, Melanie Pecord reported that the College’s ADN and LPN nursing students scored a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX licensure examination for 2018. According to Pecord, this is the first time in the history of the College that both programs (about 90 total students) had a 100 percent pass rate.
In addition to his report on the predicted budget surplus, Vice President McCormick reported that the estimated impact the College will see from the State’s new minimum wage rate is around 1.9 million dollars by the time the policy is fully implemented in 2025.
President House reported that Acting Vice President for Instruction, Melanie Pecord has been selected as a recipient of the National Phi Theta Kappa Distinguished College Administrator Award. According to House, the award is presented annually to college vice presidents, deans, and directors who show strong support of their college’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter.
“Melanie, congratulations for receiving this national award. We are very happy for this and happy for your service to the college,” said House. “This is not only a proud moment for you, but also for the College as well.”
The consent agenda that included the following items were approved: disposal of surplus equipment, lease of office space to the Nature Conservancy, purchase of welding equipment, instructor course sharing agreement with Rend Lake College, purchase and installation of a new press box at the softball field, and approval of closed session minutes available for public inspection. The next Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26 at 7 PM.