January 30, 2020

John A. Logan College officials announced that Spring 2020 tenth day enrollment numbers indicated that enrollment is up about 100 students from the fall semester. Enrollment figures show a slight decline from spring 19 with 79 fewer students, about a 2 percent drop.

John A. Logan College President, Dr. Ron House announced the numbers at the January 28, meeting of the John A. Logan College Board of Trustees.

“Our official tenth-day was this past Friday, early indication is that we are up about 100 students from the fall semester, and down about 79 from last spring or 2 percent,” said House.  “We are pleased to be both up from fall and down just 2 percent from last spring. It is not exactly what we want of course, but we are pleased with the efforts we are making in enrollment.

House added that he would have a more detailed report on enrollment at the February Board meeting.

In other board news, Trustees approved a four-year tuition and fee plan.  The plan marks the first time in four years that the College has proposed an increase in tuition and fees.

According to Vice President for Business Services and College Facilities, Brad McCormick, there is a lot of value to the institution financially to be able to forecast tuition revenue.

“I feel like it is time, given the current economic climate,” said McCormick. It is a valuable planning tool to be able to implement a four-year plan, and even with an increase, the College will still be in the lower 10 to 15 percent of our state in terms of cost.”

McCormick added that students place a great deal of value in what they currently receive from the institution for what they are both presently paying and what is proposed for the future.

Vice President for Instruction, Dr. Melanie Pecord and student trustee Hanna Dobrynski echoed McCormick’s views on the value of a John A. Logan College education, with neither seeing it as having an adverse effect on enrollment.

“As a community college, we offer more programs than most, and when we recruit we feel that we have the most to offer. We also work closely with both the Foundation office and Financial Aid to provide students with all of the information that could possibly be of financial help to them, so I don’t see that effecting enrollment,” said Pecord. “I think there are other things that can potentially effect enrollment like the $15 minimum wage that individuals will soon receive, but I do not see a tuition increase as a deterrent to enrollment.”

 Dobrynski stated that the administration had met with the Student Senate to discuss the potential increase and how it would affect students.

“When we heard the presentation we were all surprised that our prices were so competitive with other schools given the high quality and expense of some of our courses and programs,” said Dobrynski.  “We understand that things become more expensive, so we were not surprised or opposed to the need for an increase.”

Trustee Glenn Poshard stated that the ability to maintain high quality programs is paramount to the future of enrollment at the College.

“You have to have adequate finances to keep your programs at a high level to benefit students.  Even with this increase we will be in the lower percentage of tuition in the states, and while that is admirable we don’t want to refrain from ever increasing tuition for the sake of keeping it low because it could have an adverse effect on our student’s education,” said Poshard.  “We want to keep the best programs and the best faculty, so as long as we are in that 20 to 25 percentile (in tuition), then that is about the best we can do.”

Poshard added that he supported the proposal because it did not put the College’s tuition out of sight compared to other colleges, and that it would give the College the financial wherewithal to keep programs strong.

The proposal was unanimously approved by the Trustees in attendance and will go into effect fall of 2020.  In each of the four years tuition will increase from the current $115 a credit hour to $125 in year 1, $133 in year 2, $140 in year 3, and $145 in year 4.  The proposal also included an increase of $5 to the current $60 activity fee.

The board also approved several renovation projects including the College’s Biology labs as well as several personnel matters.  The next scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees in February 27 at 7 PM.