SCF Board Report: June 26, 2012

Board Approves “Reinvestment in Student Success” Budget

(Bradenton, Fla., June 26, 2012) -- State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) District Board of Trustees on June 26 approved a $48.2 million fiscal year 2012-2013 operating budget, associated schedules and employment contracts.

“We are gratified that our board approved a solid budget that includes the SCF administration’s proposed ‘Reinvestment in Student Success’ initiatives,” said SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner.

The budget is $1.1 million higher than the previous year’s budget and includes no tuition increase for students and no salary increase for employees.

“Gov. Scott allowed the Florida Legislature’s 5 percent tuition increase for state colleges to take effect, which would have provided in excess of $1 million for SCF, but no tuition increase is included in the SCF budget,” said Dr. Carol Probstfeld, vice president of business and administrative services.

In addition, no Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) funds were received from the state. This unprecedented occurrence will force the College to rely upon its student capital improvement fees for routine repairs and maintenance.

The motion to approve the budget passed unanimously by the board.

The total per full-time equivalent (FTE) funding is at the same level as in 2006. As the state’s percent of the total has decreased to 44.5 percent, more of the burden has shifted to students. Recognizing this shift to the students in the last several years, the SCF budget did not include a tuition increase and will remain at $78.84 at the two-year associate level for Florida residents. Total tuition and required fees for SCF’s baccalaureate programs also will not increase. A full list of tuition and fees will be available later on the SCF website.

“This makes SCF an even greater value compared to other local and regional institutions,” said Board Vice Chair Dr. Craig Trigueiro. The University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee increased tuition by 11 percent, and most state universities increased tuition up to 15 percent.

The “Reinvestment in Student Success” initiatives include investing in software that enhances recruitment efforts and allows students to track coursework through graduation; piloting an e-textbook program with the goal of scaling back escalating textbook costs for students; and implementing a state-of-the-art new Learning Management System. In addition, the College will expand STEM opportunities and support by increasing equipment and other resources to encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs.

In response to the board’s request for a detailed amortization schedule on how the College would recoup the startup costs for SCF Collegiate School, Probstfeld presented a proposal.

“We are on track with the proposed financial plan of SCF Collegiate School. As forecasted, in the 2013-2014 fiscal year the collegiate school will enter into an operating lease with the college for the use of the remodeled building at SCF Bradenton,” Probstfeld said.

Beruff suggested a revenue-sharing lease model be considered, and trustees agreed to discuss it further in future meetings.

In comments, Hafner announced SCF’s agreement to partner with the University of South Florida in a “Reverse Transfer” grant initiative. 

“The grant, proposed jointly by the Florida College System and the State University System (SUS), is a project to identify students who transfer into an SUS institution from a community or state college before completing an Associate in Arts degree,” Hafner said. 

Hafner also announced the following:

  • Community College Weekly has listed SCF as among the top 100 associate degree producers for two-year colleges as well as associate degree colleges now offering workforce baccalaureate degrees in the “all disciplines” category and among the Top 50 associate degrees in the “arts and sciences, general students and humanities” listing, which reflects SCF’s standing as a strong Associate in Arts transfer degree-granting college.
  • SCF’s coaches and student-athletes on the women’s volleyball, women’s tennis and men’s baseball teams were named to the 2011-2012 National Junior College Athletic Association All-Academic teams. The minimum grade point average (GPA) requirement for consideration is a team GPA of 3.0.
  • Longtime employees retiring include: Dr. Bonnie Hesselberg, dean of nursing and health professions and provost, Lakewood Ranch; Tim Hill, head baseball coach; and Gloria Shadburn, accounting supervisor.


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