SCF Board Report: June 25, 2013

Board Approves 2013-14 Budget

(Bradenton, Fla., June 25, 2013) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) District Board of Trustees on June 25 approved a $47 million fiscal year 2013-14 operating budget, associated schedules and employment contracts.

"The 2013-14 budget, despite resource constraints, is focused on our students, preparing them for academic success and a productive future," said SCF President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld.

The budget is almost $1.2 million less than the previous year's budget and includes no tuition increase for students.

With the state's contribution to SCF's total budget at 47 percent, students continue to bear more than 50 percent of the burden.

Recognizing the state's shift of costs to students in the last several years, the SCF budget kept tuition level. For the third consecutive year, Florida residents in two-year associate-level programs will continue to pay $78.84. SCF's baccalaureate program students also will not see an increase. A full list of tuition and fees will be available later on the SCF website at

"SCF continues to be a great value, especially when compared to other local and regional institutions," said Probstfeld. Most state universities in Florida have chosen to increase tuition.

The Florida Legislature also provided $1.1 million in Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) funds, which are separate from the general operating budget, for general maintenance, renovation and remodeling projects at SCF's three campuses.

"We will have to stretch the PECO funds to cover pent-up demand for needed projects on our three campuses, but we are encouraged because it is a good sign for the state's economy that PECO dollars are starting to be available again," Probstfeld said.

College officials established a "New Horizon" budget theme that focuses on initiatives including technology and programming to expand eLearning and enhance student support services and activities.

Personnel costs are at 73.1 percent of total operating costs and do not include a salary increase for employees.

The new budget is effective for SCF's fiscal year that starts July 1, 2013, and ends June 30, 2014.

The board also approved:

  • the 2013-14 salary schedule and recommended days off for the annual work days calendar;
  • a temporary services contract with Ad-Vance Talent Solutions;
  • a rule stating that the development of programs, curriculum and/or courses is the responsibility of SCF faculty and administrators carried out by the procedures outlined by the Curriculum Development and Review committee and the State Board of Education rules and accreditation standards;
  • the college's Capital Improvement Program for 2014-2015 through 2018-19, listing the top three priorities as the SCF Bradenton library, the SCF Venice student center and union, and the SCF Bradenton science buildings;
  • a grant proposal for a Quick Response Training Grant sponsored by Workforce Florida to assist Air Products and Chemicals Inc. in training new employees;
  • and membership for SCF's Contractor Prequalification Review Committee.

The next meeting of the SCF District Board of Trustees is scheduled for August. The date, time and location will be announced in the public record and published on the SCF website.

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