The cost of attending Illinois Eastern Community Colleges is going up.
Citing the continued uncertainty of state funding for the community college system, IECC trustees Tuesday voted to increase tuition at the district's four colleges. Tuition will go up $5 per semester hour to $88 beginning with the upcoming summer term.
In a related matter, board approval was given for revisions to the Student Military Policy to limit tuition charged to veterans using federal veteran benefits to the in-district tuition rate.
The IECC district strategic plan for 2018-23 also was approved during the meeting at Olney Central College.
The plan includes goals to improve student education experience, expand educational choices and support services, increase student head count and reimbursable hours, improve student life experience and decrease financial dependence on state reimbursement grants.
In personnel matters, trustees announced their intention to consider the renewal of contracts that run from Sept. 1 to Aug. 30, 2020, for Chief Executive Officer Terry Bruce, the district's four college presidents and the dean of Workforce Education.
The contracts will be presented for consideration at the March board meeting - 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Wabash Valley College, Mount Carmel. Action on final approval will take place at the April 17 meeting.
Bargaining unit and non-bargaining unit faculty were employed for the 2018-19 academic year and the faculty seniority lists for 2017-18 were approved for both groups.
Change in status was approved for Kristie Kolb from office assistant to program support specialist for the TRIO/SSS Program effective immediately.
Resignations were accepted from Workforce Education instructor Joshua Lipe, effective Wednesday, and for Laurie Perry, district Office administrative assistant, effective March 16.
The board also approved the change in academic rank from "instructor" to "assistant professor" for 49 faculty members.
In other business, the board:
Approved six affiliation agreements with area health care facilities for the district's Health Informatics Program and the Certified Medical Assistant Program.
Accepted the calendar year 2017 annual report of the IECC 403(b) Plan.
Adopted a two-year academic calendar for 2019-21.