Lake Land Board Approves Tuition Hike

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Published on October 9 2012 2:12 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The Lake Land College Board of Trustees Monday approved a three-dollar per credit hour increase in tuition rates, effective with the new semester in January.

The In-District tuition rate will go to $83.50, the Out-of-District rate will go to $201.75, and the Out-of-State rate will go to $383.52.  Lake Land President Scott Lensink said the rate is still one third to one fourth of the fee paid to attend Eastern or the U of I. 

Lensink said the increase is due to a lack of funding from the State.  He said the increase is expected to generate an additional $300,000, but said the State paid Lake Land $600,000 less than what was promised.  The balance, he said, came from cuts in staff positions.

Asked by Trustee Robert Luther whether the increase is enough, Vice-President for Business Services Ray Rieck said the amount is "probably a little conservative", but Lensink said, "This is the minimum we need."

Trustees reviewed course additions within the past six months.  14 of the 16 additions are trained toward a focus on business and industry.  The Board also heard that 23 valedictorians or salutatorians from the district are attending Lake Land, the most ever.   The list of Student Ambassadors for 2012-2013 was also unveiled.  Ambassadors include Emily Adams of Windsor, Tori Daniels of Strasburg, Matthew Huels of Altamont, Taylor Kerner of Newton, Brooke Probst of Stewardson, and Jamie Rexroat of Dieterich.

Lake Land trustees got a report from their audit firm that the college had a "clean audit", with auditor Robert Arnholt saying, "The college is doing all it can" to comply with guidelines.  The Board also approved articulation agreements with Eastern on 11 courses.  The courses are business-related and are Associate in Applied Science courses, courses that don't typically transfer to Eastern.  Lensink said those who pursue an AAS degree also don't typically try to transfer to a four-year school, so this course could be an incentive for some of them to go on.  An articulation agreement was also approved with Eastern so that an Associates degree in Human Services Psychology at Lake Land would transfer to the Bachelors degree in Family and Consumer Sciences at Eastern.

Three Lake Land employees who teach at Vandalia Correctional Center were notified that they may not be rehired for next year, depending on whether funding and enrollment warrant it.  The Board also discussed granting tuition waivers to first and second place finishers in the WYSE regional competition held at Lake Land each spring.  Trustee Tom Niebrugge suggested boosting the amount awarded to entice more interest in the waivers, and the matter will be discussed again in November.

Trustees also approved the Dagorhir Battle Gaming Club, a nationwide live action role-play of medieval times.  Dagorhir combines education, socialization and physical activity.  The Board also heard the results of the Student Government Elections.  16 students sought election, the most ever, and eight were elected...Mikaela Walk, Donald Tucker, Melissa Whitten, Justin Grohler, Ian Keith, Taylor Kerner, Dylan Rardin, and Garrett Haddock.

The Board was also updated on a series of power failures on campus this summer and work by the college and Coles-Moultrie Electric Co-Operative to correct the problem, and discussed upgrades to building safety and accessibility in the Northwest Building on campus.