The Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees has approved a budget that increases spending by almost 16.6% over the previous year.
The budget was approved at the Friday, June 4 board meeting.
“We are currently experiencing double-digit enrollment gains for the 2010-2011 academic year,” said Thomas Stuckey, NSCC president.
“Enrollment is quickly approaching a 40% increase over the past two years, which is driving a need for more faculty and staff to provide the education and services our students deserve.”
The new budget includes seven new faculty and staff positions.
“Although we continue to see decreases in state funding for student enrollment, Northwest State is committed to meeting the needs of the individuals and communities we serve while at the same time, remaining fiscally responsible,” Stuckey said.
Mari Yoder, vice president of institutional development, said NSCC full-time faculty have taken on an overload of classes, and the college is using more part-time adjunct faculty to cover the classes needed to serve more students.
“Increasing student numbers also mean increased services and equipment needs, etc.
“Together, all of these are increasing budget numbers,” she said.
During the 2008-09 fiscal year, Northwest State had an operating budget of $17,365,223.
For the summer 2008 term, there were 1,012 students enrolled. The next summer, the number jumped to 1,504, an increase of 492, or about 49%.
For the spring 2008 semester, there were 3,586 students. That increased to 4,279 for spring 2009, a growth of 693, or 29%.
The college’s 2009- 2010 fiscal year budget was $17,646,758. That’s a $281,535, or 1.6%, increase from the previous fiscal year.
For the 2010 summer term, NSCC officials are projecting enrollment will go up more than 20%. Final figures won’t be available for about 12 days.
For the spring semester there were 5,497 NSCC students, an increase of 1,218, or 28%.
The budget approved for the NSCC 2010-2011 fiscal year is $20,571,089. That’s $2,924,331, or about 16.57%, higher than the 2009-10 budget.