HARRISBURG – The Board of Trustees of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, adopted a $178-million balanced 2014-15 budget today, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, that will ensure the College remains on a path to long-term fiscal stability.
Adoption of Budget
“For 50 years, HACC has provided an accessible and affordable quality educational experience,” said HACC President John J. “Ski” Sygielski, Ed.D. “Despite less revenue from enrollment and local sponsoring school districts, HACC has approved a balanced budget.”
The adoption of the balanced budget includes the following strategies:
Implementing cost-saving initiatives
HACC has been proactively adjusting the way business is conducted by taking into consideration the economic trends and environmental needs affecting everyday business. The following changes and project implementations will result in ongoing savings, collegewide efficiency and continued sustainability:
Implementing a modest tuition increase
The Board of Trustees voted to increase tuition by $10 per credit for sponsored school district students, $6 per credit for all other in-state students and $9 per credit for out-of-state and international students. The technology fee will increase by $2 from $20 per credit hour to $22 per credit hour.
“HACC strives to keep tuition as affordable as possible,” Sygielski said. “To help students with the cost of tuition and books, we encourage them to apply for scholarships provided by generous donors to the HACC Foundation.”
The next scholarship application cycle for HACC Foundation scholarships is Monday, Aug. 4 through Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014.
HACC, like many community colleges, experienced a decrease in enrollment due to the continuing effects of the economy. Limiting tuition increases and focusing on enrollment growth while striving to minimize the increasing burden on our students remain the College's goals.
“In this case, the law is catching up to reality. The reduced levels of support are the unfortunate result of a constrained fiscal environment at the local and state levels. It is the College's hope that a state plan to adequately fund higher education is implemented in the future," Sygielski said.
Student Success and Investment
The 2014-15 budget maintains the College’s fiscal stability by strengthening and investing in marketing initiatives to support an increase in enrollment. It provides resources to strengthen student support services and help close achievement gaps.
Interact used online and telephone surveys, interviews, focus groups, on-site campus visits and a communications audit to develop a marketing campaign, which launched in April 2014.
Maintaining Quality Workforce
In the 2014-15 fiscal year, eligible HACC employees will receive a 2-percent wage increase, effective July 1, 2014. For impacted faculty only – employees whose salaries have not yet reached a predetermined target dollar amount in comparison to similar institutions – there will be an additional 0.5-percent increase to ensure salary equity.
Mission and Vision for the Future
The College’s mission statement distinguishes HACC as the first choice for a quality and accessible higher education opportunity. The vision statement expresses that HACC will create opportunities and transform lives to shape the future.
“The adoption of the 2014-15 budget will assist us in bringing our mission and vision statements to life,” said Sygielski.
HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, offers more than 150 career and transfer associate degree, certificate and diploma programs to nearly 20,000 students at campuses in Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York and through online classes. In addition, HACC serves more than 29,000 students in noncredit workforce development, public safety, adult basic education and continuing education programs offered at all campuses and off-site locations in many communities in Central Pennsylvania. For more information on how HACC is uniquely YOURS, visit www.hacc.edu.