KCTCS Board approves tuition increase

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Regents approved the 2016-22 KCTCS Strategic Plan and a $9 per student credit hour tuition increase for in-state students during its quarterly meeting Friday. The tuition rate follows the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education’s (CPE) tuition setting guidelines.

The board approved the 2016-22 KCTCS strategic plan that builds upon the mandates outlined for KCTCS in the Kentucky Postsecondary Education Improvement Act of 1997 and aligns with the CPE Strategic Agenda 2015-20. The planning process began in 2015 by collecting input from stakeholders throughout the state through a statewide vision survey and listening sessions at all KCTCS colleges and the KCTCS system office.

More than 4,000 community members, business leaders, students and employees participated in activities to envision the future of KCTCS. Additionally, statewide Innovation Roundtables funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation were conducted to further refine the strategic plan vision, values and goals. These roundtable sessions were held in each of Kentucky’s nine economic regions with key community and economic development stakeholders.

The 2016-22 KCTCS Strategic Plan goals are:
• Raise the level of educational attainment in the Commonwealth by positioning KCTCS as the accessible, affordable and relevant postsecondary education choice for Kentuckians.
• Increase the access and success for all KCTCS students, particularly among traditionally underserved populations.
• Develop clear pathways through all levels of postsecondary education with an emphasis on experiential learning that lead to successful employment outcomes for KCTCS graduates.
• Improve student engagement, support, experiences, and success with best-in-class academic and student services.
• Align programs and curricula with needs of employers that enhance the employability, job placement and career development of KCTCS graduates.

“This plan is aligned with several state agencies and associations, like the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board, the Kentucky Department of Education and CPE to ensure we are all focused on a strategic vision for Kentucky,” said KCTCS Board of Regents Chair Marcia L. Roth.

The board also approved an increase in the in-state tuition rate for the 2016-17 academic year from $147 to $156 per student credit hour. Out-of-state tuition rates approved include a $312 per credit hour rate for out-of-state students from counties contiguous to Kentucky and $546 for all other out-of-state students.

“KCTCS remains the most affordable higher education option in Kentucky and is less than half the price of all the state’s public four-year universities,” said Chair Roth.

Projected tuition increases for all of Kentucky’s postsecondary institutions are outlined below:
Institution 2015-16 Per Credit Hour tuition Projected 2016-17 Per Credit Hour Tuition*
University of Kentucky $443 $465
University of Louisville $440 $462
Eastern Kentucky University $340 $358
Kentucky State University $307 $325
Morehead State University $333 $351
Murray State University $317 $335
Northern Kentucky University $364 $382
Western Kentucky University $387 $405
KCTCS $147 $156
*Maximum tuition increases set by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.

Additionally, the board:
• Approved a 2016-17 operating budget of $839,607,200, which is a $48.5 million reduction from the prior year and an $89.1 million reduction since 2013-14. The budget does not include any salary increases for faculty and staff.

• Approved or ratified seven certificate programs and six associate programs:
• An associate in applied science in surgical technology for Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College;
• An associate in applied science in physical therapist, radiography and respiratory care for Hopkinsville Community College; and
• An associate in applied science in electrical technology and welding technology for Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College.
• Approved 19,231 academic credential requests (associate degrees, diplomas and certificates). These credentials include:
• 11,842 candidates for certificates,
• 1,160 candidates for diplomas, and
• 6,229 candidates for associate degrees.

The next meeting of the KCTCS Board of Regents will be September 15-16, 2016 at Ashland Community and Technical College.

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