TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (May 21, 2012) –Today, Tallahassee Community College President Jim Murdaugh announced to the College’s District Board of Trustees that, in keeping with Governor Rick Scott’s recommendations regarding college tuition, he is not recommending a tuition increase for the 2012-13 academic year. This recommendation was made at today’s monthly Board of Trustees meeting despite the Florida Legislature’s authorization of up to a five percent increase in tuition for colleges statewide.
On April 17, 2012, when he issued implementing language for the budget the Governor wrote, “I believe that increases in tuition and fees, if any, should be specifically designed to improve learning gains, enhance or improve services that are targeted toward higher completion and placement rates, or to expand or improve programs that are tied directly to Florida’s workforce needs.”
President Murdaugh said, “We applaud this move toward greater accountability. Unless and until we can identify strategies to improve the outcomes of our College in the three areas that the Governor identified, we will not ask our Trustees to vote for a tuition increase.”
TCC leadership does monitor and implement strategies in the three areas the Governor asked colleges to focus on before considering tuition increases. TCC’s emphasis on improved learning gains has been tracked at 85 percent and 82 percent of students achieving learning gains at the mastery level in the areas of critical thinking and written communication, respectively.
TCC’s completion rate is almost three percent higher than the state average. Still, extra effort is being made to enhance student engagement, intervene early when needed and offer greater outside the classroom learning support and experiences. The College is working to improve programs tied to Florida’s workforce needs by expanding STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and environmental programs and aligning with local advisory boards to determine the best education and training needed for in-demand jobs.
TCC tuition and fees are $96.83 per credit hour for in-state residents; $373.99 per credit hour for out-of-state residents.
TCC Board members will vote on the 2012-13 budget at the June District Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for June 18 at 4 p.m.