Proposed ceiling on contact hours rejected

The Board of Trustees rejected a proposed ceiling on contact hours at their meeting Monday night.

Trustee Linda Lauer proposed a ceiling on contact hours at the board meeting on Jan. 25.  The ceiling would limit the number amount of extra tuition students paid because of of contact hours.

Since that meeting, MCCC’s Strategic Financial Planning Committee met to consider the proposal. Board Chair William Bacarella, Trustees William Braunlich and Joseph Bellino, President David Nixon, and vice presidents Grace Yackee, Randiel Daniels and Timothy Bennett are members of the committee.

Braunlich presented a summary of the committee’s thoughts at the meeting Monday night.

“We gave it a fresh look,” he said.

The committee recommended that the Board of Trustees reject the proposal to impose a ceiling on contact hours.

Trustee Mike Meyer suggested that the committee’s summary be adopted as the Board of Trustees’ official opinion.

All trustees voted in agreement except Lauer.

“Policy decisions should be assessed,” Lauer said.  “I want to see all the facts, especially the monetary effect on students.”