After the dust has settled from the controversy over a satisfaction survey at Rhodes State College it is now time for the board to get back to work. A number of items on the agenda at the Board of Trustees meeting. One of the bigger issues to vote on was a tuition increase which was passed unanimously. The maximum amount a two year school can increase their tuition is $200. That is exactly how much the yearly tuition will increase for Rhodes State College students. It is a 4% increase per credit hour. The price will go from $98 a credit hour to $102 per credit hour based on the current quarter system. This increase will help with many of the operating costs that Rhodes State faces.
"We don't have levies or anything else to support and so moving forward with a nominal increase this was the time to do that considering, as I said in the past, we have had some years where we didn't increase or we increased by even half of that amount." said Rhodes State College President Dr. Deb McCurdy.
Another item the board voted on was going from the quarter system to semesters. This was a revenue neutral vote that won't cost students more money throughout the year. That cost will move the $102 per credit hour on the quarter system to $153 on semesters.
McCurdy said, "Overall there won't be a change, students aren't going to see they are just going to pay differently so instead of paying in three quarters they're going to pay the same amount of money but you're going to pay that in two semesters."
The tuition increase will take effect summer quarter of this year.