JCC’s board of trustees approves increase in 2013-14 budget

JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Community College’s 2013-2014 budget was approved at a recent meeting of the college’s board of trustees. The new budget, which totals $34,551,293, is 1.6 percent larger than the college’s original 2012-2013 spending plan.

JCC’s new fiscal year begins Sept. 1.

“Given the continued economic uncertainty in our state, country, and throughout the world, this was yet another challenging budget to build,” Dr. Gregory DeCinque said. “The approved budget includes a state aid amount of $2,422 per full-time equivalent student.

“While up over last year, this rate only partially offsets the cumulative reduction of $553 absorbed from mid-year during 2009-10 through 2011,” Dr. DeCinque added. “While we are grateful for this year’s increase, the per FTE rate is still well below the 40 percent commitment the state made many years ago, and there is no firm commitment to further restore state aid in the future. The state is striving to reach a 33 percent level of participation.”

The new JCC budget will increase full-time New York resident tuition by $85 per semester.

“As maintaining access to higher education is always a priority for us, we are mindful of the impact of tuition increases on our students,” said John Garfoot, JCC’s vice president and dean of administration. “We believe this increase will be offset by financial aid for most of our students, particularly those in greatest need. Students at many of the State University of New York’s community colleges will see similar increases, as will students attending other two- and four-year colleges and universities across the nation.”

College officials built the new budget on a projected FTE enrollment of 3,250 which is a decrease from the 3,375 FTEs on which last year’s budget was based.

“The budget is based on smaller freshman and sophomore classes due to recent declines in the number of regional high school graduates,” Dr. DeCinque said. “We believe it is wise to continue to be conservative with the enrollment estimates upon which our budget is based.

“This budget will permit us to maintain the same high quality education on which JCC has built its outstanding reputation for over 60 years,” he added. “The new budget supports the college’s strategic plan and will allow us to keep the promise we make to connect students to their goals by providing challenging educational experiences in a caring environment.”