South Plains College Board of Regents met in a regular meeting on Thursday. The regents approved a $7/semester hour increase for out of district and non resident student tuition rates. It will increase out of district tuition to $80/semester hour and non resident rates to $96/semester hour. The increase will not effect in district tuition rates. Regents agreed that in district residents paid an increase when they had to raise taxes last year. The increase passed on a unanimous vote.
Regents also approved the campus carry policy as required by a new state law which will allow the carrying of concealed weapons by license holders on community college campuses effective August 2017. It was noted that SPC pretty well kept their policy in accordance with state law. License holders will not be able to carry in a board of regents meeting or other governance meeting. They also will not be able to carry at any high school or college sporting event and will not be allowed to carry in the Natatorium. It was noted that any exception to this policy must go through the President’s office.
The regents also discussed the course offerings on the Lubbock campus. With the addition of the Lubbock center there are 21 new offerings being added to the course offerings of SPC. This includes 4 additional sections of Automotive Technology including a New Lubbock Cooper ISD Dual Credit, 5 additional sections in Computer Information Systems, 3 additional sections in Office Administration, 6 additional sections in welding technology including a NEW Lubbock Cooper ISD Dual Credit and the New Culinary Arts Program.
The Vice President of Institutional Advancement presented the Scholarship report. In fiscal year 2017, 1,316 students were awarded with scholarships totaling 2.3 Million dollars. The SPC Foundation has presented 794 of those scholarships totaling $804,425. The foundation board has already authorized $881,000 for 2018. It was also noted that 100% of the applications submitted which were found to be eligible were approved. There was a total of 1,025 applications received in 2017.
The regents also approved rank and tenure promotions as recommended by President Dr. Robin Satterwhite.